14 Warning Signs That You Are In The Wrong Job

Posted On:2016-07-25    Category: Jobs & Career
14 Warning Signs That You Are In The Wrong Job


The feeling is sensational. Euphoric. There’s nothing quite like it. For a few brief moments when that outstretched hand reaches toward you, you feel invincible, important, and untouchable. You’ve just been offered a new job. With time especially if you took the wrong job everything changes.

For many people though, being in the wrong job is less clear cut. They might have a nagging doubt but it is likely that they have just pushed this to the back of their minds. If this sounds like you, then take a look at these warning signs that you’re in the wrong job and see how many you identify with.

1.Feeling like work doesn’t matter

This is a big one. While your job may look fine on paper, and while you may even know plenty of people who would want your job, deep down, you don’t really feel like your work matters. You may feel like a cog in a wheel, especially if you’re at a very large position or company. Maybe you’re working on a project that doesn’t feel like it really matters. Most importantly, the work you’re doing may not matter to you. You just don’t feel like you’re making the difference you want to in your job, your company, or in the world for that matter.

2.Your Potential is Being Wasted

Due to the challenge of unemployment around the world many qualified workers  take jobs below their potential in order to make ends meet.  If this was a temporary set back, it wouldn’t be such a big deal.  But for many of you, the job you initially took as a bootstrap, is now looking like your new future.

3.You Feel Like a Different Person at Work

Many times a job can put you in uncomfortable positions. 

Well that “energy” you spend doing your work in a way that falls outside your natural tendencies leads to stress, burnout, and unhappiness.  Sure, everyone will have to do some things outside their comfort zone, but doing this on a daily basis is a recipe for disaster.

4.You get that horrible feeling in your stomach on Sunday evenings.

Now, I know that most people don’t look forward to Monday mornings back in the office, but believe it or not, having a sick feeling in your stomach on Sunday evenings is not normal! Your body is trying to tell you something, so listen to it.

5.You Are Taking More Sick Days

Research has shown that unhappy employees take an average of 10-15 more sick days a year than happy employees.

If you find yourself using up more sick days, you might wonder if the job is the cause.

6.You are jealous of every other person’s job.

When you are in the wrong job, you will start fantasising about being in other jobs. You will even start to imagine yourself in jobs that would normally seem deadly dull. It could be that you are envious of a delivery man’s freedom or maybe you are jealous of the opportunities staff have for creativity in your nearby coffee shop. This is understandable since the grass always seems greener on the other side, but would you really normally dream about doing these types of jobs if you weren’t so unhappy with your current situation?

7.You Stopped Learning

With globalization and a shifting economy, learning is not a commodity to be taken lightly.  If you’ve stopped learning new skills in your job, you’re limiting how competitive you can be in the job market.

8.You cannot relate to your colleagues or members of your team.

Sometimes, people are in the wrong job. Other times, they are actually just in the wrong organisation. If your values are in conflict with the company culture, it is likely that you will find it increasingly difficult to relate to the ‘mantra’ that your colleagues believe in. Perhaps their suggestions seem morally or ethically wrong? Or is it that they seem to have their priorities the wrong way round?

If you feel in the minority, then this could be a sign that you are working in the wrong culture and need to get out and find a company that better aligns with your personal values.

9.The Only Difference Between Last Year’s Resume and This Year’s is the Time on the Job

Every year you should think of what milestones occurred in the last 12 months that  you can add to your resume.

If you are drawing blanks on what you accomplished last year, it might be time to move on.

10.Even if they doubled your salary, you would still want out.

If you are still left feeling cold about your job, even in a scenario where they offered to double your salary, then it is likely that you are severely lacking job satisfaction.  This takes many forms – sometimes it is a lack of work, too much work or just the wrong type of work. If you don’t get pleasure from the things you do at work and you allow this to continue, this can end up causing you unhappiness in your personal life as well.

11.The Only Reward is the Money

In fact, our most employees often share that they in fact get paid well but feel trapped, stressed out, or just lack the motivation they used to have for their job.

 “Let’s face it: the money is nice and there is nothing wrong with loving the money. But if you only do it for the money, then you are in the wrong job.”

12.Misalignment with organizational culture

You feel out of place. Like people don’t get you. You feel very different from everyone else around you. In fact, you’re expending a lot of energy trying to be someone else in order to fit in. The organizational culture also doesn’t sit well with you. The behaviors required to do well in your particular role are in conflict with your values, the person you want to be, or the person you want to become.

13.Mismatch between talents & tasks

This is the feeling you get when you’re not making the most of who you are. Constantly feeling like your true talents aren’t being utilized. Like you’re not exactly a “natural” at your daily tasks for projects. Consequently, you may feel like you’re not very good at what you do, like you’re always falling short, or like your natural interests, personality, or preferred ways of working aren’t well aligned to the work you’re doing.

14. You have classic signs of anxiety that keep coming back.

Being in the wrong job can be stressful and cause an emotional strain for our bodies. This is because everyone has a unique personality type that dictates behavior preferences, so when we have to carry out job duties that conflict with our ‘preferences,’ this conflict can create anxiety and stress. How this will manifest itself will depend but classic symptoms include headaches, stomach aches, tight chest, higher levels of perspiration, and difficulty sleeping well.

Take a good look at the responsibilities in your job – do you enjoy these or do you feel out of your depth? Do you have to perform duties that make you feel uncomfortable for a lot of the time? These are all signs that you are probably in a job that is not a good fit for your personality, and is therefore not the right job for you.