Wednesday, 24 January 2018

6 "Jazzed Up" Reasons For You To Stay In Your Current Job A Little Longer

It's Career-Wednesday! There are days when certain happenings push my mind to consider dusting up my CV again, updating it and sending it across to another company. Yet, something tells me I'm right where I need to be in this particular season of my life. Why? What makes you remain on that job? Let's talk!

Why Stay In Your Current Job


Just when I wanted to move away from the spot I had stood for more than thirty minutes, the bus plying my route arrived. Jeez. I almost missed it.

As I rode home, I thought about how often we make the mistake of losing our composure and jumping ship just when things are about to turn around for us. How many times have we got frustrated with our circumstances and forfeited a blessing, simply because we refused to wait, to remain, to stay?

You've been told: "Consider yourself lucky to have a job." Especially from those who have been seeking one for a long time and those struggling to pay house rents. They are right tho. It is a blessing to have a job.

It's a big deal to wake up everyday and have somewhere to go, something to do, some money to make.

However, from personal experience, I have come to understand that even if you are in a job that is a perfect fit for you, you can still get tired at some point and want to opt out. 

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Knowing that someone out there could also find themselves thinking about leaving a job they love in a company they do/not necessarily like, I decided to help. . . (thereby encouraging myself too)


1. You Meet Awesome People

Whether your current job is your dream job or not, any job can be an excellent opportunity for networking and earning good references that could help propel you to your dream job in the future.

You might hate your position, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely useless on your CV. And, this is especially true when it comes to the reputation of your employer.

So, think about your current company. Is it an organization that’s well-known and highly respected within your chosen industry? Will sticking around for another year provide a nice resume boost and open other career doors for you? Are you meeting powerful and well-connected people who might come in handy down the road?



2. You’re Known (Maybe Even Loved)

No matter what you do, you already are someone at your workplace. People know you. In many cases, people love you (why not? just look at you!).

There are few more powerful things than the basic human desire of feeling connected, feeling known, feeling heard. And there you are becoming popular among the people and the organization!

Don’t discount the importance of working somewhere you have a track record, a reputation, a brand. That’s not saying you will never build that in your next place, but it’s something to look around and appreciate right now.


3. You'll Seem Dependable

Hopping from one job to another isn’t such a "great" impression on your CV, but staying at a job for a longer period of time still signals future employers that you are dependable and reliable. Not only that, but it signals dependability to your current employer as well, which could put you in the running for better positions or projects.

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4. You Have Room To Upgrade Your Skills

Keeping your skills current is one of the most important ways you can do your job well and stay on top of changing demands of the workplace. It can also help you prepare for new opportunities that may arise at work and help you keep your job in a difficult economy.

Keep tapping knowledge from your colleagues, your superiors, and those outside of your department. There is always room for improvement.

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5. You Can Bring Your "superpowers" to Work

You are powerful. You don’t need a new job to start wearing your red cape.  Why wait to share your greatness?

You just need three things:
  1. Clarity: on what you want and what's important to you right now
  2. Confidence: in building up your skills in that area and more
  3. Control: over your experience at work
There is always room where you are right now to apply more of your talents, energies, and special gifts. Your job gives you an opportunity to make a difference. That’s one of the core beliefs behind Heart Rays, and it starts with you.

So no matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you’re doing right now, don’t forget that the world needs you.

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6. You're Making Money

What's the point being employed if you're not making money? Yes, it is a very important factor. You are making money in your current job, but it is barely enough for you. Hold on. Look beyond the salary for now, and focus on some other benefits.

You may need to cut down on your expenses. For instance, I have cut down on the amount of biscuits I buy in a day. Lol, Yes, I love biscuits that much.

You can't overlook the salary that will accompany a new job, but it also shouldn't be your chief deciding factor. If you move to a new job only for money, then it won't be satisfying for a long period of time.


Have you lost that lovin’ feeling for your job? If you are not as jazzed about your work lately, one of the things you want to consider first is — how bad is it? Is it just a passing phase and hopefully something you can address, or do you need to change positions or your long-term career direction? Think objectively before you make a big decision or change.

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You may have to find a way to Keep challenging yourself. Whether it is learning new software, developing a soft skill, or stretching yourself outside your comfort zone by taking on a project you normally would not.

And consistently tap into your original passion. Remind yourself every day of why you got into this kind of work in the first place. Get closer to people who seem to enjoy what they are doing, so you can be inspired like them.

P.s  Being someone who'd quit a job before, I know what it takes. But right at the verge of a new season, the word (for me atm tho) is "STAY IN YOUR PLACE". That could mean different things in different situations, still I believe it can be applied to career too. Stay!


Please share your thoughts. What factors do you consider before leaving a job? Why are you staying with your current company?


Written by Nwamaka Ajaegbu 
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