Tom Sweeney

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Archive for January 12th, 2009

It feels so good…

Posted by sweens on January 12, 2009

Have you ever found that job that you really enjoy doing and get really comfortable doing it?  I think we all have at some point in time, but today’s blog is about this so called ‘comfortable’ job and we’ll discuss if it is beneficial to your career in the long run.  This idea stems from a conversation I had over the weekend where a friend said they really liked their job but couldn’t see themselves doing it in ten years.  So I ask you this question: 


“If you can’t see yourself in your current job ten years from now, is your current job putting you in a place to get a career that you can see yourself doing in ten years”. 


I would assume that this problem is more common amongst generation ‘Y’ as those within this generation are recently in or looking to get in to the work force.  I think a great example of this is people who work in the restaurant industry during high school or university can at times become accustom to making large amounts of tax free dollars and aren’t comfortable giving that up for an entry level job that pays $35000 (which will be taxed). 



While some people may choose to remain in that industry after completing school others may wish to apply their degrees on a different career path.  However that task can be more difficult then originally thought when you’ve had the same job for the last 8 years.  Now I don’t mean to take anything away from working in the restaurant or service industry because there are a lot of good skills that you can learn from your time in that industry.  I would however point out that someone who is evaluating your resume and seeing that you’ve worked in the same service position for a lengthy period may not be as attracted to your resume as someone with a different background. 


This problem can also occur within generation ‘X’ while they are currently in the work force.  They may have had the same type of position for ten, fifteen or twenty years and then decide that they are looking for a new challenge or for something more exciting.  While it is possible to make such a change, the longer you stay in any given position the higher your odds are that you will be ‘branded’ as only being able to perform a specific job and thus could hurt your chances of making that change deep into your career path.


 If there is one thing I have learned from the comments I have received regarding the material on this blog, it is that the opinions of any given resume are held within the eye of the reader.  Someone may stereotype you based on your professional experience and someone else may not.  This blog is simply meant to point out a reason why maybe you aren’t finding that perfect job that you want so badly.


If you are learning new things and developing skills that are going to help you land your dream job then keep doing it.  But if it isn’t helping you get to where you want to be, maybe it’s time to start thinking about a change!

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