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Five Signs Your Career Has Stalled

Updated on June 24, 2016

Five Signs Your Career Has Stalled

Has your career stalled? Unsure of the answer to this question? If so, it’s time for you to conduct a rapid assessment of where things stand for you at this time as well as set goals for where it is you want to be within the next 1-3 years.

The Career Stall Test

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when examining whether or not your career has stalled.

  1. Have you been promoted within the last 3-5 years?
  2. Have you taken on new duties in your role that could be classified as a stretch opportunity?
  3. Have others you previously managed or perhaps were your peers at one time been promoted into job positions higher than your own over the last few years?
  4. Are you being included in ongoing "high-profile" projects and activities that garner the spotlight and recognition?
  5. Are you bored or frustrated by every little thing that crops up in the workplace?

Looking for ways to stop the stall? Here are a few tips to help you maintain momentum.

Don’t get too comfortable.

Unless you are looking to stay in your current job level (which is okay if it is a conscious choice), don’t get too comfortable or complacent with the day to day. The key is to always look for new opportunities show evolution within yourself, the team and/or organization.

Find Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder

Efficiency is key. You should always be looking for ways to function in your job at a more efficient level and so that you don’t get stuck in the same old rut of putting out unnecessary fires related to things that should be routine by now. You must find a way to become a better manager of your time so that you can make time to do new and exciting things so that ultimately, you can push past the stall.

Set a Few Goals

Goal setting is a critical part of the career management and planning process. As noted above, if you are interested in not being stalled, goal setting is a critical component of the equation. It enables us to map out where we are today and where it is we want to be.


Seek Growth

Always keep an eye open for growth opportunities whether through education, training or workplace stretch opportunities. In addition, look beyond opportunities that only strengthen you. Look for opportunities that also stretch your team.

Stay Aware of Industry Practices and Trends

Stay aware of industry trends in your current field. Do not be afraid to introduce new best practices into the work you perform today as this will position you in a way that shows an awareness for the need to keep yourself or team moving along the path of evolution.

Network, Network, Network

Of course, there’s nothing like networking with the right people to get your names on the lips of the right people to pull you out of the career stall. You can do this in a variety of ways ranging from getting involved with projects to serving on committees that are sponsored and/or managed by managers/workplace executives.

Finally, set a few goals for yourself so that you are constantly evaluating your career and progress that you are or are not making.


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