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Miserably employed? Six stealthy steps to getting out of a bad job and into the right one

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Miserably employed? Take steps to
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For every unemployed person I know, I know three who hate their job.

A lot of people are miserably employed. In fact, a recent Conference Board report reveals only about 45 percent of U.S. workers are satisfied with their job. If you are unhappy in your position, take stealth steps to either improve your situation or get out of it and into a better job. Here’s how:

1) Decide if your work situation is really that bad or if you have let office gossip taint your perspective. Also consider if you are letting a fixable problem fester instead of doing something about it. Don’t skim over this guidance … and don’t take the good aspects of your job for granted. Make a list of what’s good and bad about your job and tally it up. Does the good outweigh the bad? Then consider sticking with it and improving the situation. Jobs are hard to come by so don’t take leaving your job lightly, but if the bad outweighs the good, or if you are in a crisis situation where you feel you could lose your job soon …

2) Commit to fully engaging in a stealth job search … a search you keep on the down low so it won’t jeopardize your current employment. Note I said “commit.” That’s important. Many miserably employed people are immobilized by fear or procrastination and don’t take action … staying in a bad situation for years … all the while losing their confidence, energy and joy. Stop that! Prepare now for opportunities that will come … it will build your confidence and restore your hope for a better career.

3) Complete an action plan to determine the job you want and how to land it. Visit my Resources page to find a Career Search Action Plan, as well as a Career Search Checklist and other free resources.

4) Carefully let people know you are job seeking:
  • Don’t tell your coworkers you are unhappy or job seeking. The word will spread quickly and can be used against you.
  • Don’t broadcast your job search or air your dirty laundry on your LinkedIn status bar or group discussions, or on your Facebook wall. Social networking can be useful, but if you want to remain employed while job seeking, communicate privately to individuals who can help you; never in an open forum.
  • Do un-friend bosses and coworkers on Facebook and make your wall private if your conversations there could hurt your job prospects. Note: People do not receive a notice that you un-friended them, but they may notice they can no longer view your wall. Explain to them that due to problems you’ve had with the site, you’ve curtailed your activity on it.
  • Do stop being connected to bosses and coworkers on LinkedIn if you plan to markedly change your status or join job seeking groups.
Here's how:
Click "Contacts" and then "Remove Connections" 
Check the box next to the people you wish to remove and then click "Remove Connections."
You can re-initiate the connection later if you wish. 

Note: People do not receive a notice that you disconnected from them, but they may notice they can no longer view your full profile. Again, be ready to explain why you are disconnected from them.
  • Do temporarily change your LinkedIn settings to not show your network updates when you join job search groups or change your LinkedIn profile. Otherwise, your connections will receive a notice of these activities in their network updates.
Here's how:
Click "Settings" (in the top right corner of your home page)
Under Privacy Settings, click "Profile and Status Updates"
Under "Notify your connections of status updates?", check "No, do not notify anyone and do not include me in company or industry updates" and then click "Save Changes."

After you’ve made such changes, switch your settings back so connections can view your network updates and see that you are an active, engaged LinkedIn participant.
  • Do contact people who can help you. Send them your resume, tell them what kind of job you seek, ask them to refer you and send you leads. Most importantly, keep in touch so they know your status and that you still want their help. Make an e-mail contact list to make it easier to keep in touch with them.
5) Improve yourself on your current company’s dime … This is a win/win deal for you and your company. Figure out your weaknesses … the things you need to improve before other companies will hire you and gain that knowledge now. Take classes, learn new software, ask an accomplished coworker to teach you things, etc. By learning new skills, you will become a better worker for your current company and perhaps, a more qualified candidate for a better internal job.

6) Become a leader in your field on LinkedIn by sharing your knowledge … Determine what aspects of your field you are most qualified to share. For example, if you are a fundraising professional who has been involved in a capital campaign, share that knowledge in LinkedIn group discussions. A friend of mine became a thought leader on fencing, a sport that had been his passion for years. I was always good at helping friends get work, so I started sharing job tips on LinkedIn. From there the Get a Job! Tips blog was born.

It’s easy to participate in a LinkedIn group … simply join a group, get accepted and start talking. Doing so can make a huge difference in how people perceive you. I toiled at progressive communications positions for 20+ years, but it wasn't until I started participating in discussion groups that peers noticeably began perceiving me as a communications leader.

If you are wearing the battle scars of a bad job, decide today to take action!

What tips have you tried to find a job while still employed? Share your ideas! -- Kathy


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  1. you could also try moving up in the ranks to reach a position that challenges you.

  2. you could also try moving up in the ranks to reach a position that challenges you.


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