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5 Signs You're In a Dead-End Job
Friday, August 16, 2013

A dead end job might actually be worse than not having one at all. Why? Because at a dead-end job you're pretty much stuck between a rock and a hard place. Leave the security of a stable income or stay knowing you're not going anywhere anytime soon.

Waiting for an opportunity to come along could mean waiting forever. If the following signs apply to you, it may be time to consider your next move.

1) No opportunities for promotion 
Depending on the company, the circumstances may not allow for promotions. This is something that should be recognized early on. It's important to consider things like is the organization expanding and if there is mobility in the organization. If you've noticed that some employees are getting promoted except for you, the problem may not be that it's a dead-end job, rather not the right job match for you.

2) You're unmotivated to get a promotion
You might not realize that the fact that you're not getting promoted is because you don't really want it, though you might have been expecting it. Promotions are not inevitable. In order to earn it, you have to want it first. This may stem from the fact that you don't like your job and don't want to solidify your position there. A promotion is a commitment that will prolong your employment there, and perhaps you know it, thus keeping you planted right where you are.

3) No raises were given in recent years
In some companies, even if they aren't moving people up, they could still be doing well enough to afford putting more into the pockets of their current employees. That may not be enough, but that's ultimately your decision. This is something that not a lot of people would complain about even if their job was dull.

Jobs aren't easy to come by, that's true. But a career is very much an important facet of your life as anything else. Just like you wouldn't keep bad friends around, you shouldn't be hanging on to jobs that you aren't enthusiastic about. Job are where people spend a majority of their lives, there's no point in holding yourself back when there are other places out there to get you moving forward.