What’s Keeping You Locked in Career Inertia?

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What’s Keeping You Locked in Career Inertia?

At the start of your career, anything and everything seems properly. You graduated from university fully convinced that you were going to change the world. But upon tossing your mortar board in the air and removing your graduation gown you hit the ground with a bump. You came to realise just how cut throat and competitive the job market was. You saw how many companies were looking for hours upon hours of unpaid work in the name of “experience”. You saw how difficult it was to even get noticed for an internship, let alone a paying job. Nonetheless, the bills kept coming. And you wanted to show the world that you were ready to be independent and self-sufficient.

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So you landed your current job. And while you may have been thrilled to begin (and even more thrilled to get your first payslip), you’ve noticed that your job doesn’t satisfy you the way it used to. You feel like you’re falling asleep at the wheel. You know that you need more. You don’t just need to increase your earning potential. You need to break the cycle of inertia and get your career back on track. The first step to doing this, however, is to identify the cause of your career inertia and take appropriate action…

You’re trying to do everything by yourself

You’ve always been an independent and self-reliant person. But trying to boost yourself out of a career rut alone is a huge ask. Especially when you don’t always have the knowledge or contacts to make the next big opportunity happen for you. Fortunately, there’s an agency for every industry, like cmr.com.au for the healthcare profession. Agencies will expect a commission from every opportunity that you land. However, they can be a great source of jobs and opportunities that might not be advertised elsewhere.

You’re not networking

Yes, networking events are awkward. Yes, networking is a skill that takes time to develop. But the truth is that if you’re not proactively meeting the right people and getting your face out there, you could be missing out on fantastic opportunities that take your career to the next level. Networking is a great way to ensure that you’re not just another application among many. Here are some tips to help you do networking right.

You’re not actively seeking new opportunities to learn and grow

It can be hard to flourish when you’re not learning new skills and keeping yourself engaged and interested at work. And when your employer doesn’t provide the opportunities for you to do this (as they should), it can be extremely frustrating.

Still, your employers shouldn’t hold you back. Seek out new opportunities like night school, online courses or even spending time with other departments at work.

You’ve grown comfortably numb

Finally, when you’re in a decent job and earning good money, it’s easy to become comfortable to the point of numbness. You use your wage as an excuse not to take your career into your own hands, and view it as compensation for the boring and frustrating days. But carry on living this way and you’ll find that years pass in the blink of an eye.

Get your hands back on the wheel, and remember that you’re in control of your own career. Even if it doesn’t feel that way right now.