Wright Foundation | September 3, 2015

Help, I’m in the Wrong Job!

Do you wonder if your current career is the “right” or “perfect” fit for you? It’s a common fear, much like with any long-term commitment. After all, you’re spending a lot of time and energy working for a place that could affect your career path forever, so it’s important that you feel like you’re going down the right road. Right?

Many people who think they may be in the wrong job are actually asking the wrong questions.

If you’ve been asking yourself, “Where do I belong?”
You should be asking, “Am I the right person?”
Focus on being the right person and the right job will find you. When you’re fully engaged in living your life, the right path will emerge from within you. Your life is yours. People who love their lives aren’t worried if they’re in the right job. Instead, they’re focused on being a satisfied and fulfilled person. That’s what really matters.

“What If I Decide to Change Jobs? How Can I Sell Myself to my Network?”

Leave the defensive attitude behind. There’s no need to sell yourself. Instead, look at your existing network, then reach out to those colleagues or friends who work at companies that interest you.

Approach each conversation with a “how can I help?” attitude. Ask each contact how their company is doing and what their main challenges are. Your ultimate goal is to see if there’s any way you can be of service.

Don’t worry about being “impressive” or showing off your skills. Your primary focus should be: Does this company have a need? Can I show them I’m the person who can help? Additionally: What is this company’s mission and how can I help the people at this company meet those goals?

“I Want to Move Up in my Company—What Do I Do?”

Everyone wants to get ahead in business, but schmoozing your way to the top isn’t the answer. Instead, focus on personal development. Internal immaturity causes avoidable mistakes, so don’t put the cart in front of the horse. Instead, focus on earning your way into higher positions.

Confidence at work is nice but there are very powerful dynamics operating within a business. Being a talented worker is great, but always strive for more. To get to the top, work to get the most out of whatever you’re doing—when you’re fully engaged and helpful, the right people will take notice.

Let the Right Job Come to You

There’s no need to worry about whether or not you’re in the “right” job. For a better career, focus first on your own personal wellness and growth. If you feel unfulfilled or unhappy in your current position, dig deeper to find out why. Put yourself out there for comments and criticisms, and use the feedback you receive to see what you can do to improve the situation.

The big picture: Deciding to switch careers or positions within a company? Approach the situation in the right way: with dedication, positivity, and a desire to grow and learn.


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