Are you stuck in a rut? If you are uncomfortably comfortable in your job and organization, you need to do something different in order to get different results.
Here are some practical ways that you can get out of that rut:
1) Expand Your Role. If your job feels humdrum and you feel like you could do it with your eyes closed, but it’s not feasible for you to look for greener pastures at this time, you might consider mentoring someone who is less experienced in the field to pass along what you have learned over the years. You might also look at taking on collateral duties, such as chairing a committee.
2) Invest in Yourself. Keep your skills up to date in your current position and let your boss know about any new certifications or licenses that you have obtained. Staying abreast of what is current in your field positions you well as a valuable employee, and it also makes you marketable just in case your job is eliminated in spite of your best efforts.
If you can take advantage of a tuition reimbursement program on the job, do so. If that is not available, you can still invest in yourself. Read want ads to find out what skills or qualifications are mentioned as being preferred. Then take the required steps to obtain these skills and qualifications.
3) Make Yourself More Valuable to the Organization. Cross train so that you can backfill a position if necessary. In an era of cutbacks you make yourself more valuable if you are flexible and can do more than one job. If your company does not formally cross train its employees, volunteer to be cross trained.
4) Become an Expert in Your Industry. Professionals who want to be viewed as experts in their fields can demonstrate their expertise by presenting at professional association meetings and getting published in professional journals and/or the general media. Also, receiving a patent says something about a professional’s level of expertise. You can open more doors for yourself by positioning yourself as an expert.
5) Develop a game plan for getting promoted. One, you can look for opportunities to fill in for the boss when he or she is away. If you have acted in a managerial capacity you are the right person for the job. For example, you may have stepped in as acting manager when the boss is on vacation or perhaps at another site. This is very relevant experience for a person looking to move up.
Two, find a well-connected internal champion who will make the case for you. Having someone else who is influential make the case for your promotion can be far more effective than you tooting your own horn. A mentor who will speak to your merits when promotion time comes around can make the difference between you being chosen for the promotion versus someone else.
6) Create a strategy for finding a new position. Start working on your resume. Reconnect with people in your network. Start going to professional association meetings. And beef up (and/or clean up) your online presence. These are some things that you can do to move your job search forward.
*Do you need some help getting out of the rut? You may know what you need to do, but you find it difficult to do it. A career coach can help you. Call 877-743-9521.