Turning a 'just a job' Into a Good Job

A good job is supposed to be a job where you're happy, productive, and achieving things in your career. Those jobs do exist, and most people wish they had one. For whatever reason, though, the combination of career conditions, work environment, wages, and other factors turn many jobs into 'just a job.'

If that looks like a case of severe disincentive, it's more a case of apathy caused by lack of results. The job isn't producing the criteria for a good job. There may be, or have been, possibilities in the job, but the chronic degree of 'same ol', same ol'' is taking out the enthusiasm and levels of interest.

The cure is to reinvent the job as a career possibility, or in some cases alter jobs specifically to create career options down the track. A new career element has to be introduced to restart the motivation for achieving career aspirations and personal goals. That's not necessarily easy. Some workplaces aren't innovators, and change is infrequent at best. Some jobs don't allow for many new things.

However, in many jobs, you can change the job simply by changing what you're doing, and taking on new projects. The change alone can recharge you, particularly if you're in a line of work or career where the new work has a natural relationship to your existing job.

The concept here is to add possibilities to a static situation, and get the career focused again. That's usually a real option in most workplaces. Many jobs are far from highly developed, and job design in most workplaces usually creates situations where work is available for those who want to do it.

Reinventing your job

To add career potential to your job, you need to get work which enhances your career and promotion prospects. Exactly what you need is easy to find, from industry and professional sources, or more importantly from job ads. These will give you a benchmark for your job upgrade.

What you need is:

  • Work using marketable job skills, particularly the ones you're not currently using, because you do need current experience to get jobs.
  • Work leading to solid experience in marketable job skills.
  • Work which can be built into further qualifications.
  • New skills, based on the essential job criteria of the jobs you want.
  • Projects, or similar self managing work which you can use on your CV or resume.

You will know you're achieving something for yourself. That adds a lot to your career potentials. That can affect your whole life, and quickly. It takes the drag out of the days, too. You can turn your life around.

It's critically important not to allow yourself to stagnate or to be in a situation where your ability to get jobs is negatively affected by bad or non-achieving situations. The best jobs are always the ones that give you a lot back in return.