12 December 11 Escaping job rut

Kelly Services offers four tips for escaping a job rut in 2013

December 11, 2012

Kelly Services, a world leading provider of workforce solutions, offers four tips for escaping a job rut in 2013.

Karen Colfer, Managing Director, Kelly Services Australia, said, “Employees can often feel like they are not getting where they want to be in their job role or career, and may feel underappreciated, underpaid and overworked.

“With 66 per cent* of Australian employees intending to look for employment with another organisation in the next 12 months and 33 per cent* frequently thinking about quitting their job it seems that some Australian workers may already be in a job rut.

“Employees need to recognise that they can control the outcome, and can contribute to a brighter career future and that leaving their current role for a new role is not their only option.”

Kelly Services offers five ways to get back on solid ground.

1. Look sideways. Today's companies are leaner. Job advancement is no longer based on just moving up the ranks, it can be about moving across the ranks. These lateral moves provide a richer understanding of the challenges other departments face, and equip you with a broader set of job skills. What's more, reaching the next rung on the career ladder is not necessarily all that it is cracked up to be. It may take you farther away from what it is that you like doing.

2. Make sure the grass is greener. If you're down about your prospects, it's always easy to look across the fence and see greener pastures. Other jobs may look more interesting, have more challenges and pay more, but talk to friends, colleagues and family, and you may indeed find that the same frustrations you are experiencing in your current job are present elsewhere.

3. Fire yourself up. In today's fast-paced business world, companies must always look for new products, new markets and new services. As companies seek to establish their footing, be alert for new opportunities. Jump on new and expanded assignments and be alert for new opportunities. Challenge your comfort zone and drive some of the change internally. Get involved in industry committees and organisations where you gain exposure to the latest trends and developments and increase your exposure. Backed with credibility and hard work, this enhanced visibility and involvement will attract attention and start priming the networking pump.

4. Set goals. If you decide you have to get a new job, develop a plan and timetable including what job you want and the path to achieve it. You have numerous tools at your disposal including networking, social media, head hunters, recruitment agencies, on-line resources and advertising. Think about how many resumes you are going to send, how many personal contacts you are going to make, what kind of research you need to start and how long you are willing to wait for that perfect job. Be prepared should your current employer become aware you are jobseeking and what you will do if you are fired or given a counter offer.

“Getting yourself out of a job rut is a difficult and challenging process. The start of the new year brings a fresh approach to many things so if you are finding your current job not as rewarding as it has been in the past it’s a great time to take stock of where your career is heading.

“Use the tips outlined above, talk with your friends and family and event your employer about your options and most importantly, always stay positive” Colfer said.

*Kelly Global Workforce Index 2012

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