Do you find yourself going to a colleague’s going-away drinks way too frequently?Does everyone around you seem to be constantly updating their resumes and Linked In profiles?You often have to take this into your own hands, of course—asking to be involved in a new project, signing up for courses you’re interested in, or attending a relevant conference or seminar in your discipline, for example.But if these possibilities don’t exist at your current job, it’s a sign that the company is not serious about investing in your career development.They’re gripped by fear of re-entering a different job market than the one they last recall.They have almost forgotten what it’s like to go on interviews.Their responses may be applicable to your situation as well.
Not only is it a good opportunity to review your accomplishments (and get in the habit of regularly updating your resume!
We all get content at times, especially at a job that pays decently well and comes with a good group of co-workers.
Maybe your job isn’t what you really want to do for the rest of your life, but you start convincing yourself, “This is fine—it’s not my dream job, but it’ll do for now.” And there’s nothing wrong with feeling content or comfortable at your job.
But keep in mind that being “content” can easily lead to complacency—and that’s the danger zone.
Complacency tends to generate excuses (“I’ll put up with this just for a few more months,” or “I just don’t have time to do a job search right now”) and leads us to settle (“This job will do for now,” or “Maybe I don’t need to be a VP [or fill in your blank dream job here]”).