Today, February 2, is Groundhog Day. The legend says that if a groundhog pops out of his hole and sees his shadow on this day, there will be six more weeks of winter; if he doesn’t, spring is around the corner. Folks here in the Midwest wait to see what Jimmy the Groundhog will predict.
You may also remember the movie Groundhog Day from the 1990s, which was about a weatherman who lived the same Groundhog Day over and over.
Does this describe your career — going from one job to another, but it feels like the same drudgery over and over? How can you break out of this rut?
1. Don’t settle. You need to pay the bills — I get that. But your work life doesn’t have to be a drudgery. Even those who don’t have to feel an all-consuming passion about their work still find enjoyment in what they do. You can, too!
2. Align your career management efforts with today’s realities. There are a lot of myths about what good career management looks like. Granted, they may be rooted in truths from decades past, but practices that were commonplace even 10 years ago are now obsolete.
3. Embrace change. This is a tough one, given that our natural tendency is to want to stay in our warm, cozy comfort zones. Sadly enough, this even holds true if we are in a bad situation. But, if you hate slogging through the days, don’t you think it’s worth moving from what is known into unchartered territory?
4. See potential employers as they really are. I’ve talked before about job seekers who wear rose-colored glasses on the job hunt and delude themselves into believing that nothing could be as terrible as their current situation. How can you avoid another bad position if you won’t permit yourself to view it in a realistic light?
5. Cut out the Debbie Downer act! Yes, being in a job you hate can be downright depressing, but having clouds of doom and gloom emanating from your every pore won’t make things better. Negativity begets negativity.
What else can you do to end your “Groundhog Day” career? And are you ready to make those changes?
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