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When The Best Job Is Your Current Job

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Do you have a great job? Do you feel stuck in a not so great job? Perhaps your best job is your current job and you don’t even realize it, yet.

Work can be tough. Navigating organizational politics, managing appropriate relationships with co-workers, and even dealing with customers or vendors. And, I didn’t even mention the boss.

Are you career minded or are you on a quest for better pay? Maybe it’s both.

Absolutely, there are some business cultures that will seemingly never change. However, there are plenty of business cultures that are looking for employees who truly want to make a difference.

Are you truly committed to the effort to make your current job your best job?

Your Best Job

It’s easy to give up, throw your hands in the air, and claim that you’ve tried. After a while, you may feel beat down, underutilized, and misunderstood.

That doesn’t mean that it is over. A new job is going to require you to double down with effort. Why not double down right where you’re at? Would that make a difference? Could it?

Sometimes the greener grass is right in your own yard.

Discovering it starts with some tough questions.

  • What is your goal? That doesn’t mean, “Find a new job.” That’s too high level, you’re going to have to go deeper and more meaningful.
  • What are the obstacles? Identifying the obstacles can help you strategize on how to move around them. Sometimes obstacles are imaginary, be sure to give your thoughts the reality check.
  • What can you cultivate? Are there relationships that need to be built? Trust that needs to be restored? Have you really put forth the right effort and attitude or have you drifted away from your best delivery?

If you can’t answer the questions above, you’re probably not ready.

Ready for what?

Basking in Greener Grass

You may not be ready to find the green grass in your own yard. Perhaps you’re not ready to put forth the right kinds of effort, patience, and strategy to achieve the most in your current role.

Have I struck a nerve?

You’re human. It is easy to drift from good habits and a good attitude. It’s easy to blame the boss, claim it’s a bad place to work and focus more on what’s wrong instead of what’s right.

Chances are that you have more to offer than what you’re currently giving.

Sometimes the magical answer appears when you ask the right question.

What’s right about your current job?

Stay focused.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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How Will You Become More Visible?

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Out of bed and off to work. It’s a ritual that millions perform each day. Yet every day at best estimates at least half of them are thinking about making a job or career change. Have you considered how you’ll become more visible?

The numbers are staggering. The number of people searching for jobs or career advancement may be at an all-time high.

It once was a lot of work to type a resume, a cover letter, and an envelope. Today it digitally happens in just a few minutes. It makes it easier and easier to apply. The reality is that it makes it even harder to be found.

Being Discovered

Imagine I paint with watercolors, create masterful pictures with clever and inspirational messages, put a few in a frame and hang them on the wall in my office. How many people will know?

If I bake a cake, make a great Italian dinner, or grill a steak to perfection, how many people will know?

You might be the very best at what you do. You may be the next Tony Couch, Duff Goldman, or Seth Levine, but who will ever know if you aren’t visible?

More Visible

Your next career move may have a lot to do with your resume, what is on it, how it looks, and the masterful use of keywords. It won’t mean much when the hiring managers asks the staff, “Who do we know that would be perfect for this job?”

I talk with and coach a lot of people who are frustrated with their attempt to make a career move. They are frustrated about their resume or wonder if their card is appropriately punched. These things matter, but they aren’t everything.

Who you know, or perhaps said in a different way, who knows you, may matter the most.

Have a well stacked resume, but think more about building your personal brand.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Get Some

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What challenges us is usually something different. Something we haven’t tried before or haven’t tried in a while. It may be something we don’t do often, something we avoid, or simply don’t like doing.

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This is true for many people who write a business letter, give a presentation, or are forced into a new job. It’s different and some elements of the potential outcomes make us afraid. It really isn’t all that hard, it is the fear of failing. It is the improper grammar, the forgetting what to say, the size of the audience, and the one thing we thought we would never have to do.

What is really true for most people is that they simply have not practiced. They haven’t written enough business letters, or at least not recently. They haven’t talked to an audience that big or that level of importance, and that new job, once you do it, it really isn’t that much different.

After all, we are adaptable, flexible, and smart.

Practice is what will change your comfort level. Write yourself a note, speak to the mirror first, then to your pet, and work up from there. Dig into the new job, use your energy to focus and create the expected outcomes. Practice getting it right.

It’s not about different, it is about practice. Some people call that experience.

Get some.

– DEG

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