We’ve all had those bad jobs that you’d prefer to erase from your memory forever. However, just because you change jobs doesn’t mean the next one will be better. Sometimes those bad things follow you from one job to another. What’s up with that??

Go after what you want

It’s important in choosing your next career move that you strategically select it for what you WANT it to be, not just to escape from something worse. When you allow yourself to get to that urgent state, your standards will temporarily skew down impairing your good judgment. For example, if you allow yourself to get desperately hungry, then you’re going to poke into your mouth the next food option that comes along. There goes the healthy eating 🙁  A better approach would be to carefully identify your expectations and standards such that the emotion can be kept out of it to yield YOUR constructed end. This puts you at less risk to be in another situation that is the same or worse.

Know your sweet spot

Don’t make the mistake of being interested in a job because they’re interested in you. In contrast, you should know in which environments/management you thrive. Investigate, and be willing to say no and walk away. For example, if you know you absolutely cannot handle a micro-management environment, but then you ignore those tiny red flags that this job/manager is that, you are setting yourself up for the cycle to continue and having to make yet another job change in the near future. Another example is taking a job where you’re heads-down, but your natural bent is to be more interactive with people. You might think you’re ok with it, but over the longer haul, it’s going to be draining and unrewarding which will send you looking all over again.

It’s more than a paycheck

Bills are important, I get it and you do what you’ve got to do. This is why it’s a good idea to give yourself the time and ‘no’ latitude to find the right fit for you. If you’re rushed with the pressure of bills due, it’s going to make walking away very hard. It’s also going to make it easy to skip doing due diligence to see if this situation is truly going to be better for you. Your value and time spent in the workplace is worth FAR more than a paycheck. Don’t settle for something so small when you have so much to give.

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