This week we are taking a different approach to our fortnightly blog and using this opportunity to point you to resources that can help inspire you to take action with your current career challenge.

The blogs I share with you represent real problems which my clients are working through or prospective clients share. 

The first thing I want you to take away from today’s blog is that you are not alone in the challenges and emotions you feel in relation to your job and hopefully knowing this backdrop to the source and inspiration for my blogs you will start to see and feel that.  Yes someone else has walked in your shoes and has come out the other side, you can too.

My work with clients tends to fall into one of the following categories:

  • Problems in their existing career that they need help resolving.
  • Starting to question if the job they are in is for them.
  • Helping them make a career change happen.

Most of us at some point will struggle with a problem at work.  It could be an issue with the content of the job, the people we work with, our confidence or not feeling appreciated for our contributions.  For others, it can be about how they balance work and home life and find their happy medium. 

With any problem at work, the starting point is to always get clear on the specifics.  What is it that is not working?  What do we want to be different and what do we need in order for the changes to be made?  Start by exploring these questions and see what they reveal for you.

Here is a selection of different resources that may resonate and help you work through a challenge you are facing at work.

  1. Speaking to someone about a work problem
  2. When will they find out I don't know what I am talking about (Imposter Syndrome)
  3. How to create clarity when working in chaos
  4. Can't say no? - putting boundaries in place
  5. Is now the right time to ask for a pay increase
  6. Dealing with overwhelm
  7. Creating a realistic balanced life that's unique to you
  8. Keeping up with the Joneses (Making comparisons with others)
  9. Getting your company to support your training
  10. Finding a mentor at work
  11. How do you virtually network to develop your career?
  12. How to promote your career success without appearing arrogant
  13. Getting heard at your performance review
  14. Goal Setting and Action Planning

When a problem is left or not resolved to our satisfaction we can start to question if the job we have is a good fit or if we are good enough.  We can start to feel a growing gap between where we are and where we want to be.  Our future and place within the organisation can become foggy and without an idea of how to proceed, we can find ourselves falling into a black hole of despair.

If you are struggling to get clear on whether you should leave your job these resources may help you find clarity and get a handle on your next step.

  1. 7 Signs it's time to make a career change
  2. Is it the company or a career change you need?
  3. 5 Actions to take if you think a career change might be the answer
  4. Not sure if a career change is what you want?
  5. When should I not change jobs?
  6. Am I too old to change careers?
  7. Am I having a mid-life crisis or is it time to quit my job?

A career change encapsulates many actions that all take time as we find answers to our questions and work through our emotions.  We can feel as if we are in no man's land, we are ready to let go but we haven't yet put all the pieces of the jigsaw together.  And while we do that it can be a real struggle to keep going in a job we no longer want.

If you want to leave your job but aren’t yet ready to say goodbye, keeping motivated can be hard, take a look at these resources if this is resonating with you.

  1. I hate my new job is it too soon to leave?
  2. How to handle a career conversation when you see your future is somewhere else
  3. 12 Ways to stay motivated in a job you can't leave yet
  4. Can't or won't change career?
  5. That job isn't for you darling it's too risky

For some clients struggling to get a handle on what their next career looks like can be the very thing that keeps them stuck. Instead, perhaps you are waiting for a flash of inspiration, for the light bulb moment, unfortunately, it doesn't work like that.   

If you are trying to figure out your next career move take a look at these resources.

  1. 5 Questions to figure out your next career move
  2. What makes a successful career change?
  3. Can you find a job you love and earn a decent income?
  4. Why career changes don't work
  5. How can I tell if this career move will be right for me?
  6. I don't know who I am anymore
  7. My 10 biggest bugbears about career change advice
  8. How to get from A to B in a career change

And then once we do have that clarity we then need to secure the position and set ourselves up for success, which leads us nicely to our last set of resources for you.

Resources to help you secure your next career move and hit the ground running.

  1. Making the job interview work for you
  2. Explaining a career break to a potential employer
  3. Recommendations if you are preparing for a new job
  4. Negotiating the job offer salary
  5. 6 Questions to ask yourself when considering a job offer

Working through a career challenge or a career shift can be daunting and can feel like a lonely place.  Loved ones can be worried for us, we can feel guilty for wanting more or that we are letting existing teammates down.  These are typical feelings but not truths.  Remember you don't have to work through these challenges alone.  Let's have a chat and see if I can help you or connect you with someone who can.  Book a free introductory session with me here.