As the year draws to a close itís the perfect opportunity to take a step back and determine not only where you are in your career, but also where it is you want to go. In a troubled economy, jumping ship is not always the best decision. A better alternative is to find out what your options are for your career either within the company, or at the minimum, before you start looking for a new job.
Do you jump from relationship to relationship, if not, why would you do jump from job to job? You should know by now that ďitĒ is not always greener on the other side. You need to give your career some thought. Getting hired by a new company, even if itís because you need a paycheck is not always the best action, especially if you are already working. You need to determine what is important to you. A job that seems to fit like a glove now may not look the same in 5, or even 2 years time.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Does this company and/or position enhance the person you are? For example, if you take a position with a company or work in a position which creates constant ethical struggles for you, it may not be the right position. If you are the type of person who has a genuine concern and need to serve, does the position give you the opportunity to enhance your talents?
Does the position give you the opportunity to learn something new? Few people are excited by working in a routine position where the tasks never change. If youíre comfortable in a routine job good for you, but if not, itís time to break out of the cycle. If a new job opportunity does not look like itís in your immediate future, ask your supervisor about the possibility of cross-training. In a time when companies are doing more with less, an employee who desires to learn more is a keeper.
Does this position and/or company help you reach your goals? If you can not derive any benefit from where youíre at, it might not be the place for you to be. If your goal in life is to become a nurse, working in the retail industry will not move you toward your goal. You need to do the research and take the action steps necessary to get on the path to reach your goals.
Do you have a resume containing an objective? For most people, the objective is to find a company that will help you enhance your skills and provide opportunities to grow. Did you give up on that dream? If not, consider these points when evaluating your current job and/or your desire to start a new job search.