We’ve all made bad career decisions. Or you will at some point in your life. I can guarantee this. I see it and hear it daily from candidates seemingly stuck in a career tailspin.
At the time, of course, we felt like we were making the right decision. But realized quickly we were doing something horribly wrong for our careers. Once we’ve made the wrong move, we find ourselves trying desperately to get on the right path again.
It all seems like a sucky, never-ending cycle.
But it doesn’t have to be. Here are 7 things you can do to get your career back on track and avoid having a career tailspin.
1. Call Your Former Employer
Sometimes it is as simple as that. You made a bad decision. Some of the best employees for organizations are “boomerang” employees who realize that the grass wasn’t greener on the other side and come back with a renewed attitude. Write down what you didn’t enjoy and don’t do it again. Simple enough. Learn from your mistakes. If you take another job that has you doing something you didn’t enjoy doing, then shame on you. You could spend a lifetime going down the wrong path.
2. Write Down What You Didn’t Enjoy and Don’t Do It Again
Simple enough. Learn from your mistakes. If you take another job that has you doing something you didn’t enjoy doing, then shame on you. You could spend a lifetime going down the wrong path.
3. Write Down What You Did Enjoy
Yep, as much as there are things you didn’t like about your job change, I can promise you that there were some things you did enjoy about the position. Make sure that your next job has some of the things.
4. Realize You May Have to Take a Step Back and That Is Okay
If you took a job in a different field, then decided to switch back, your skills may be outdated. You may need to brush up on your skills or take a lower position than the one your previously held depending on the duration of your hiatus. This could especially happen in the technical world we live in today. You may have to take a step back to get two steps forward.
5. Explore Something Completely Different
This could be dangerous, but it also could be exactly what you need to do. If your past employer wasn’t the right job and neither was your current employer, then look at doing something completely different. You may find yourself even further from your goals and aspirations, but then again, it may be exactly what the doctor ordered. You might have been pursuing a career that wasn’t the best fit for you after all.
6. Realize the Next Job May Not Be Your Dream Job
Remember it takes a while to get to where you want to go. I wanted to be an independent recruiter for years. I knew my limitations. I knew when the time was right to make the move to be an agency recruiter. I had a series of jobs before I became a business owner.Expect mistakes to be made again. I wish I had a crystal ball. None of us have the crystal ball. Make a well informed decision and go for it. Being paralyzed in a job that you hate is the worst feeling in the world.
7. Expect Mistakes to Be Made Again
I wish I had a crystal ball. None of us have the crystal ball. Make a well-informed decision and go for it. Being paralyzed in a job that you hate is the worst feeling in the world.
In conclusion, the career journey is what every human goes through. The way I see it though, these decisions are all part of the learning experience. Good news: the older you get, the more you learn from your mistakes and the less likely you are to make them again. Personally, my life has been like Dr. Seuss’s book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”. At 43, I must say I finally am doing what I love and what I am good at doing.
You’ll find your right place, too… but you just may go through a few career tailspins first.
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Bullseye Recruiting!
About The Author: Will Thomson is the Founder & President of Bulls Eye Recruiting. He has helped organizations such as Rosetta Stone, Dell, eBay, Balfour, and Rainmaker Systems in identifying and hiring top talent from around the globe.