Get Out of Job Jail Now

Are you underemployed? Do you want more from your career? Are you unhappy in your current position? Do you long to break out of corporate America? For every job seeker, career changer, returning to work candidate or laid off / downsized / former employee, sound career management advice is here. Now you can take control of your career and stop allowing the economy, employees and envious family and friends from having control over your destiny.
Join Audrey, as she coaches you step by step on successful career strategies, in order to Get Out of Job Jail. There are eight ways to have the career you've always wanted. Learn how to recession proof your career for good.
In her debut book "How To Get Out Of Job Jail: Eight Ways to Have the Career You've Always Wanted", Audrey B. LeGrand will share with you six ways to have the C.A.R.E.E.R. you have always wanted. Along with eight ways to recession proof your career for good by improving your:
You will learn ways:  to improve your communication skills, assessing your abilities, recognizing your responsibilities, evaluating your etiquette skills, entrepreneurial traits, ethics and enthusiasm as well as re-establishing sound working relationships.
How do I know if I am stuck in Job Jail?​

Your career is eating you alive when:
1. You define yourself only through your profession
2. Significant people in your life take a back seat in your life
3. You are not active in any non-work related activities or hobbies
4. You are resentful and/or restless in your current job
5. You are experiencing physical health related problems
6. You do not know why you are working so hard
7. You feel overwhelmed and stressed out
8. You are unable to relax after leaving work
9. You have no outside interests, other than your job
10. You are depressed
What's the difference between my abilities and my responsibilities?

Abilities are the activities, talents, gifts, tangible or intangible skills you are really good at, such as effective communication skills, verbal and/or written, critical thinking skills, great organizational skills, multitasking ability, etc. Examples of talents would be the ability to sing well, empower others to succeed, play an instrument, bake well, play sports, etc.

Responsibilities are the tasks on your job description (not that you will do them, they are often things we are obligated to do) or your career accomplishments such as you may be responsible for administering an annual departmental budget, or meeting production deadlines or supervising volunteers on a project, or protecting others from harm.
When do you know it's time to change careers?

Ask yourself the following questions:
a) How do I feel about my work?
b) Do I feel challenged at my job?
c) Does this career still fit my lifestyle?
d) Do I see myself doing this 2 years or 5 years from now?
e) Am I experiencing burnout?​

If you no longer spring out of bed to head to work, when asked about your job you can’t find anything  positive to say, or you find yourself asking “Is this all there is to this job?” or you are leaving the building on Friday with your hair on edge, it’s time for a career change or at least a change in direction with your current position. You may be stuck in job jail and feel like your current position/career is a life sentence. In reality, most professionals have 4 to 6 different careers in their life time. Changing careers requires a sound strategy for a smooth transition.
What is the best way to resign from your current position?

1. Inform your manager first through a brief and professional letter stating that you are leaving to pursue other interest or opportunity. 

2. Don’t wait until the last minute to advise your organization, Make sure you don’t speak negatively of the company, your manager or peers during this transition time. 

3. Complete your projects and finish your job. If possible don’t leave anything undone. Clean up your work area and arrange material for your replacement. Remember to leave the company assets behind. Unless you brought something from home or paid for that item with your own money, it should stay on the desk. 

4. The exit interview is not your chance to be boastful about your future or irate about your past. Don’t gloat that you are moving on to bigger and better things. Also, don’t take this time to berate your boss or reveal things about your co-workers that you never voiced concerns about before. 

5. Leaving with class and grace will never come back to haunt you, but burning bridges may certainly come back on you, due to the fluidity of today’s job market. You never know when paths will cross again.
What's the best way to handle your boss?

Determine what type of boss you have first. If your boss is a bottom line manager then recognize that all he or she needs to know is the status on the project you are working on, not the details. You’ll both be frustrated. On the other hand, a detail driven manager doesn’t want you to omit anything in reporting on projects.​

Are you helping your manager and department look good and meet goals? Knowing the specific goals will give you a better understanding of where the department is going and what your manager is trying to accomplish. Now you can be proactive in your approach to helping your manager and team. If you have some ideas on how to improve your department let your manager know in private and in a non-confrontational manner. As the department improves you’ll gain credibility. You’ll find your relationship to be more of a partnership than a subordinate/boss. You’ll also be given more responsibility.
How can office gossip help you?

Gossip is your early warning detection system. It often prompts us to take stock of where we are, make adjustments and try harder. Now if its false information being spread via the company email, voice mail or by blog it can all be traced back to the originator, defamation of character charges can be brought against an individual. Don’t get caught.​Use gossip to heighten interest in your project, to advertise your service and get yourself promoted.
C = Communication Skills
A = Abilities
R = Responsibilities
E = Etiquette, Entrepreneurial Traits
​​​E​​​​​​​​​​​​​ = Enthusiasm, Ethics
​R​​​​​​​​ ​= Relationship Skills
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