Shubha Shukla, the Director of NFL League and Team Marketing and FanDuel, has some advice for people who feel like they may be stuck in a rut while at work:
If you think you fit the qualifications of being “stuck in a rut,” the good news is that there are things you can do. You should easily be able to spot when you are in a rut: you don’t want to come into work on Monday, you get jealous when someone gets a new job, and you quickly change the subject when someone asks about your job.
The problematic part is that you can’t always find the right things to do to help yourself.
Step 1: Find Out What the Problem Is
The first thing you need to do is find out why you specifically don’t like where you are. Are you doing too much work? Is your long commute making it seem worse than it is? Are you not being challenged enough?
You have to be honest and specific about what the problem is so that you can move on when the time is right.
Take a week or two and write down the parts of your day that irritate you so that you can see whether you can change them.
Step 2: Do Your Research
Once you know what is wrong, you have two options: make the changes are your current place of employment or research where else you can go. You should take a few weeks to see what career potentials you have out there.
Look for positions that take what you love about your current role but don’t have the parts that you don’t like about it. For example, start looking closer to your home if you are sick of the commute.
Reach out to your friends, college professors, mentors, and even former colleagues to find out where you can go. Let them know what you are looking for and then ask for recommendations of places that are hiring.
Step 3: Make Your Moves
You have to ensure that you are ready to put feelers out into other jobs. Improve your resume, listing everything you learned at your current job. You’ll likely have to update your cover letters as well, since you may not have applied to jobs in a while.
At the same time, you have to keep your work up at your current place of employment. You don’t want to slack, just in case a place you applied to decides to reach out to your current place of employment.
Step 4: Get Started
Now you have to get started. Apply to those jobs that you found and keep looking for more. Depending on the industry, the jobs won’t stay open all that long. Depending on how much free time you have, you might have to start the process over again. Keep working until you find somewhere to move.
Remember that breaking out of your career rut can take weeks or months, so you have to stay diligent. The key is that you have to set goals for yourself and meet them. Maybe you want to apply to two jobs every single night. Maybe you want to land three interviews by Easter. Keep your goals reachable and you will succeed.
While this might seem like a lot of work now, you have to remember that it will all be worth it in the long run.