Marcus Buckingham would tell you that only 17% of people are playing to their true strengths in their current job. This is based off an extensive study done on over 2-million people worldwide!
Are You “Title Shopping” or Dream Job Shopping?
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if everyone was in a job that made them feel strong at the end of every single day. The problem is that we spend too much time “title shopping”. We look for the job that we think is the best fit based on title and salary rather than looking at what you actually do in that job on a day to day basis.
We look for the “sexy” title and the “good” salary but we don’t take stock of the tasks that we actually do from one hour to the next. Then when we feel inevitably feel like crap about the job, completely unfulfilled about the work we do, we look to the boss to change the title or salary or to fix the problem. So what can you do instead?
This is solvable, but it doesn’t start with the title or the salary. Instead, you must ask yourself the question: What tasks do I currently do in my day that I wish I had more of, the tasks that really make me feel good at the end of the day?
Whatever those are, you can learn to influence and negotiate for those things.