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10 Signs Your Career Has Stagnated

13/01/2014

blog-infoEveryone has an inner zest to be something great in life. There have been many times when we strived to achieve our personal goals but, could not achieve them because of some unforeseeable and unavoidable circumstances. Thanks to the ultra-urban fast life full of targets along with their respective deadlines.

Well, if you are the one struck in this cobweb…it’s time to seriously think about improvement!

WHICH PEOPLE SHOULD READ THIS POST…?

I am going to ask you 5 questions and if you fail to answer even 1 amongst them, this post is handcrafted for YOU…

1. In the past 2 months, have you retrospected yourself?
2. Do you introspect about your life at short intervals?
3. Do you often fail in achieving your personal targets?
4. Do you think life is too fast to think about oneself?
5. Do you feel struck in the wrong job?

HOW THIS POST WILL BENEFIT YOU…?

This post is tailor-made for the people who believe that they could much better if presented with an opportunity. Get insights from experts on how you can reshape your career and get out of the vicious circle of wake up, go to work, get stuck in traffic and reach home just to have dinner and sleep. C’mon your life is way more worth than this!

Here are top 10 signs that your career has stagnated and you need to change + don’t miss expert tips!

YOU FAILED TO ANSWER 1 OR MORE QUESTIONS LISTED ABOVE

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This is a clear indication that you are missing out something in your life and are seeking right set of circumstances to muster the courage to streamline your life with your aspirations. In this fast paced world, we often tend to go with the flow rather than creating a path for ourselves. Just read the expert tip that follows.

# EXPERT TIP

Don’t feel bad if you are among the 99% of the people who feel this. The truth is that you just have had realization! You recognized where you were wrong and you very well know that the time for improvement has come. I would reiterate to read the full article and identify areas where you lack and need improvisation. Moreover, the expert tips are compiled by experienced industry leaders who did something different and got out of this cobweb.


YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING IN SAME ROLE IN THE SAME ORGANIZATION FOR 5+ YEARS

2

Consistency is good…but not always! A still lake is full of harmful microbes, contrarily, moving water remains more pure! If you have been working in the same organization in the same old role you were appointed at, probably, you have achieved that comfort zone in your career which leads to a dead-end/deadlock. Needless to say but, you aren’t accumulating experience, you have actually stagnated and for your peace of mind, you mistakenly call it experience!

# EXPERT TIP

Things change constantly! Change is improvement! Improvement is a part of life! If the above statement fits aptly in your working regime, probably, you need to work extra, look out for new opportunities either in your organization or elsewhere. Read books and articles related to your job profile and find out what you can do to get an edge over others.

YOU ARE NOT LEARNING NEW THINGS

3

It’s been two years or more since you joined the company and you find yourself doing the same things repeatedly. Sometimes you feel like working in an assembly line. You’ve asked your employer for new responsibilities or new projects, but he turned it down.It doesn’t have to be a promotion or a departmental change. In most cases, a lateral project is all you need to expand your knowledge.

# EXPERT TIP

Think of a lateral project that can help you perform better and preferably involving people from other departments to expand your knowledge. Even in your current job role, do things differently and more effectively so that you can be in the good books of your employer. Once you reach there, you will start learning new things and gain knowledge imperative for your career growth.

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YOUR JOB DOESN’T USE YOUR STRONGEST SKILLS

4

Many people find themselves not doing what they are good at because they simply grabbed the first job opportunity that came their way. It’s a wrong fit at the start, but it should not stay that way. You will perform best to your abilities when you are working on your abilities. If you feel you are struck in the wrong job profile, it’s time to think…

# EXPERT TIP

Ask the human resources for a transfer within the company, but if that’s not possible, it’s time to look for a new job that fits your skills. Even if that doesn’t work, upgrade your skills. The best way to excel in career is to tap your best skill. Are you a natural leader back in college but you haven’t been given a chance to head a team, never mind a department?


YOUR COMPANY ISN’T GROWING

5

These days it’s popular to question the relentless capitalist drive toward growth and profits.If your company isn’t growing, it’s stagnating. If it’s stagnating, then the market is passing it by. And that’s just a slow, painful death spiral. Refrain from being part of it.

# EXPERT TIP

Now that you know you’re not on a spaceship reaching out to the stars, it’s probably time to get out there and start looking around for a company that’s actually going somewhere, never mind the stars! Most probably, you should upgrade your skills with the current market scenario and then switch.

YOU ARE BEING MICRO MANAGED

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Micromanagement is a management style whereby a manager closely observes or controls the work of subordinates or employees. Micromanagement generally has a negative connotation.A lot of workers may break little rules, that is what makes office and work culture so appealing and unique. But if everyone darts off for a coffee break at 10.00, and you are the only one being reprimanded for it, there’s clearly something wrong.

# EXPERT TIP

Learn to deal with it, talk to your boss(es) but never forget that fairness and equality is important. In case you feel, you are reprimanded for petty issues, stop cribbing, recognize the loophole and fix it. I would advise to learn something that your peer group is lacking and while you are learning, don’t go loud about it. People see results, show them what they want!

YOU HAVE BEEN DENIED PROMOTION ON FAIR GROUNDS

7

You work your fingers to the bone and you expect praise and results. You do get praise but when the time for promotion comes, you are denied repeatedly because you lack those extra skills to get you there. Remember, a promotion does not only mean raise in salary, it comes with a lot of responsibilities than you were handling before and if you lack expertise to raise your level, it might seem rude but, you ain’t worth it!

# EXPERT TIP

Gone are those days when finding skilled people to do a particular job was a challenge. With the advent of online job portals, finding a suitable person has become a piece of cake. If you work in a company that relies on IJPs (Internal Job Promotions) before venturing out to find talent, you have to work harder to prove yourself. Get an edge over others! Learn something that will be beneficial for you and your organization. Remember to be different from others or be a face in the crowd!


YOUR FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES ARE GETTING AHEAD OF YOU

8

You just happen to meet your friend who was working in the same profile as you are currently and you realize that he has moved ahead. He has gained promotions, learnt new things and speaks positively about his career growth. Not just this, your colleagues are also getting better projects at your work place and you feel stranded.

# EXPERT TIP

If this is your case, you must take it seriously and make changes to your profile. Search online for latest marketing trends and learn something new that will add a feather to your cap. You can even ask your friend’s and colleagues that what they did to upgrade themselves. Always remember, word of mouth is necessary and learn to filter useful information from the gossips around. Keep a keen eye on your goal and you will succeed!

YOU HAVEN’T EDITED YOUR C.V. FOR A LONG TIME NOW

9

You open your mailbox to check for mails and sitting there in a flamboyant manner is a mail from one of the leading job portals that you haven’t updated your resume for past 1 year and employers can’t contact you! You suddenly realize that it’s true! You have stagnated in your current job role that there’s no time to learn something new to add on to ur Curriculum Vitae.

# EXPERT TIP

Don’t ignore that mail and toss that in the trash! Instead, work on improving your resume. It’s a proven fact that C.V.s with regular updates have more chances of being found and selected by employers. Work on ur C.V., give employers extra reasons to hire you! Keep a close eye on updates in your industry. If you find, you are lacking on something, learn it. Remember, every penny spent that appears on your financial statements is not an expense, some can be categorized as assets. Invest in learning new things (assets) that will boost your career growth.


YOUR PEER GROUP IS EARNING PART-TIME WITH OTHER ACTIVITIES

10

You just came to know through a colleague he earns some extra income working part-time. You have simply no idea how that is possible considering your hectic work schedule. Moreover, you find that you aint updated with the latest market trends or don’t have the knowledge that can support you in your part-time venture.

# EXPERT TIP

Don’t just go by what people say. Learn to investigate. Ask you colleague that how he is doing that. If you find that reasonable enough, try doing it. If it requires you to learn something new, learn it. Now a days, there are a lot of opportunities available on the World Wide Web to enable you to earn money as a part-time freelancer. You just have to take the first step and learn how to make the most of this opportunity.


WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NOW…?

If you find that any of these points describe you as a person at your workplace, take steps to improve it. Gain knowledge and expertise before everyone does that. Learn things that are new in the market, rather than waiting for the time when those things become a necessity. Remember, if you have the first mover advantage, people will respect you and you will have exceptional chances of a bright career!

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