Posted by: deltadallas | August 13, 2010

Your Job: Make It or Move It

Lately, I have spent a lot of time on the phone with my friends. We are all about half-way through our career paths and have begun to question where we are in life. I can’t tell you how many hours I have spent listening to friends who are dissatisfied in their current positions.

In each of my conversations with my friends, I have asked them two things:

1.  What could you do to make your job better?
2.  Is this the job for you?

Last year, I had the honor of meeting Dr. Beverly Kaye of Career Systems International. Dr. Kaye wrote a book called Love it Don’t Leave It. In her book, she tasks employees with making their jobs what they want them to be and provides practical tools to get there.

Too many people jump to another job only to find that the grass really isn’t as green as they thought it would be. Employees need to take responsibility for their own paths and become what Dr. Kaye calls “a self-powered careerist”. A self-powered careerist has clear vision as to what they like to do, where they want to go, and what it is going to take to get there.

The bottom line is that you are responsible for your work satisfaction. You have the power to communicate to your manager what you want, take responsibility for your job path, and find a way to make your present position work for you.

Even an attitude adjustment can make a world of difference. I have a friend who decided to take a six-week negativity fast. She decided that no matter what happened on her job, or what she was asked to do, she would keep a positive attitude, reject all negative thoughts, and speak only good things about her work and the people around her. It was tough for the first couple of weeks, but by the end of the six weeks, there was a marked difference in her performance and her enthusiasm. She also discovered that only about 20% of her job was unpalatable, and that for four solid years, she had been focusing the negative aspects of her job. Wow.  (As a side-note, she was also a lot more fun to be around!)

You have the power to change the way you work within your present job and take actions that will benefit you both now and in the future. Before you make a move, try to make it work. If you can’t make it work, then move. Just don’t spend your time in a position without passion. An unengaged employee is a liability. Make sure that you are remembered as a linchpin.

Tabitha Woods is Marketing Coordinator for Delta Dallas. You can reach her at twoods@deltadallas.com. If you are interested in Dallas employment you can call 972-788-2300 or submit your resume.

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