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Feeling Trapped? Time to Do a Career Pivot | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers advice about what to do if you feel trapped or stuck.


You're working in a job, you have been doing the same thing for a long time. It has gotten to feel stale and old. What can you do? What can you do to bring some life and vitality to your work life?

Many of you feel trapped because you haven't really what to do next. What is the next stage or platform for your career? I want to help you think a little bit differently and to encourage you to reinvent yourself.

I am in my 60s at this point. Many of you in your 30s, 40s and 50s. You're feeling the same thing so many people do. Is this all there is? This has gotten boring. I'm not just happy doing what I'm doing and I want to do something differently. Maybe of a new manager who you reporting to who doesn't really know your work. What can you do?

Reinvent yourself. Take the skills that you have and think creatively about them. After all, if statistics bear out, many of you going to live to into your 90s. Why would you put up with this for so long?

Instead, think of how you can import your skills to something new. Think about how you can approach life differently and how you can approach your career differently. Maybe it is about going into business for yourself. Maybe it's about doing something on the side and what you do business as a part-time gig while you are working full time.

No matter. Think about how you can get out of the trap that you feel that you are in. It is not simply about changing your attitude. You feel trapped. Maybe this isn't the right career for you. Start working at doing something differently.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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