Rethinking Your Career? Don’t Forget This Crucial Ingredient

“The pandemic has made people rethink their lives and their work,” declared a recent news article, one of many reporting on what’s now being called the Great Resignation.  Analysts point to a variety of reasons for the mismatch between the 8.4 million potential workers who are unemployed, and the record 10.9 million jobs open (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Some of …

Who’s Your Kitchen Table Job Search Club?

Searching for a job is exhausting work whether you’re currently employed or unemployed. I’ve done both in the past couple years, but I remember being shocked at how tiring looking for a job was even when I didn’t have other work. When I quit my job a few years ago and spent three months unemployed and searching for my next opportunity, …

Where Do You Get the Best Job Transition Support that Money Can Buy?

As anyone who has been through job transition realizes, the daily emotional roller coaster job searchers face can be very difficult. Particularly testing are the valleys of despair, the “agony of defeat” (cue the 1970’s version of ABC Wide World of Sports with the depiction of the downhill skier wiping out), and the ongoing challenge of needing to be “on” …

Misemployed: When Your Job Doesn’t Fit

According to the Stress in American Survey, job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems. One in four Americans believe their number one source of stress is their job. Today’s blog discusses misemployment as a source of job stress. Misemployment and Burnout The term “misemploy” means to use something in a wrong or harmful …

Underemployed: When The Work Isn’t Enough

Underemployment is defined as not having enough paid work or not making full use of your skills and abilities. Being underemployed is one of the sources of burnout, our blog focus for this month. When you say “underemployed,” the first scenario seems to be the one that comes to mind for most: not making enough money. For anyone who has experienced the …

Overemployed: Do I Have A Choice?

While most of our Crossroads Career content is about being unemployed or unfulfilled, being overemployed can be equally, if not more, of a problem with which to grapple. Overemployment is defined as “a situation in which a person consistently works more hours than they can sustainably work” (thefreedictionary.com). Overemployment may be someone’s choice although, from my personal experience an observation, many …

The Problem of Burnout

A 2018 Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23% of employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while an additional 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes. That means about two-thirds of full-time workers experience burnout on the job. I was burnt out by the time I chose to leave my job at the …