Hey guys, it’s Chelsea from the Financial Diet.
And this week’s video is brought you by Freshbooks.
Something we talk a lot about on the channel is
finding a job that’s right for you.
Now obviously it’s something that’s top of mind
when you’re just graduated from school,
but even as you generally make it through your career,
landing in the job that makes sensefor you and makes you happy
is something what we always thinking about.
And performing well at that job when you’re in it
is something that’s also very important
and we talk about that a lot as well.
But something that’s also really important to consider
that maybe doesn’t always get as much as air time.
It’s what to do when a job is just not right for you.
Sometimes we’re so concern
what just getting into a job and locking it up,
but we don’t stop to realize that
sometimes a job we’ve landed may not be the right job for us.
And even though getting fired is a really really scary prospect.
Quitting can oftentimes be way harder because it can
take you years to work up the courage to do it,
even when you hate your job.
Almost everyone on the TFD team at some point had been in a job
that they knew they didn’t want to stay in,
but they stayed there anyway because they were friendly to nervous
and couldn’t really work up the courage to leave it.
It had that sense of familiarity and comfort
and plus you feel like you owe it to employors not to leave.
But realizing that a job isn’t right for you
and leaving it in a respectful and thoughtful way
is just part of being a professional adult.
And well, it’s not a perfect system,
we believe that there’s some key points to look out for any job
that really let you know that it’s not the job for you.
Seeing one or several these warning signs at your current job
doesn’t mean you’re walking in and quitting dramatically tomorrow
or that’s seemed have faith, it just means that
you know that you are on the path of finding something new,
and have tangible reasons to leave.
So without further ado, here are six warning signs
to look forward your current job,
to let you know that it’s time to find a new one.
Number one, you find it difficult
and are unmotivated to finish projects and assignments.
Now obviously we are never going to feel 100%
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excited to finish every project.
And yes, they are going to be short-term period
where your personal life might be very complicated
and you’ll find it difficult to concentrateor to care about work.
Those are all normal things.
But the difference is finding yourself in a long-term slump
or that key, fundamental internal motivation has gone.
You can’t be good at any job,
if you don’t fundamentally care about it.
And no, they don’t have to be your number one passionate light.
But without that internal, self motivation
to do things the best of your ability,
you are basically doomed to fail.
A lot of people have a misconception
that your job is supposed to be the most important
or validating part of your life.
And it doesn’t have to be.
In fact, it shouldn’t be.
But whether you are a barista or a senior vice president,
no job is going to work out
if you can’t find something within itthat pose you to do well.
When you’ve lost the motivation tofinish assignments or projects
or even do basic part of your job,
that’s a pretty good indication that it’s time to leave.
Number two, you aren’t really surewhich you’re being judged on.
Now this is the sort of the opposite of the last point.
And that in the last point, you can’t find the motivation
to complete your tasks to the best of your ability.
And in this point, you are not even really sure
what those tasks specifically are.
Every job, no matter what it is,
needs a set of clear metrics on which you’re judged.
Not only does it help you advance
through raises and promotions, and up the ladder,
it also gives you a day-to-day understanding
of how your performance is.
Now some cooperate jobs, for example,
have extremely standardize metrics.
You are judged on very specific quotas,
you might be ranked in a system or something like
“one to five” of your performance review,
and you generally know exactly which you are being judged on.
But at some jobs, these metrics are very unclear,
and can lead to a dangerous working environment
where your goal posts are always moving.
For example, if you start the year believing that
your biggest goals are a few specific projects,
and end the year, getting a bad performance review
because you didn’t do something else
that you weren’t even really aware was a focus,
that’s a huge red flag.
A lot of not-so-good employers usethis really weird, shifty metrics
as a way to keep people in the same position,
and at the same salary a lot longer than they should be.
When you don’t know what you metrics are,
you can’t advocate for yourself.
And more importantly, you can’t reallyplan for your future within the company.
People simply drive you insane if you have to go to work everyday,
not knowing what you are judged on.
Number three, work stress has begun to affect your health,
or your personal life.
Now let me be clear.
In a lot of jobs, they’re going to be periods
where it’s really really intense.
And everyone is going to have to be going overtime.
You might be finishing a pitch or project
that you have to stay really late and coming on the weekend.
But the difference between a good and a bad employer is that
a good employer recognizes that
those times must be isolated and compensated for.
A good employer, even if they can’t give you overtime pay,
which they should be, will at least say:
“Hey, you’ve been really killing yourself these past two weeks”,
want you work from home a couple days
or take a couple days off.
If you constantly feel like you’re in that
“burn-out” mode at work,
always working overtime, and never feeling like
you have some time to recook from it.
It’s inevitable that your personal lifeand your health are going to suffer.
And an employer who doesn’t respect that
is not the employer you can be with long term.
It does not matter if you were the most excited person in the world
when you landed this job.
If doing it is causing the rest of your life to crumble,
you must leave it.
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For example, as a writer, I know several other writers
who have had to quit jobs at big glossy magazines
that they dreamed about their entire lives.
They had to do it,
not because the pay was even that particularly bad,
but because the employer knew that
they were so desperated and excited to work at this place,
that they assumed they could take over their entire lives.
These friends were constantly finding themselves
had unpaid work events at night,
having a coming on the weekends,
having to do three more jobs than they signed up for,
and being expected to be a part of this brand identity,
no matter what time of the day or week it was.
You must just especially watch out for these employer behavior,
in competitive or glamorous industries,
because they know they can take advantage of you.
And this is also a big problem in higher salary jobs.
But no matter where you are,
an employer that does not care about the rest of your life,
is an employer who doesn’t care about you.
Number four, you have unhealthy boundaries with your coworkers.
Again, given the industries that we are in the TFD,
I have happy opportunity to know a lot of people
who work for a lot of startups.
And often these super tininess startups or small businesses
are the kinds of environments that are very toxic
in terms of how colleagues exaggerate with each other.
A lot of these small companies havereal tendency to create this environment of…
your colleagues should all be your best friends
and this branch would be a huge part of your identity,
and this job should be your life.
And part of the way that they suck you into that unhealthy dynamic
is by convincing you that the people you work with
are essentially your second family.
Some key signs to look out for an this kind of like
boundary force coworker environment are things like,
constant mandatory socialization with your coworkers,
a lot of personal invasive questions,
a lot of alcohol-filled evenings,
and a total discernible lack of HR.
A lot of people I know who stayed for a long time
at jobs they weren’t right for is because
they felt that they had an almost personal obligation to their employer.
And they felt like:
“Oh but this boss is like my best friend, how could I leave?”
And to that, there are two things to say.
First of all, a boss should really not be your best friend.
Because in the best of cases, it’s a super unhealthy power dynamic,
and in the worst of cases, the potential lost you.
And second of all,
even if your boss was your best friend,
that should not at all stop you from leaving a job,
it’s wrong for you, because a best friend would understand
that you have to make the right decision for your career.
Getting into a feeling of being tracked with your coworkers
because you don’t want to upset them
is completely misunderstanding what it means
to have an employer and employee relationship.
You like your coworkers, to a normal extent.
You should perhaps be friends with the few of them naturally.
And you should have a friendly relationship with all of them.
But at the end of the day, your personal lives should
generally remain seperate because it’s not healthy to mix the two.
Blurring the lines between what is work and what is friendship
leads to the previous problem which is feeling like
you are constantly working and therefore, a burned-out.
And above all, there is no discernible HR in your company
to effectively deal with these boundary issues,
that is a huge red flag in and of itself.
Number five, you’ve had a wall
while you just stop learning an evolving in your job.
There going to be slower times and more interesting times in every career.
But if in the end of the day,
you can look back at the year of the job,
and not identify one big skill that you’ve learned,
or really improved on,
or something that you do differentlynow than you did a year ago,
that’s a big red flag.
When you’ve been in a company for a long time,
it’s very easy to start stagnating and get comfortable
because you feel like you know the job like the back of your hand.
But not only is this bad for your progress within the company you’re at,
it’s also very bad for your resume
if you want to go to new companies eventually.
Sometimes things that you should look to have a job to keep you evolving
are things like a mentor figure, goals for your year,
and really clear metrics that help push you.
And if you find yourself in a position where the end of year,
you can’t look at your work and really identify what was you,
versus what was the rest of the team,
that’s a huge red flag.
In bigger corporate structures, it is weirdly easy
to move up and to manage your real position
where the tangible results of your work are not clear
and neither are your skills.
And at every job, you should be able to clearly
present and defend things that were your work,
and that you complete it.
If you can not clearly answer the question
“why are you essential to this company?”
That is a huge red flag.
And looking out for those signs of no longer involving
is a great way to start that process before you get there.
Number six is that the job is not what you signed up for.
This is especially important for postgraduates
or people just entering their first career path.
We are currently in economy in which
people are over-qualified and underpaid.
And that means one thing above all else.
Oftentimes the terms of the job thatyou entered into are very deceptive.
I would say approximately 50% of the college graduates I know
who entered into a nine-to-five job
felt rather deceived by what they expected to do
versus what they ended up doing.
And a lot of that usually comes down to
“I was expecting to do this one job,
and I am essentially taking on the tasks of three.”
And they often felt like they can’t complain about it
because they know that a lined-up people with their fresh degrees
are waiting at the door to take that job.
But even if you can not leave it today,
a job that was not honest about
what the day-to-day requirements of the position are,
is not a job that you can grow long term with.
There will always be element of bait and switch with these employer
because they know that they can not get away with that.
So what is that mean for you?
It means you have to start looking at
what are the tangible skills that you can add to your resume,
to not only make yourself more indispensable,
but to give yourself wider options for new jobs.
It will be a lot easier to get into a new nine-to-five job
when you’ve already had one under your belt.
For example, I’m bilingual which allowed me to tutor
while I was changing career paves, and work aboard.
And Lauren is constantly expanding her design skills
via online classes in her spare time.
And these are not overnight things,
but their professional skills which don’t require more college,
and allow you to have a stronger, more indispensable resume
that allows you to be more discerning about your employers.
Finding a job is great.
Excelling at that job is even better.
But knowing when it’s time to leave that job
is a mark of real professional.
You do not ever have to feel guilty about
moving on in a professional way,
from a job that just isn’t right for you.
Because if you’re not willing to do that,
you could lose years or even decades on the wrong career path.
As always thank you for watching,
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