In our previous blog post, we discussed the “hunker down mode” in which many employees have been working during the past year and the fact that they’ve been reluctant to actively search for a new job despite their desire to do so. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that they’ve been saddled with additional work and responsibilities due to layoffs and staff reductions (longer hours, more stress, and same pay).
But what if that hasn’t been your situation? Should you still consider a move? That’s a question that ultimately only you can answer.
However, any time is a good time to conduct an honest analysis of your current situation. This is even the case if you believe that you’re satisfied with your situation. After all, there’s a difference between being “satisfied” and being “happy.”
Now of course, there is something to be said for being satisfied. After all, it’s better than being unsatisfied. However, being satisfied is not being happy . . . and it’s also not being fulfilled. Would you rather be satisfied or thoroughly fulfilled by your job and your employment situation?
It’s a tough question to answer, to be sure, but your job and your career impact not only your professional life, but your personal life, as well, and in ways that you may not have considered.
Consequently, you should conduct an analysis of your situation, even if you haven’t been actively considering a move. This is a healthy exercise that all employees should conduct from time to time.
If you’re conducting an analysis of your current job situation, which criteria should you consider? After all, making the decision to look for a new job is a big step. It involves a tremendous commitment of time, energy, and effort, and therefore, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
However, there’s one factor that’s bigger than most, and that factor is passion, specifically passion for what you’re doing. Just because you’re in the industry you’ve always wanted to be in, that doesn’t mean you have passion for what you’re doing right now.
Ideally, you want your job to be exciting. You want to be eager to go to work every day. If it’s boring or monotonous, then eagerness might be difficult to come by. Some of you may already know this from personal experience.
A job about which you’re passionate is not only exciting, but it’s also challenging. You want what you do to stimulate you on a number of different levels—mentally, emotionally, psychologically, etc. That’s what creates true passion. So with all of that in mind, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is my job exciting?
- Is my job challenging?
- Does my job motivate me?
- Am I eager to go to work?
- Do I have passion for what I’m doing?
More than anything else, your answers to these questions should give you an idea of whether or not you should stay where you are . . . or look for greener (and more passionate) pastures elsewhere.
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