Career Tips: 9 Signs You’re at a Dead End Job

In Jobs, Money

Maybe you already know you’re in a dead-end job, but don’t necessarily want to admit it out loud. After all, if you admit it, you’re going to have to do something about it. Of course, you could also be one of the small group of people who honestly don’t realize the job you head to day after day is going absolutely NOWHERE.

Regardless of which group you consider yourself to be a member of, it’s time to look at the facts. Read through the following 9 signs that a person is stuck in a dead end job and apply it to your own position. If you identify with way more of them than you should, it is time to start taking the steps necessary to make a change.


1. No Sign of advancement.

You’ve held the same position since the beginning of time…and you don’t see it changing anytime soon. Honestly, if you have been in the same position for the last three years or more without even the smallest change in title, responsibility, or pay; it’s time to admit that your career is going nowhere fast.


2. Lack of enthusiasm.

Motivation and enthusiasm aren’t part of your work vocabulary. If you have to drag yourself out of bed every single day and force yourself to go to work, that’s a problem. This is a good indication that your job offers no new challenges or opportunities to learn. Unfortunately, a position that never tests your abilities, nor gives you the chance to learn anything is definitely a dead-end job.


3. High level positions go to the newly hired.

Your company is constantly hiring outsiders instead of promoting from within. If it seems like every time a higher position comes open that you are qualified for, the company hires an outsider and leaves you out in the cold, chances are good this is a trend that will continue indefinitely. It is time to face the truth…you are in a dead-end job.


4. You are not taken seriously.

Even your best ideas are put on the backburner or just flat out rejected. Think about the times you have approached your supervisor or colleagues with an idea, either something major or something pretty small. Do they listen to your ideas, offer a bit of feedback, and even work on incorporating them into the office or do they just brush you off until you finally give up? When your ideas are constantly ignored, it is a good indication that your input isn’t valued. When your input isn’t valued, it’s a huge sign that your position is headed nowhere.


5. You don’t matter to your bosses.

Your management team has no interest in learning about your goals. When your higher-level bosses take the time to ask what you want/ need in an employer, as well as where you see yourself in five years, it means they actually value your goals and are likely committed to helping you achieve them. On the other hand, if the higher ups couldn’t be less interested in your goals, this means that they really don’t care about your career trajectory and you shouldn’t expect to move up anytime soon.


6. You truly hate your job.

If you hate your job so much that you head to work every morning praying that a bus hits you, it’s a sign that you are either bored, unmotivated, or simply burnt-out with the position. Here’s the thing…it’s probably very obvious to your supervisors that you feel this way, which will pretty much eliminate any chances you have of ever getting ahead.


7. You are on the outside looking in.

The higher ups in your company play favorites (and you are NOT one of them). If you are not on management’s good side, you cannot honestly expect that you’ll be moving up the corporate ladder anytime soon.


8. Your work is not challenging.

Your job duties are mundane and significantly less than what they should be for your education, skills, or training. If your education, skills, and training are certainly impressive, but your job consists of answering the phone, filing paperwork, or anything else that a monkey could be trained to do, it’s a good sign you are in working in a dead-end position.


9. The industry you are working in is dying out.

It goes without saying that if your entire industry could easily be phased out in the next few years or decades, there is nowhere for your career to go except downhill.


Now, it’s time to be honest with yourself. Are you in a dead-end job?

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