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9 Signs You Need to Quit Your Job

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9 Signs You Need to Quit Your Job

Sometimes going into work is tough. I mean, who doesn’t want to sit on the couch all day and binge on the latest season of Mad Men? Maybe you’ve had a tough project to finish and need a break, or you’re having  a problem with someone at the office and you’d rather avoid them. These are normal frustrations that come with being an adult who works.

But sometimes, you’re beyond irritation and beyond a burnout. Sometimes, you’ve reached the point of no return, and it would be best to leave your job and find something new. If you’re suffering from any of the things below, it’s probably time to quit:

1. YOU HAVE A (BAD) GUT REACTION TO WORK

Always listen to your gut. Especially if it feels queasy or nauseous when you start thinking about having to go to work. That stomach turning sick feeling isn’t a bad dinner. It’s your nerves telling you that something is seriously wrong and the stress is getting to you.

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2. YOU NEVER SMILE AT WORK ANYMORE

Think about the last time something happened at work that made you smile. Coming up short? That’s a problem. Work isn’t all fun, all day, but you should at least enjoy your co-workers and have satisfaction in your work.

3. YOU CONSTANTLY PROCRASTINATE

Remember when you used to put off your homework until “later,” because you really just didn’t want to do it? Well, work can sometimes turn into a grown up version of homework. You should feel excited and energized about doing your work, not constantly  looking for ways to distract yourself and avoid it.

4. YOU REALIZE THERE’S NO ROOM TO GROW

Sometimes we like the environment we work in, but there’s no where else for us to go. Maybe taking your boss’s role is the logical next step, but you know that won’t be happening any time soon. Or maybe your company doesn’t have enough people for you to really move “up.” Either way, once you’ve recognized that you can either stay in the same job forever or leave, it makes your decision pretty clear.

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5. YOU’RE BORED OUT OF YOUR MIND

Just thinking about your work makes your bored. You feel like you’ve done it all and there’s nothing challenging enough to keep your attention. It may seem like this isn’t a horrible thing, but if you’re bored with your work long enough, the quality will also suffer, and that will be a reflection on you.

6. YOU HAVE A “CASE OF THE MONDAYS” ALL WEEK

If you get a “case of the Mondays” on Sunday afternoon, and feel that you’re dreading work every evening for the entire week until Friday mercifully rolls around, then you’ve mentally checked out of work. Why spend all of your time somewhere that you don’t want to be?

7. YOU DON’T FEEL VALUED

You’re not just a number or a step in a complicated business process, but sometimes working at companies can make you feel that way. If you feel that your company doesn’t value you as a person, it’s time to go. Companies often want loyalty from employees, but as we’ve seen from recent events, they rarely return that loyalty. You deserve to feel appreciated and valued as a person and for your contribution to your company.

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8. YOU DON’T FIT IN

Sometimes what your company values and what you value aren’t the same. It just doesn’t feel right. You value learning new things, and they value doing the same things that they’ve always done. If there’s no sign that this will be changing soon and that your values will eventually match up, chances are you’re going to continue being miserable and not agreeing with any initiatives the company takes. It’s ok to not have the same values, but it’s not ok to stay and be upset once you’ve realized the issue.

9. YOU CAN’T STAND YOUR BOSS

If you and your boss, no matter how much you’ve tried, can’t get along and work things out, you may just need to cut your losses. Having a boss that you can’t work well with, and who doesn’t support you, will not help you succeed. Instead it will make you resentful and frustrated.

If you’ve noticed any of these things happening a few times a week, don’t try and convince yourself that it’s worth staying. It’s not. You’ll only end up damaging your own reputation by mentally checking out at work, and making it harder for your team to do their jobs. There’s no shame in quitting something that makes you miserable. All jobs have a life cycle, and knowing when yours is up just means that you get to move on to greater things.

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Last Updated on August 25, 2021

Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

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