Your Career Is Going Nowhere, What Can You Do?

by Krantcents · 60 comments

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Has your career hit a bump, you’re in a dead end job or you just want a change? You are not alone! You could just go out with your friends and complain about it or you could do something about it.  Are you bored, want more money or just want a change? Did you give it your all or did you just expect they would discover your talent?  Whatever the reason, if you want to do something about it, you can start here!

Some of you may even be doing well! You are well compensated and unhappy.  Boohoo!  There are a lot of you out there!  The bad economy made it difficult for employed people too.  It is hard to feel sorry for you , but I understand.  You are unhappy and there are very few opportunities out there.  Actually, most employers want employed people because they feel they are a more valuable commodity.  There is a still a prejudice against unemployed people whether we realize it or not.  The good news is the economy is improving and I expect there will be a lot of movement of unhappy people leaving their jobs.  Before you start to check all those online job boards, you may want to take advantage of all the great information online on some of these blogs.

You will notice that I am one (#21) of these blogs.  I was probably included because of some great articles such as 20 Interview Questions to Ask Employers, Should Age Matter?, I Will Never Retire!, Interview Tips for Older Workers, How Are Your Soft Skills?, A Couple Tips for a Successful Interview!, Why Your Personal Image Matters!, Are Temp Jobs the New Career Track?, Get Rich without Quitting Your Day Job, What Should You Do?, Interview questions that make you go Hmmm!, Employers Are Testing for skill and Personality and Planning Your Next Career.  There is much more, I thought I would highlight just some of my best ones. If you are going to change careers, jobs or just companies, you should not treat this lightly.  There is a risk it may not work out!  You should give it a lot of thought and investigate and explore a lot of information before you take that leap.

Top 100 Career Blogs To Follow In 2013

Final thoughts

Think about your career before you make any changes.  Did you have career goals and a plan to help you achieve them?  Did you just make a bad choice?  It is always good to evaluate where you are and what your next step should be.  Changing jobs, careers or leaving your company should not be taken lightly.  Take the time to really think about what you like or don’t like about your career, job or company before you make any big changes.  I just gave you a lot to investigate, think about and read before you make any decisions. No matter what your decision is regarding your career, good luck!

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No matter what your decision is regarding your career, good luck!


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Holly@ClubThrifty July 18, 2013 at 4:38 am

I recently quit my job to work for myself…but Greg also quit for different reasons. His job really was a dead end job. He was paid well but he had absolutely no where to advance and not a lot of opportunity to make a significant amount of money. It was time to go.

Krantcents July 18, 2013 at 7:49 am

Now may be a good time to reflect on what you both want to do. Set your goals and put a plan together!

Michelle July 18, 2013 at 5:17 am

I have definitely been thinking about my career a lot lately. Leaving the stable income is definitely scary, but it needs to be done.

Krantcents July 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

Taking the time to figure out what you want to do is always important. I find if I have a plan I am less scared of the unknown. They call it preparation!

Daisy @ Prairie Eco Thrifter July 18, 2013 at 5:48 am

I feel like my career is off to a good start. I’ve been working in my field for less than 3 years, my current role for less than 2. I enjoy it but I do have a plan as to how to keep it moving along.

Krantcents July 18, 2013 at 7:51 am

Always think about your future, 5 or 10 years out. Then you put things in place to get the skills and experience so you are ready for the that next step.

John S @ Frugal Rules July 18, 2013 at 6:54 am

“Changing jobs, careers or leaving your company should not be taken lightly.” I could not agree more. We spent several months seriously looking at leaving my job to expand our business. It helped us look at it as rationally as possible and establish our plan.

Krantcents July 18, 2013 at 7:56 am

You should always evaluate and reevaluate circumstances. This is true for careers, personal finance and social lives. I find I do it periodically and put it aside for a day or two and look at it again. If my conclusion remains the same, I develop goals and plans. It keeps it objective!

Alexis Marlons July 18, 2013 at 6:54 am

I love how my career is going on right now. I do admit that there are times when I get bored and want to do something else. But at the end of the day, I still find fulfillment right now on how my career is going on.

Krantcents July 18, 2013 at 7:57 am

Similar to college, your early career should be filled with exploration and experiences. If you can do assignments for other departments occasionally to learn some skills or gain broader experience you should.

The College Investor July 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

I feel my career is a bit stagnant right now, but that’s why I’m side hustling. I need the stability of the job but the mental stimulation of my side hustles!

Krantcents July 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

Take a hard look at your full time job and think how it could be better. Talk to your boss and try to add those assignments. I find if I look elsewhere for stimulus, I will let my main gig slide.

No Waste July 18, 2013 at 9:42 am

My personal plan for dealing with a lackluster career trajectory is to achieve early financial independence.

The proverbial Take This Job And Shove It.

Krantcents July 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

That’s great! My career was going well and I achieved financial independence in my late thirties.

Canadian Budget Binder July 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I gave my life up to move to Canada but it was the best decision ever. My wife was going to move to the UK but there was more opportunity for me in Canada. I trained for many years in school and am in a career I love. When I got here all the jobs I applied for were rubbish and/or they told me I didn’t have Canadian experience. If I hated a job, I’m the type of guy that will make a plan, then dash. I think that’s why having ample savings is good just in case you want to make a move or change in your life. Many people don’t because of lack of security but there’s no point settling if you are not happy in anything, love or life including a career.

Krantcents July 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Is Canada that different that people wanted Canadian experience? Having sufficient savings always provides security and choices. It has allowed me to do work I enjoy versus just working for the money.

DC @ Young Adult Money July 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

That’s awesome that you were #21 on that list! I definitely would like to write more about career-related topics. For obvious reasons there is a ton of demand for career info and advice.

Krantcents July 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Thanks, it may differentiate me from the other personal financial bloggers! I now have another goal of raising my “career” profile.

Terry @ Fix em Up Rent em Out July 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Congrats on being listed on this exclusive blog list.

You combine timely info with a very enjoyable writing style.

I only hope that someday my lowly blog will make the list too.

Michael | The Student Loan Sherpa July 19, 2013 at 5:05 am

Agreed! You are definitely in great company. That list is an awesome resource.

Krantcents July 19, 2013 at 7:37 am

Thanks. Now, I have a new goal to move up the list. Just what I need a new goal! :)

Krantcents July 19, 2013 at 7:28 am

Thanks! Writing is telling a story in an interesting way. I try to include a point of view and a little of my personality. It helps if you have the skills and experience to make it creditable. This list motivates me to work harder to rank higher! Good luck.

Darwin's Money July 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

What’s up the Nigerian blog at the top of the list?!
Thanks for sharing the rest though and congrats on making the list!

Krantcents July 19, 2013 at 7:31 am

Thanks. It was #5, I don’t know. They are pretty good at writing those (scam) emails, maybe they are promoting scamming as a career! :)

Money Beagle July 19, 2013 at 7:13 am

I’m on a very exciting project now but it will likely wrap up sometime in the next 6-12 months. By then, there could be other opportunities on the horizon, but if not I will likely get a little restless shortly thereafter as I really don’t want to take a step back from the large program and the responsibilities and exposure that I’ve gained with this current position.

Krantcents July 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

It is good you are evaluating your situation. You may want to start lobbying for that next assignment now. Stat by planting seeds with the people you report to and also learn new skills to prepare for the next role.

Rita P @ Digital Spikes July 19, 2013 at 11:12 am

Changing career is different from changing. I am happy i took the decision to change career, definitely i did a good brainstorming before the decision and it is working well for me

Krantcents July 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Great! Change is always difficult. Changing careers have their difficulties too. Glad it worked out.

Pat S July 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

Congrats! #21 is Awesome!

Krantcents July 20, 2013 at 9:38 am

Thanks, now I need to move up to number one!

Martin July 20, 2013 at 10:41 am

Krant, this is an outstanding review. I once was also looking for a change, but now I am OK and satisfied and happy and well compensated, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t take a look at those websites. What if there is a lot better opportunity waiting in there for me, right?

Krantcents July 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I always think it is better to look when you do not need to make a change. If nothing else, it may give you a perspective of what is out there.

Kim@Eyesonthedollar July 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

Congrats on ranking in that list. That’s an honor. I think you are a wonderful example of someone who has made some very different career changes and how you’ve made it work for you.

Krantcents July 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Thanks, I may be doing another one soon! Now, I need to move up to number one on this list! :)

Barbara Friedberg July 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Krantc, Congratulations on your honor. You are in fine company and I agree that you are a purveyor of important career advice!

Krantcents July 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Thanks, I love to develop people so career advice comes from my love to encouraging and helping people succeed. July 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Nice collection of great career and jobs related blogs to follow. I don’t have the ability to switch careers at this time but I might be able to do so in the near future. Thanks for posting the blog links.

Krantcents July 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

You’re welcome. It is a good time for you to build resources such as these websites and add to your network.

Greg @ July 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I just accepted a new job. I think that I weighed all factors, but I will only know if it is the right move is after I get into the new position. I definitely believe in taking control of your own career and don’t sit back and wait for someone to come to you with your dream job.

Krantcents July 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Congratulations! Your career is always up to you and you decide when it done.

Untemplater July 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Congrats on your ranking! You’ve written a lot of great career articles. I always like hearing your stories, experiences and advice.

Krantcents July 22, 2013 at 7:46 am

Thanks, I hope to add more and move up in ranking!

How to Find Staff July 22, 2013 at 4:02 am

Interesting list of things to do. Makes you think about your steps in the future.

Krantcents July 22, 2013 at 7:47 am

You should always think about that next promotion or assignment or experience. Where do you want to do in 5 or 10 years?

Chuck @ Tortoise Banker July 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I feel like no matter where you go, it’s vitally important to have an “in” at the job you take. A family friend or your parent’s friend that is a SVP of ____ can really streamline promotions and make work life enjoyable vs no knowing anyone.

Krantcents July 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

It certainly can help, but may not be available at every company. I had an “in” by being an alumnus of the same university as the president. Not bad since both of us moved 3,000 miles.

Mary July 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I am always looking at online job boards, even if I don’t want to change career. I am a Flight Attendant but I have bachelor degrees in Journalism, Public Relation and Finances. I guess I like to keep my options open! LOL!

Krantcents July 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm

I think it always wise to keep your options open! Do you want remain a flight attendent in 5 or 10 years? Do you have plan? If not, you should.

Andy Hough July 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Congratulations on being one of the top career blogs. Having a career isn’t a priority for me so it isn’t something I put too much effort into. I’m doing okay with my short-term jobs and will probably just continue with them.

Krantcents July 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I presume it is part of your plan! Do you have a plan B? Are picking up the skills and experience you want or need?

Lindsey @ Cents & Sensibility July 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I’m currently working in a well-paid but go nowhere job – largely, because I don’t have the qualifications to move up the ladder. I like where I work so I have gone back to school part-time so I can advance further at my place of employment. There are lots of creative ways of getting to where you want to go!

Krantcents July 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Start with your goals and develop a plan. It may be education or just experience. Good luck.

Silver Price July 22, 2013 at 11:41 pm

YES: I would say that my strong interpersonal skills are one of my greatest strengths; I work easily with others and am always open to various points of view. I also have good judgment about people and an intuitive sense of their talents and their ability to contribute to a given problem. Given the type of employee you are looking for, I think that these skills directly relate to the job. I am extremely hardworking. In addition to maintaining an active membership in various professional societies, I have spent the past two years taking evening classes to further my education and knowledge of this industry.

Krantcents July 23, 2013 at 7:37 am

You are describing soft skills and professional development! First, you need to market yourself through networking and in the interview in order to get that job offer.

Alexis Marlons August 11, 2013 at 3:53 am

These are very good tips. We all know that there are a lot of people that are struggling to excel in their career, yet clueless on what they can do. This post surely helps a lot.

Krantcents August 11, 2013 at 7:41 am

Thanks, I am still learning and changing along with it.

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