The ‘Uncut Series’ is a set of audio out-takes that I recorded on the fly based around the 7 Job Search Pillars. The audio contains comment and valuable insight – on how to be happy at work – derived from personal and professional experiences that have helped me and many others discover a career path towards their dream job.
The eight mistakes that I’m about to present could lead to you alienating yourself from your colleagues at work, which in turn could give you a feeling of not belonging at work. These mistakes could be a symptom of something much deeper. It might mean that you’re not happy in your situation and if that is the case, then it’s up to you to make a change and you’ll need to make that change yourself and instigate that change so that things improve.
Some of these mistakes are mistakes that I have made myself or mistakes that I’ve seen other people make and I hope that in reading this and in listening to this, you recognise any of the mistakes that you read and listen to and then go ahead and make the improvements to make your whole situation much better.
Mistake number one is something that I did. I got comfortable in my job and I stopped pushing myself. I stopped presenting ideas, I stopped really talking to my colleagues at work about new ways of doing things. There was even a point at which I stopped improving myself, my skills … there was a point where I was suggesting courses that I could go on to improve myself and enhance my skills which would then obviously lead to my situation at work improving and helping my team to improve. That all began to stop as I lost enthusiasm for the role that I was in. Don’t take this for granted because people around you will notice that that enthusiasm is beginning to drop and the likelihood is that you won’t be able to move on, you won’t be able to advance yourself, you probably won’t get that promotion that you wanted or you end up just treading water and getting even more bored and more frustrated. As I said, people around you will notice that and probably the person who will notice most, is your boss.
There’s another way in which people get comfortable. They get comfortable in the job that they’re in, they’re happy just to tick along and again, they miss out on opportunities to develop themselves and sometimes that development could be a necessity rather than just an option. So what happens in that case when they’re ready to move on from their job having spent five, six, seven years in the same job or even sometimes even ten years in the same job without having improved themselves. They find it very difficult to move forward because they haven’t developed their careers, they haven’t developed the skills in order to make a change and in fact, they find that they’re behind the times and find themselves having to catch up so that they become more attractive to their next employer.
The solution here is continuous networking, whether you are looking for a new job or not. That will keep you abreast of what’s going on in your market, in your niche. It will tell you how you need to develop your career, what skills, what training you need to undergo in order to stay competitive. You’ll be presented with new roles, new opportunities if you are the kind of person who does do that networking. Talking to other people will give you new ideas that you can present to your boss and it will keep your brain going in a sense, so that you remain enthusiastic and driven to improve yourself.
Mistake number two is something that I hear [dissatisfied people do] all the time and that is, people who complain about the situation they’re in at work. Complaints vary from, the work’s not interesting, they’re not getting a pay rise, they’re not feeling as though they’re moving their career forward, they hate their boss or they don’t like the people that they work with. Now I’m not saying that people shouldn’t complain. I complain a lot and it’s just a matter of complaining to the right people, I guess and talking to the right people so that they understand and can offer you positive advice to change the situation that you’re in. That’s one solution to being in a situation where you are not comfortable because that’s probably the reason you’re complaining in the first place.