Feeling a little lost at work?

As recruiters we meet a lot of candidates (thanks Captain Obvious).

But there’s a type of “candidate” we often meet with that isn’t looking for a job. This candidate isn’t necessarily unhappy with their current job. They often aren’t unhappy with their manager, they aren’t unhappy with their work conditions or their pay. They aren’t unhappy with the organizational culture or the travel to work. They aren’t really unhappy at all… they are just a little lost.

Maybe this is you? Are you feeling a little lost in your work at the moment? Are you unsure whether it’s better to stay or better to go? Well don’t worry, it’s a lot more common than you may think. You aren’t sure if the grass is greener on the other side of the fence or on your side of the fence.

When feeling a little lost at work there are several things you can do:

Talk to those who you trust, both in and out of work. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust can be a real relief, and their feedback for you may really help to change your perspective on things.

Have an honest discussion with your current manager around how you are feeling. There is nothing wrong with having this type of discussion. Be clear to your manager that you aren’t resigning, but just want the opportunity to have some open dialogue with them.

Avoid making any big decisions around work when feeling a little lost. Unless you know “why” you are feeling lost at work and the reason why then changing jobs now will just unnecessarily add another role to your resume without solving the problem.

Consider whether it’s work or personal factors that are contributing to how you are feeling. Work is a lot more likely to become a drag when dealing with difficult situations outside of work. If that’s the case then changing your employment decision isn’t really going to have any impact. Seek some help.

Get a Mentor. Having a Mentor is a wonderful and unique experience. I’ve personally experienced the impact a good mentor can have.

Talking to a recruiter can certainly help. Part of the role we do play is to screen candidates “out” when their motivations for a applying for a role isn’t right. So feel free to explore that path as well, but make sure you’ve considered the above.

James Witcombe

The Candidate Coach

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