Have you ever felt dissatisfied in your job? If you’re like most of us, your first instinct was probably to leave. But often this is followed by the thought, ‘I can’t.’ Whether it’s financial reasons, bad timing or something else, feeling ‘stuck’ can lead to a downward emotional spiral.
The great news is that there is something you can do. By using your career resilience, you can create more space for what makes you happy, every day.
Craft your current job so it’s more fulfilling
While you’re waiting for the stars to align for a longer-term solution, you can ‘re-craft’ your job or work environment to keep you going in the short term. Studies show that people who love their jobs share these four common characteristics1:
- They use their strengths every day
- They feel that they are an important part of their organisation’s future
- They are surrounded by colleagues who care about their overall wellbeing
- They are excited about the future because of their leader’s enthusiasm and vision.
Increase your career resilience with these tips
You can boost your career resilience and shape your current role by shifting your mindset and drawing on some resilience strategies. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Know your strengths and use them – leverage your strengths so you feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Make your passion known – if there’s an area you’re particularly passionate about, put your hand up for more of this type of work.
- Chunk down the activities you find challenging – doing tasks you dislike for days on end can take a toll on anyone’s energy. Try to insert half-hour blocks of something you enjoy, even if it’s a proactive piece of work.
- Don’t let the pressure build – when you’re so under the pump that you feel paralysed, go for a walk around the block. Your mind will scream, ‘You don’t have time for that!’, but fresh air will give you perspective and you’ll come back feeling calmer and more productive.
- Spend time with the right people – negativity is contagious, so make sure you’re surrounding yourself with positive people, even if it means venturing outside of your regular circle.
- Keep an eye out for other opportunities – one of the benefits of change in the workplace is that there will often be the option to go on a project or take on a hybrid role. This can be a great way to try new things, expand your skills and clarify your career path.
Even the perfect role can have challenging times or unexpected change. So career resilience is a skill that will support you for years to come. If you’d like help developing your career resilience, you might want to consider coaching or taking part in a workshop.
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1. Job crafting research (2013); Jane Dutton, Amy Wrzesniewski, Justin Berg; University of Michigan