Are You in the Wrong Job?

Tragedy struck my city recently when two police officers were killed in the line of duty during the same incident. As the story unfolded, the theme that I kept hearing over and over again was how much these men loved what they did and how good they were at their jobs.

One of the officers was a community resource person who worked in the city schools and protected the library. Throughout his thirty years of service, he also taught self-defense classes. The other officer was a canine officer who was involved in protecting city schools and finding evidence of drug deals. He was especially known and beloved for his relationship with his canine partner.

When people are really unhappy with their work, it tends to create negative circumstances around them. Unhappy employees make more mistakes on the job, and they not only spread their unhappiness throughout their workplace, but they bring it home with them. Alternatively, when people are really good at their jobs and happy with their work, and their careers match with their talents, many positive impacts occur as a result. These police officers, for example, were meant to do the type of work that they did, and their communities benefited as a result.

Whether you’re a police officer, a CEO, or a fast-food counter attendant, this rings true. When people are matched well with their jobs, a ripple effect happens to everything around them.

I ask you…

  • Are you well-matched to your work?
  • Are you in the right line of work for your skills?
  • Are you leveraging your gifts and talents?
  • Are you with the right employer in the right industry in the right geographical location?

If you can’t answer yes to these questions, it’s ok because all of those things can be fixed and changed.

Nobody has to suffer in a job with the wrong company, doing the wrong kind of work.

If you’re not in the right work environment, or if there’s not a good match between you and your employer/industry, how much longer will you choose to stay there, being unhappy?

The right job for you is out there. You just need to focus on making a strategic plan to find it.

If you are in transition, between jobs (or about to be), this is the time to evaluate what you most need or want in your next position. And if you are forced to stay in a job that you hate, for financial reasons, you owe it to yourself and everyone around you, to start making a plan to change your circumstances.

How can you make sure you’ll get the right job next time? That you won’t take another misstep in a job search and end up in the wrong role, industry, or location? I suggest, if at all possible, that you work with a career coach.

If you can afford it, you will find coaching to be enormously helpful. A coach will guide you through a structured exploration and decision-making process, and I believe that’s the best place to start.

If you can’t afford a coach, there are many programs, classes, and books out there that can lead you through a decision-making process. Help is out there, whether you choose the DIY route or seek professional help.  I am happy to answer any questions you might have on this topic. Please leave a comment, or contact me.