By Gary N. Rubin
Staying in a job too long can take a serious psychological toll. Quit Your Job and Grow Some Hair shows how to spot the signs and take appropriate actions for achieving renewed career success and personal satisfaction.
It’s not good to stay around too long, especially when you know you’re in the wrong job or career. Indeed, too often individuals find themselves in a career rut. They dread getting up in the morning and facing the same predictable, and often depressing, routines.
Rather than admit it’s time for a change and take appropriate action, many people stick with a job that increasingly takes a psychological toll.
What they need is to assess their current situation and explore new job options which may mean a career change. They need to re-energize their career and their life!
Quit Your Job and Grow Some Hair is a step-by-step guide to career change and personal renewal. It focuses on the major challenges facing millions of individuals experiencing a mid-life crisis. Feeling unfulfilled in their current professions, many of them ask the question “Should I stay or should I go?”
Drawing from the author’s own transition experience and observations of others, the book provides a blueprint for making a successful career transition.
It gives practical tips on finding jobs, networking, communicating with others, dealing with the psychological challenges, interviewing, making career decisions, and much more. Rich with resources for exploring the whole career transition process. 165 pages. 2003.
THE AUTHOR: Gary N. Rubin, Ph.D., has more than 30 years experience in human relations and communications, fund-raising, nonprofit management, and higher education. He transitioned from a high-profile nonprofit management position to his current position as Vice President for University Advancement at Towson University in Maryland.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- An Exciting Journey Into the Unknown
- Signs of the Times
- Knowing When to Stay
- Anticipating the Separation
- Moving Forward
- Taking Action
- Starting Your New Journey
- The Most Important Tool: The Resume
- Beginning Your Search
- Communicating Your Strengths in Interviews
- Coping With Your Mood Swings
- Are There Other Options?
- Narrowing Down to a Final Decision
- Checklist of Survival Tips
- It’s a New Beginning
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Again, it’s Monday. How many more Mondays will I have to dread getting dressed and going to work?
What are the signs? What are those signs that are telling you that you need to change direction professionally?
- Do you wake up every morning with a lump of dread in your throat?
- Do you lie in bed a little longer hoping it will dissipate?
- Does a second wave of depression come over you as you are brushing your teeth?
- Do you start taking St. Johns Wort and kava to make you feel you can control your feelings?
- Do you need that first cup of morning coffee – that jolt of caffeine to pick you up psychologically as well as physically, knowing that it will only buy you a half-hour of false reality before true reality sets in?
- Do you get to the office after your Starbucks break, dreading the rest of the day, looking at your calendar and literally counting the hours till it’s over?
Is it avoiding real interaction with people only to find safety and comfort when using your cell phone? Is it calling your wife for no good reason (not even to have a conversation), but only to know she is there? Is it getting emotional when you are by yourself because you feel hopeless and not worthy?
If these are the feelings and emotions you are experiencing, you know you are in pain. You’re angry. You may even be close to depression, and the pain and the anger have got to stop.
As the character Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch, in the film Network says, “You’re mad as hell and you’re not going to take it anymore.”
Telling Signs of Change
While the feelings I just described project an overall state of mind, the following signs relate more specifically to your professional well being. Check those that apply to you.
- Have you lost the passion and excitement for what you’re doing?
- Are you questioning what you know you do well?
- Are you feeling like you don’t know where to begin?
- Are you keeping things closed and close to the vest?
- Are you focusing on the small stuff?
- Is your appearance mirroring your negative feelings?
- Are you only living in the here and now?
- Is it becoming harder and harder to conceal your inner feelings and your stress?
- Are you lashing out at those who mean the most to you?
- Are you only focusing on your inadequacies?
- Are you losing all balance in your life?
It is unlikely that you are experiencing all of these signs at the same time, or that they are as distinct as they are characterized here. However, you may be experiencing each of these with varying intensity as well as others that are all saying to you, “You need to make a change!”
Read about Gary’s experience in I Want to Do Something Else, But I Don’t Know What It Is (Impact Publications), by clicking here.