I've written on this topic before, and likely will many times still, as it's a topic that speaks to my heart. It's about staying in a job that sucks your soul, your joy, your life. I've been there, and had I known then what I know now, I would have made a change so much earlier.
Today, as I opened the Brain Pickings newsletter, I read this passage from a letter written by a writer who worked for "the man" until he was 50 (which coincidentally is the age at which I finally left a job that wasn't "me" and launched my career as a resume writer, which is so "me"!). The writer's words are bleak, real and raw. Here's a snippet, the critical piece:
And what hurts is the steadily diminishing humanity of those fighting to hold jobs they don’t want but fear the alternative worse. People simply empty out. They are bodies with fearful and obedient minds. The color leaves the eye. The voice becomes ugly. And the body. The hair. The fingernails. The shoes. Everything does.
As a young man I could not believe that people could give their lives over to those conditions. As an old man, I still can’t believe it. What do they do it for? Sex? TV? An automobile on monthly payments? Or children? Children who are just going to do the same things that they did?
Early on, when I was quite young and going from job to job I was foolish enough to sometimes speak to my fellow workers: “Hey, the boss can come in here at any moment and lay all of us off, just like that, don’t you realize that?”
They would just look at me. I was posing something that they didn’t want to enter their minds.
These words brought back memories of empty, long, intolerable days. (Sorry, I can't seem to remove the italicization feature.)
This week I had two clients who prove, beyond a doubt, that the formula to success is changeable, flexible, unpredictable! One fellow was a manufacturing plant manager by his early 20s. Before you start claiming privilege, hear this: his dad did not work at or own the company, and he had no related or even unrelated formal education. Perhaps his advantage was to have parents that made him work for what he wanted, encouraged his exploring his talents from a young age, and fostered a fierce "go get it" mentality, facts that came to light during his resume fact-finding interview.
Another client, who trained in Print Journalism, rose to the level of VP with a well-known international company. Her role has nothing to do with journalism and all to do with operations.
The similarity is this: both honoured their talents. They recognized their skills, nurtured these, and success came on the heels of wearing the right shoes!
Here's a link to a talent test that has been compiled by Gallup. With access to an astounding amount of data, the results are accurate, insightful, and useful. I get most of my clients to take this test. At under $10 and taking about 20 minutes, it's such a wonderful investment!
When you are ready to make a change, I'd love to help you with a career changer resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile - although the most challenging type of resume to compose, because I am in my career sweet-spot, I am really good at what I do! I love this kind of challenge and am rewarded by helping people achieve their career dreams.