Sounds counter-intuitive? How can that be? For example, sometimes a job changes drastically from when you started it, and you start to feel like a misfit. So how do you know if you are in the wrong job?Â Here are some signs.
You are constantly overwhelmed: This can be the result of many things like poor planning, divided focus, or simply that you donâ€™t know how to do the job. If you are new in the job, that can be expected. If not then you may be a misfit. What should you do? Give it your very best shot. In my experience, the attitude you bring to such a situation can earn you support. If you put in your effort, you can then keep your eye out for what may be more suited to you and negotiate to transfer to a new role.Â
You are average even at your best: You may even have the required skills and still be average. Becoming excellent is a blend of several factors; from wanting to be excellent to deploying your competencies in a way that delivers the best result that makes the difference. Specifically know where you struggle and ask for help, because if youâ€™re not doing well overall, any weak points will drag you down.
You hate everything about the job: Doesnâ€™t matter how skilled you are at the job you have. If you hate it, you wonâ€™t do well. Chances are you wonâ€™t be able to bring yourself to do your tasks. You would rather â€˜escapeâ€™ to keep busy with everything else except the job. What should you do? Donâ€™t stick with the â€˜wrongâ€™ job hoping things will change. Look for something more suitable and move on.
Youâ€™re stuck in a negative spiral: You are so fixated on the present, complaining, and feeling so trapped in your situation, that you are not weighing your options. Lay the foundation for getting the right job.
Now take action: Write down your ideal job profile. How can you prepare to pursue it?