Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Dondi Scumaci's book, Career Moves: How to Plan for Success, Create Value for Your Organization, and Make Yourself Indispensible No Matter Where You Work, (Strang Publishing Group, 2009).

 

If you don't enjoy your job, you don't need to settle for it.  God wants you to work at your highest potential, and that includes a fulfilling job where you can make the contributions He has designed you to make.  So don't hesitate to move on to better job situation - either by making changes in your current position, or by finding a new one.

Here's how you can make wise career moves:

Notice moving signs.  Signs that indicate that it may be time to move on to a better work situation include:

o       feeling a sense of discontent,

o       realizing that your current work isn't helping you achieve your future career goals,

o       feeling disengaged with your work so that you're not giving your best effort to it,

o       experiencing so much pressure that you can't rest enough,

o       experiencing too little pressure to motivate you to reach toward challenges and professional growth,

o       working on assignments that others in your organization don't notice enough or don't value enough,

o       finding that your job doesn't fit your life well (such as not giving you the right balance between home and work, or not tapping into the passions that motivate you),

o       finding that your job doesn't fit you because your skills aren't suited for the position you're in,

o       realizing that your strengths and gifts aren't being used on the job but that your comfort zone is holding you there and causing you to settle for less than the best, and

o       recognizing that you have some malicious motives about the relationships and situations you must deal with at work.

Develop a strategy.  Be sure to make each career move in the context of where you want to go.  Rather than running away from something, reach for something.  Think and pray about your strategy so you can be proactive instead of reactive.  Be patient with yourself and the process, listening carefully to what God reveals to you about yourself and His purposes for you.  Think of your career as a story and ask yourself:

"What pieces of my story are working well?"

"Which parts are not?"

"How satisfied am I with the plot and the characters?" and

"How do I want my story to turn out?"

Reinvent your current job.  You may be able to change your job without leaving it for a new one.  Get additional training that will help you develop the skills you need to better meet your career goals.  Ask your customers and coworkers what they need, and once you understand their needs well, carve out your niche by delivering those results as a valuable member of the team.  Get to work solving problems and improving processes in your organization.  Do all you can to add value to the place where you work.  Be willing to take a step back (such as by taking a pay cut or moving down your company's organizational chart) in order to step ahead to the role you most want to play at work.