How to Get Out of a Dead-End Job

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Sometimes just holding down a job, even if you’re good at it, may not be enough. If you see little opportunity for growth in your current position, receive little or no recognition for the work you do, or find that your role is becoming less necessary as a result of technology, you may be stuck in a dead-end job. Getting out of a situation like that can be tricky. Once you determine that your job isn’t taking you where you want to go, try the following tips to get out of it and into a better one:

– Talk to your supervisor. Sometimes all it takes to get out of a dead-end job is to demonstrate the fact that you’re interested in and capable of doing more. If you haven’t asked for more responsibility or a chance to advance in your organization, start by letting your supervisor know what your goals are and seeing if they’re amenable to helping you to achieve them.

– Continue to do your best. Even if your job isn’t taking you in a positive direction, you don’t have a license to slack off. While you figure out how to transition into a better position, continue to perform as strongly as you always have. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your chances for a good recommendation from your employer.

– Plan ahead for your departure. If your employer won’t accommodate your ambitions, at some point you’re going to have to leave. Make a plan to do so. Create a budget so you know how much money you’ll need to have saved before you can safely quit, and start getting your ducks in a row in your search for a new position. It may help to motivate you by writing down a vision for the future you want to have or to type up your resignation letter and set a date for when you want to send it.

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