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Knowing When to Leave: Four Signs That You Are in a Dead End Job

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Knowing When to Leave: Four Signs That You Are in a Dead End Job

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WITH MORE THAN 15 MILLION PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED, many feel grateful to simply have a job--no matter how dreadful their job may be. According to a survey conducted by the Conference Board, a business research association, only 45% of workers were satisfied with their jobs. But staying put may not necessarily be the best option. There may be signs that you should start looking elsewhere. Adrienne Graham, CEO of Hues Consulting and Management Inc., a recruitment firm that specializes in executive searches for diverse candidates, offers up four red flags:

There isn't enough work for you. Some employees might be relieved by a lighter load, but this should not sit well with someone who is really invested in their career, says Graham, also CEO of Empower Me! Corp., a professional development organization. "There are companies that are outsourcing their work and leaving employees with little to do." It could be a sign that your position will shortly be terminated or that the company is not confident in your ability to take on additional work. If you want to stay with this company, schedule a meeting with your supervisor and human resources, explain to them what your goals are, and emphasize that you want to stay with the company. Ask them if there are any opportunities in other parts of the company where you may transition.

You're not getting promoted. There may be many reasons for not receiving promotions: You may have all the qualifications, but may be lacking in areas that are purely subjective to management, such as style, manner, or how you communicate or handle challenges. …

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