Career Burnout – I Need A New Job – Really?

Really, are you sure you need a new job? This day in our country the latter question is mandatory before you make any rash decisions. Think seriously and ponder the following thoughts as we ask some more questions.

Do you “really” feel like you are in career burnout, and that you need to change jobs?  Do you dread going to work every day?  Do you only feel good when it is Friday and payday, or do you just need to increase your earnings level? Those are more pacific questions, but we have more.

If the answer to any of these is yes, then you probably are feeling like you are working to draw a pay check, and are truly burned out.  However, the next important question then is what is the real reasons you feel any of the above?

If you make a list of the real reasons you feel burned out. This will help you understand better the reasons for your feelings, and find a way to eliminate the feelings.  It could be that you may need a change, but a change from what?

It all depends upon your educational level, job opportunities within your profession, and again why you are feeling washed out at your current position.  With the economy and the lack of jobs; except for professionals, with higher educational skills, it is probably best to try to revive your excitement for your job.

Start the process by trying to remember how you felt when you went to work the first day, and go from there.  What has changed, and how have you changed?  Often it is that you have changed and that is why you are feeling “career burnout.” This does happen justifiably, however it is important to make sure you can accomplish what is more gratifying, financially and personally.

Let’s make a list of some things that point to career burnout:

  • Do you feel that your expertise is under-rated?
  • Do you join in the conversations in the group meetings, or do you sit quietly without inputting your opinions and voicing your experience in the subject you are proficient in?
  • Do you feel that your manager is not approachable?
  • Do you feel that you are eligible for a promotion but do not have the confidence to ask?
  • Do you keep up-to-date with the changes in policies within your department?
  • Are you lacking self-confidence?

This is a small list of questions, and some may not apply to you.  Make your own list, and dig deep into it and think about how to resolve the issue(s). There is no better way to find out what is making you unhappy or not excited (is the better word) about your job.

I have seen this in action many times.  Someone new comes into the department with less experience, but expresses themselves very openly. They get the promotions, and there you sit in silence.  Of course, one must be professional and tactful when changing their game plan. This can makes matters worse, if you let it.

  • If you seem to be ignored regarding promotions, do something about it.  Usually you know beforehand what the topics are about in weekly meeting.  Do a short report on the issues and volunteer to give it.  Tips, help notes, how you handle unhappy customers, meeting deadlines or preparing reports.
  • Be assertive.  Be a self-starter.  This does not mean that you try to step above everyone else, it simply means that you let your superiors know that you can get things done.
  • Ask if someone else needs help, when you aren’t busy.
  • Ask questions that are useful to everyone, this will show them that you are thinking, and it will build their confidence in you.
  • Sincerity goes a long way if a manager is truly looking for quality.
  • Professionalism is mandatory.
  • Dress code is also a part of professionalism.
  • Respect is a must for everyone, but it does not mean that you cannot be assertive.
  • If you do not believe in yourself, no one else will.  Knowing when to show your knowledge is just as important as making the decision to let others know that you too, have a certain level of experience.  There is a time and place for everything.

This is only a synopsis of what to look for when you feel like you have career burnout, or that you are not appreciated for your contributions.  Explore all angles before deciding that it is time to hang it up.

Most of the time managers know what efforts you are making to do your job well.  They just might be waiting for you to be more aggressive, acknowledge your own worth and experience, or simply waiting for you to make the next move, any move. It could be a talk with the boss, possibly?   Make it positive, assertive, intelligent and all about your achievements, abilities, and desires. It is not the time to talk about anyone else.  It should always be with a tone of humility.

There are times when most everyone gets the urge to think they need a new job or career.  It may not be as bad as you think. If you try hard enough and are not being mistreated, or something worse, you just might need to hang in there and change the burnout to enthusiasm.

If you can keep plugging; if you cannot, then reach for the stars but make sure they are shinning in the right direction.




P. S.  Just a few words of encouragement to try to beef up your enthusiasm for your job.  Work up your courage and then be calm should it not work out as your would like.  Sooner or later good things happen to those who are genuine and sincere.


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