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June 2006
Moving Up or Moving Out: What's the Status of Your Career?

by Susan Reynolds

We must all pause to evaluate our career situation so that we can have a plan of attack to move forward. Many people find themselves in a job that doesn't seem to have growth opportunity. If you aren't moving up, is it time to move out? How well utilized are you? How rewarded do you believe you are; and how do you measure the rewards you receive, such as compensation, recognition from your superiors and peers, etc.? Do you like how you spend the majority of your days? (Naturally, it's a bit unrealistic to be ecstatic about every moment of every day, but one should not be grasping for fleeting moments of career satisfaction either! Move up or move out!

Start by evaluating your strengths and capabilities. Write down your personal characteristics. Map out your wishes for best possible workday. Think about how much interaction with people you envision. Do you have strong supervisory skills, and do you enjoy leading people? Talk to the people who know you well, both in your professional and personal life. Ask them what they know your strengths and weaknesses to be. Get their opinions of what directions might be viable for you. Ask yourself if you have wandered onto a career path by accident or on purpose. You may have evolved quite nicely and logically from your ideas and education as a younger professional, or you may find yourself wondering just how you ended up where you are!

Think through your "logistical" preferences. ? How much time and distance can you tolerate commuting? How much out of the office travel would you enjoy: by car or by plane? Do you enjoy spending time in meetings with others, or do you prefer to work with autonomy?

Just as the song says, it might be time to be "movin' out", so "plan it out" too!

Susan Reynolds is a senior partner at Newmarket Careers in Santa Clarita, a job search and career strategy firm geared toward managerial, executive, and senior level professional careers. She can be reached at or 661-755-3308.

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