You know how, if things are getting hinky on a website, you can sometimes hit the refresh button, and everything returns a little brighter, a little clearer, a little more fully functional?
Don’t you wish you could do that with your job?
Imagine if you could click yourself into the kind of job you thought or hoped you were getting when you took this one.
What would that be like?
Perhaps the people would be nicer, like colorized versions of themselves. They would take the time to recognize you and each other as human beings, rather than space on an organizational chart.
Maybe your work would be more interesting. You’d be tackling projects that activated more than a few parts of your brain, and even if your days were sometimes long and hard, you’d be energized by the challenge.
There might be more opportunities for advancement. You could see the kind of work you’d like to be doing, the responsibility you’d like to take on, and you could actually see how you could make that happen.
You’d be getting better pay.
There is a point to this exercise, other than making you pine for what you thought you were getting. While it is possible the job you currently have really does suck beyond hope of redemption, that’s not necessarily the case. And if the people from the company mis-represented themselves in the hiring process, maybe you did a bit of that, too.
So once again, envision the kind of job you thought you were getting. Since you don’t have a refresh button for your career, what can you do to make that happen in real life?
To get people at work to relate to you as a human being, model the behavior for them. Maybe they’ve been stuck in corporate America so long they’ve forgotten how.
To get more interesting assignments at work, maybe you have to be willing to get interested in what you’ve got. Be willing to commit to it.
To find opportunities for advancement, maybe you need to put yourself out there, and let the powers that be know that’s what you’re looking for. Those doors to promising careers don’t open magically for most of us. You’ve got to look for them and knock.
And if you want better pay, you better ask for it. Judiciously, of course, which means that you know you’re asking for what’s appropriate for your level and your work, and you have the data to support your request.
Try all these techniques, and you might not even need a refresh button.
by Danielle Dresden