That’s the advice of Bob Kelleher, President of The Employee Engagement Group, and an authority on staying focused and connected on the job.
While it may seem counter-intuitive to think of exiting your job as a way of becoming more engaged with it, I think Kelleher is onto something.
When you are not aware of the options beyond your current position or worse still, convinced that no one else would hire you, you begin to feel hemmed in and frustrated—as though you’re not in control of your career.
These feelings can lead to apathy toward your job. The resulting behavior can affect your performance and ultimately put you in jeopardy of losing your job.
On the other hand, when you begin to consider the career options beyond your current job, assess your marketable skills, and update your professional portfolio, you may begin to feel more empowered—even to the point that you develop a renewed appreciation of your current position!
Here are four steps to consider that may increase your engagement with your job while being prepared for future opportunities:
- Recognize your talents, abilities and skills as well as the personal traits that make you valuable to an employer and give you an edge in the marketplace. For help with this, you might visit www.strengthsfinder.com.
- Clearly communicate what you have to offer with current strategies: create a winning resume and Linkedin profile, using up to date language and eye-catching formatting. (Consult a career counselor with legitimate credentials, rather than an on-line service with no way to track who’s giving you advice.)
- Begin to initiate “strategic” conversations with professionals whose work requires similar skills, but in different organizations or industries. In the process, you’ll begin to see where your skills are transferable.
- Regularly take stock of your life and work priorities. Think about the ways in which your current work aligns with them, giving you a greater sense of meaning and value.