Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: Throughout my 10-year career I've flitted across jobs in publishing, never staying in a role for more than 18 months. I'm worried that my CV looks messy but I always find myself getting bored very quickly and, despite my best intentions, I end up moving on. Is this normal?

A: According to my calculator, you've already changed jobs between six and seven times. And the first thing this tells me is not that you get bored very quickly but that you always seem to find it easy to find another job to go to. So what is it, I wonder, that makes you so employable? I suspect you have an easy, engaging manner that leads people to take you on to do relatively undemanding jobs. They know you'll fit in with the others, get along well, be good in any client-facing roles: all jobs where an easy, engaging manner has a genuine value. But I also suspect that none of these jobs has ever scared you witless.

You're bored because it's all too easy. I don't suppose you've ever been fired because I don't suppose you've ever been asked to do a job that stretches you to the furthest limits of your ability - and maybe a little bit beyond. …

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