You have a job. It’s not a great job. What are you doing to meet the obligations you signed up for when you took the job? Are you doing your best? Do you show up for work every day? Are you late, or do you leave early? If so, you’re not likely to do better elsewhere, so the first thing you can do is to look at your habits, and… if you really want a better position, choose to change them. Create the habits that will make you a better candidate for your next job… that one you really want. Start where you are. Start now.
- Are there fun things about your job that you haven’t noticed? Is it located in a beautiful part of town? When you go to lunch or on break, can you easily find an enjoyable place to sit and look out the window, or even to be outdoors in good weather? Do you work with some really nice people? Do you have good tools to work with? Is it a safe, comfortable environment (albeit boring)? Whatever of those things may be true, make a note of them, and be grateful for them. That doesn’t mean you may not want to make changes, and find a job that more closely aligns with your interests or values, but it will help you to recognize that there is good everywhere, including the job you currently have. This will help make staying until you find the “right job” more tolerable, easier to relax into and to enjoy.
- What else can you do to make a greater contribution to the bottom line of the company you’re working for? Take a serious look around. Can you get more done in the hours you work? If you can, do it. Can you see ways to do the job better, faster, easier? If so, put together a proposal and present it, in a positive way. Even if it’s not accepted, you can, and will, take pride in knowing you’ve done your best. And, it may result not only in recognition but in promotion… possibly to a job you’ll love.
Now, if you’ve done all you can do, and you’re still ready to move on, you will be much more prepared. While you’re still employed, start looking for other opportunities. If you want to be an entrepreneur, now may be the best time ever to start a new business. Contrary to what you may hear from the fear mongers, it is the entrepreneur, the inventor, the person with the right solution for the problem there at the right time, that moves the human race forward. The challenge most large organizations face, especially in difficult economic times, is the lack of flexibility. They carry the weight of the past; good decisions and bad. These decisions, good and bad, have created a solid, often totally inflexible stance, and attitude in senior management and in the boardroom, that “change will create chaos”, and as a result, change is to be avoided at all costs. This belief causes large organizations to do nothing. Or… in some circumstances, it causes an organizational belief that doing something will be more painful than doing nothing. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, don’t carry that baggage, and are therefore free to be totally flexible, to look for, find and solve the problems (do something) that are out there that no one else is looking for, finding or solving