The audience here at FOT is made up of HR and Talent pros, so we don’t usually write job seeker advice. Today’s post, however, is geared towards the HR pro who thinks they hate their job. There’s a few of you out there, I think.
If you believe a lot of articles, this is the time of the year to reflect on your career. Lots of people start a job search in January, because they spend the holiday enjoying the time off…and thinking they hate their jobs.
It happens to HR folks, as well. We are not immune to peeking over the fence to find greener pastures. Those slow holiday workdays at the office will make you think you deserve better than you have.
Maybe you do. Then again, maybe you don’t.
Maybe you have it pretty good. How can you tell the difference? FOT is here to help, folks. Here are three holiday questions to ask yourself before you polish up that HR resume and start scanning Indeed and contributing to tons of LinkedIn discussions:
Do you work with good people? Come on, no one has the Superfriends as their colleagues, but are your co-workers mostly good people trying to do the right thing? Are they sad, angry, spiteful people, or are they just slightly annoying and occasionally disengaged? Don’t quit because Frank has tuna for lunch every Tuesday.
Do you get to do some good work? Nobody gets to split the atom every day. We all have grunt work that we think is too basic—it happens. However, do you get to do engaging project work every now and then—work that is interesting or intellectually stimulating?
Do you have a chance to do more? If you do good work, is there a chance you can do more or different stuff? KD preaches career moves or reinventing yourself over time, and he’s right—can you reinvent yourself? Will your leadership team be open to you expanding your portfolio?
For me, quite frankly, the answers to these questions have guided my career decisions. Good people, engaging work and the opportunity to expand a portfolio—if you have these things, your job doesn’t stink. In fact, jobs that can positively answer all three of those questions are pretty good gigs.
I have spent the last 20 years of my professional life advising leaders to make great talent decisions to drive business results. In my current gig, I lead talent acquisition and management for a multi-billion-dollar, 100% employee-owned construction company. I geek out on analytics, succession planning, etc. and love it when we position folks to do their best work. That’s fun stuff. I tease bad HR people, because I think we can all do better, myself included. That’s fun, too.