Next Best Thing!

Endless wait for the best to come, holding everything else by the tail and not letting it go! All of us at some point of time have fallen into this trap. We know what we want. Its our prerogative to decide the level and refine the desired outcome. Where does this chase lead us to? Do we find what we were looking for? Alternatively we land on it, right when, it no longer means anything to us since we gave up chasing? Here’s a situation from our community:

Dear Sirs/Madams,
Regarding the problem…..After completing my MBA in HR, I joined an organization in May,2011 as Officer-HR. So its almost 6 months now…..but in these 6 months I have hardly worked or learned something….almost 20 days of a month I sit idle….no work at all…..I am getting bored sitting idle almost everyday.

Is it ok if I go for a job change now? Please advise what should I do???????

Source: confused about job change

How do we deal with a situation like this? Lets take a step back and see how this individual must have toiled to find this job.

Step In:

  • Focus – One thing at a time. A learning for the moment needs to be chosen often bartered for a higher pay. Targeted learning at a time will lead to a cumulative growth in the professional understanding. The current job offers stagnancy in the current time. A role as an HR Trainee often gets boring due to low scope of learning. Higher responsibilities and wider learning comes with a price to be paid in full, with time. The best use of ‘now’ can be made through focusing on each task and brainstorming on how it can be done better, if required. The suggestions for the process development should be made only after a thorough understanding of the environment and weighing the openness of the seniors in accepting or implementing them. This exercise would be rigorous in terms of effort, yet satisfying in terms of learning.
  • Decide –  There is often a thin line between dissonance and accordant. A crystal clear view can be gained by either travelling back in time or otherwise. The reason to take up this job, have been the first point of decision. This further connects with a career path as chalked at the onset. The determiners used at that point of time, such as brand name, location, salary, growth path in the company and etc requires to be revisited. These may change as few of them might have been dependent on conditions such as a different job profiles as explained during an interview. Options that are available requires to be weighed against the one at hand. The opportunity cost such as saving a certain amount before taking up a challenging role with a lower salary, or even relocating to another city. The job description for any new job, needs to be understood to the point, where there is an alignment of not just skills but willingness. Many careers in HR starts with Recruitment. Few find them interesting, whereas others find it demanding and tedious. Downloading resumes and unending head-hunting looses its charm no sooner.
  • No fear – Doubting and questioning rationally prepares one for competition. Whereas surrendering often extends our capability to accept and there by think out of the box. A stagnancy builds in inertia and holds back from action for the fear of losing. If the odds are accurately weighed, it leaves little room for any area that wouldn’t be pre-wired. This builds in ability to decide for the right reasons.

Step Up: Devil’s Advocate

To Be : When the current situation is limiting learning, it makes an obvious choice to look for a change. The job may not have been taken up very recently, yet it shows no promise. These lead to a sound decision where the reason for change can be advocated during the interview.

Or not to be : Changing a job should remain a natural result to an inorganic growth plan or shifting verticals. A resume presents a self explanatory growth path and ambitions of an individual. In this case, explaining stagnancy as a reason for change, without explaining the hard facts that limits learning, will exhibit a low thinking-out-of-the-box capability of the individual. Furthermore, trading a current position for new in the same level within a short period of time, may not add on the employability of the candidate.

The next best thing  depends  entirely on what we do at this moment, hence Carpe Diem!

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