Why survive when you can thrive?
The job market is tough right now – and it may stay that way for a while. If you’re in a role you really don’t love, and you’ve received one too many letters of regret to recent job applications, it may be time to sit tight and appreciate what you have until your dream position comes along. Here’s how to thrive (not just survive) through the waiting period.
1. Push the positives
Look hard enough and you’re sure to find something (however small) to appreciate about your current environment. Perhaps you’ve made a really strong connection with one of your colleagues. Or, the office is situated close to your regular gym. It may even be something as little as the great coffee they serve in the office. Whatever it is you enjoy about where you are right now, make it the focus of your day and pay less attention to the things that frustrate you.
“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” ― Germany Kent
2. Keep moving forward
While you may feel stuck (for the moment), there’s no reason you shouldn’t keep moving in the direction you’re planning to go. The best way to gain momentum is to plot your trajectory, figure out what you need to get to the next stop – perhaps it’s taking an after-hours course or finding a mentor to help you develop your skill set – and keep moving!
“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
3. Grow your network
Finding the right job often comes down to who you know. And by building a strong network of individuals who are able to give you the level of advice and input you need, keep you informed about industry trends, and connect you with the right people and opportunities, you’re giving yourself the best chance at taking your career to the next level.
“Know where you want to go and make sure the right people know about it.” – Meredith Mahoney
4. Remember: You are NOT your job title
It’s easy to lose sight of this fact, but it’s definitely worth remembering when your working world feels less than fulfilling and more like an obligation. At this point, it’s important to press pause and rediscover your vision for your career. Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why, speaks about the importance of finding your WHY. His website opens with these thought-provoking words: “Everyone has a WHY. Do you know yours?” He then goes on to explain this WHY as “…the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us.” So, while you’re in career limbo, make the space to find your WHY. Remember what drew you to your career in the first place and take this sense of purpose with you into your new position.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
5. Always be agile
The world is constantly changing. As journalist Graeme Wood puts it, “Change has never happened this fast before, and it will never be this slow again.” So, while you’re biding your time in your current role, don’t allow yourself to become complacent. Stay agile, stay ahead of the curve and stay hungry for success.
“Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react, and reinvent.” – Bill Gates