It happens to the best of us – it’s totally normal to go through a ‘rough patch’ in your career. It can be hard to climb the ladder and it’s easy to feel stuck. Especially if you’re the type of person that thrives on challenges and opportunities to develop, then feeling as if you’re stagnating can be overwhelming and disheartening.
At Primo Associates, our collective experience in recruitment spans fifty years, so we’ve pretty much seen it all. With a bit of effort and the willingness to change your mind-set, it’s possible to further excel your career when it feels like all is lost. Here are our five tips on what to do if you are stuck in a career rut.
Take A Day Off
Book a day or two off work to get your bearings. It’s important to look after your mental health and this way, it’ll give you some space and perspective to work out your game plan. Sometimes it can be a good thing to give yourself a break, whether you think you deserve it or not, to recharge and re-evaluate your situation.
Set A Goal And Create A Timeline For Change
Think about your career overall and where you want to be. Set a realistic goal and timeline on how you can achieve it, including concrete actions to take each day, whether it’s updating your LinkedIn profile or attending a workshop or event. If your goal is to land a certain job, then work on your CV, cover letter and interview skills, and if there are gaps in qualifications, create a plan on how to obtain them. Just the act of writing down your goals and a detailed plan will make you feel more hopeful and in control of your professional path.
Find A Mentor
Find someone that you trust and look up to professionally who can give you some advice and steer you in the right direction. If they are successful and experienced, chances are they’ve had their fair share of rough patches and struggles, so they’ll know the best way to break you out of your situation.
Meeting people is one of the best ways to connect yourself directly with opportunities, and networking is a good place to start. Research local and even further afield networking events, workshops or talks and head along to do some mingling. If you’re serious about getting yourself out of this rut, you’ll need to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and learn how to pitch your ideas to new people and sell yourself and your accomplishments.
Take A Risk
You’ll remain in your rut unless you actively choose to make a change – and sometimes that means taking a risk. And we don’t mean a reckless risk, like impulsively selling your house or quitting your job with no plan. Interrupt the monotony with something potentially productive and game changing, whether that’s starting a side hustle or business, or deciding to go back to university.
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