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Glenford Smith | Tired of the Job

Published:Tuesday | December 5, 2017 | 11:21 PM

QUESTION: Is it a bad idea to resign from my current job to regroup myself and hunt for a new job? I have been in the same job for about seven years now. I started one year after leaving high school and I just feel stuck and miserable as I have grown tired of the job. It is a simple-structure business so there is no higher level to achieve. I have created such a routine around the job that I am not sure anymore of my other skills and passion. It is just work to home, home to work.


CAREERS: Thank you for your letter. It has had to be condensed due to its length.

It is a bad idea to resign from your current job and then hope to find a next one. You say you've heard people say you are likely to find a job when you are currently employed. That is exactly correct. You will not come across as needy or as desperate when you're seeking a job.

The urge to leave your job because it's boring and leaves you miserable is due to the delusion that you will be less stressed. It may indeed lower the stress levels for a while, but don't be misled. It will result in higher stress levels in the long run when you begin to think more clearly.

And that is what you want to do right now. Think more clearly. It is fallacious reasoning to conclude that there is only one way you can get out of the situation. Set aside time while you are on the job - to devise a well thought-out job-hunting plan. Go about finding the job methodically.

Decide what kind of work you want to do, and for whom. Choose how much you want to be paid and the conditions in which you would like to be. Your ideal workplace is first created in your mind. Pass the image before a tough-minded friend or career coach. This is to pick up any tendency to be unrealistic and ensure your plan is practicable.

You say you are feeling stuck and miserable now. May I suggest that you change your own attitude towards your job? Write down the things you are thankful for and the things around the company you can do something about. You will be surprised after you begin to search. You will become energised and enthusiastic again, where before you merely felt ennui.

You have allowed the job to become routine. That is not your employer's responsibility; it's yours. This all the while you are seeking the new job. But in the meantime, you still want to go about your work with enthusiasm and cheerfulness. Don't allow the fact that you're looking to find a better job negatively affect your attitude.

Please don't allow yourself to believe you don't know what your true passions and skills are. Perhaps you have permitted your passions to lie dormant for so long that you feel you lack knowledge of them.

I assure you, the embers of your passions and skills are there within you, waiting to be fanned to burning flames. You must look within yourself, and listen to your gut. My best wishes to you.

n Glenford Smith is a motivational speaker and success strategist. He is the author of 'From Problems to Power' and co-author of 'Profile of Excellence'.