I've been in the wrong job before. We all have. You come in everyday do just enough to keep your head above water and not get noticed for being incompetent, while putting in as little effort as possible.I realized it was time to hit the old dusty trail, when the highlight of my day was when mail guy came by - Finally some stimulating conversation! I probably would've left earlier if I had taken a closer look at what was really bothering me. Read on for some of the early signs that I missed that would've helped me realized sooner that i was working at the wrong job
- You don't want your boss' job
This one is key and very easy to lose sight of when you are busy keeping your head down to meet your day-to-day deadlines, but is something you really should take some time to think about. If you don't want your boss' job, or even your boss' boss' job, then what are you working for? Is this something that you can make a career out of?
- You can't be paid enough
No matter how much you're getting paid, there's no salary that will keep you happy enough to continue doing this day in and day out. Truthfully, any raise or bonus you get will only buy you 3-6 months of happiness before the shininess of the new check wears off. If this is you, then you're in the wrong job.
- New Projects seem to pass you by
If the answer is always no when you ask to work on a new interesting project, or you never even hear about new things that are coming down the pipeline, it's the wrong job for you
- You aren't changing the bottom line
If you can conceivably disappear from your desk for hours on end and no one would blink, it means you're not making a difference in your company, its the wrong job for you
- The 80 - 20 rule
If you're miserable more than 20 percent of the time, its the wrong job for you
If any of the above applied to you, you're either an intern so this post doesn't apply, or you should seriously consider making a career move.