Things Are Perfect, Well Sort of….So Why Are You Job Hunting Again?

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Uh-oh, there you go again… the two columns with “pros” on one side and “cons” on the other.  Before you get overly absorbed into that page of truth and tell all, perhaps it’s also time to make a different and separate list for your own self-discovery.  If it makes you feel better, go on and finish the other one first, the one you are comfortable with and could do in your sleep before you start job hunting.

Hmmmm pros… “great team to work with, awesome benefits, pay is pretty good…” and of course the typical con side, “too much stress, little free time, not enough autonomy.”   Sound familiar?   It should.  Job after job after job it’s always the same things that you love, the same things that you hate.  The pen comes out about every two years to do the whole pros/cons thing…or maybe it’s done on the computer or Ipad (because it is, after all, 2016).


Now let’s work on your self-discovery list.  Rest assured, this will not be as easy.  Forget the columns, the numbered lists and bullet points.  These are quickie questions that won’t require any tabulations.  You already know what thrills and what kills with every place you have ever been employed.  Ask yourself these simple questions and see if you can figure YOU out before you start job hunting.

  • Is it boredom that sets you on a quest for a new venture?
  • Are you craving more excitement that you’re not getting currently?
  • Do you get in a rut easily?
  • Do you find yourself always thinking that you could do a better job managing the company or other employees?
  • Are you the go-to person for just about everything?
  • Do you find solutions, not just for your projects but also for coworkers?
  • Does the manager come to you for advice or when something is needed quickly?
  • Do you feel a type of annoyance that you can’t really explain when you’re ready to leave for work?  Kind of an “I was meant for more than this” type of mentality?


If you answered YES to many or most of these questions, the problem isn’t the job.  The problem isn’t even you!  The real issue that you probably haven’t even tapped into is that you are an entrepreneur trapped in a worker-bee’s body.   That you are an amazing employee who gets the job done and is sought after by team members who need your help (and managers who can’t live without you) is a sign that you were destined for more.


Maybe instead of dusting off the resume you should dust yourself off instead.  What are your goals and dreams?  What lights a fire in your soul?   Forget the job search.  You know whatever job you go for you will get it anyway, and eventually, you’ll be looking again.

Quit waiting for the perfect opportunity.  Create the perfect opportunity.  Continue the present course while you learn as much as you can.  Put a solid foundation in place.  Need more education?   Get it!  Things are perfect, you are perfect.  You just aren’t there yet.  Figure out what you need to do to get there and go!  You are a force to be reckoned with, so make sure you enjoy the voyage along the way.


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