Dear Resume Lady,
I am completely dissatisfied with my current position at the company where I have worked for the last 10 years. I have tried to “be the change” within the culture here and, through continuing education, have learned a lot that I have introduced to the company as forward-thinking, positive improvements – to no avail.
It is clear that I have reached the limits of my professional advancement within this company and with some recent infusions of nepotism, my ability to influence business outcomes has diminished to the point I no longer want to engage in the daily workings.
I have heard it said that if your heart has gone, you should take your body with it – right out the door! I am still doing my job to my personal high standards and my company has probably not perceived any change in my work performance. There are too many internal dramas that distract management from what I am doing or not doing to draw attention either in praise or in criticism. Should I just look elsewhere or just stay put, continuing the “be the change” concept, hoping that it actually works out in the long run?
Dear Completely Dissatisfied,
My mother always said, “It’s easier to find work when you already have work.” Upon further reflection of this concept, you are also less desperate and can be more selective about which opportunities speak to your professional goals for growth, income, work-life balance, etc. That said, you have written this plea for assistance with what I perceive is as positive a spin as any I have ever read.
Your note is tinged with discouragement from efforts to make a change and that you have stayed 10 years. Continuing to learn more about making your business better or increase your own skill set is admirable and a quality not readily found today. Take heart! You are actually sitting pretty when it comes to looking for another place to land. It sounds as though any company would be lucky to get someone as deliberate and intentional in their efforts to make things better from within. When you really look at your actions, you can feel proud that you did what you could, or what was allowable under the conditions you face.
Typically, good people hang out with or network with other good people. Dig into your social connections using the tools at: Linkedin.com You could be among the first to really network yourself into a great new beginning with a company where you can really shine with peers you already know and respect. It is my opinion that going to work with others who are “like-minded” in work-ethic, problem-solving, personal accountability, team-building, productivity, positivity, etc., would be a great way to earn a living!
You could be among the first to really network yourself into a great new beginning with a company where you can really shine with peers you already know and respect. It is my opinion that going to work with others who are “like-minded” in work-ethic, problem-solving, personal accountability, team-building, productivity, positivity, etc., would be a great way to earn a living!
Happy Job Hunting!
The Resume Lady
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