Monday, June 8, 2009

I Can't Get No Satisfaction

If there is one thing all Working Girls have in common it's that at one point in our careers we become frustrated and we start to outgrow our current jobs/companies.

In this current economic state, a lot of women (myself included) begin to feel guilty that we even feel this way. We should appreciate what we have! Not hope for what we don't! Right? Yea, I know. Saying it is one thing, but believing is another.

Then I came across this article about a new book that came out in May called, "Make Every Day a Friday! The Joy of Connecting Who You Are With What You Do" by Marina Spence, CEO of The Pink Edge.

In the book, Spence confronts the problem of women wanting to make career changes during these turblent times, and how to make the recession a career opportunity for you. It's for women who feel stuck - and they want to make a change (big or small).

The book also focuses on Spences's steps to make every day a Friday (like the title - duh!). And I mean, who doesn't want everyday to be a Friday? Because I sure do.

Her top 3 tips include:

1. Pinpoint exactly what you don't like about your current job. Sometimes we say we hate everything about it, when there might just be two or three things. Knowing exactly what you don't like can lead to informed change.

2. Start small. Congratualte yourself for your baby steps, if that's how you begin. Always, move at your own pace.

3. Find your "guiding star". Locate the woman who's leading the life you'd like to live, and who inspires you to say, "if she can do it, I can do it."

While I probably won't purchase the book (I'm poor!), doing a little revamp of my attitude and how I view work might be just what the doc ordered.

13 comments:

Amy said...

DUDE, I am so sick of ppl telling me I'm lucky to have a job... sigh. At least the annoyances of cubicle dwelling give me something to blog about :-/

I think we all need some inspiration "in these uncertain times" - thanks for posting!

B-More BAP said...

Great Post! I just graduated from college and am still hunting for a job, but I can surely relate to the feeling of hating the job I'm in. Great blog :) I love the banner!

Dulce estrellita said...

wow! is a great book to read! i want to know is it in spanish? i'm from argentina! ok, so see you soon working girls, love this blog!

RedCurlGirl said...

I feel the same way sometimes--I'll have been at my job for a year in July and my responsibility has tripled since my hire date...and I love my job but with the economy i deserve a raise but won't get it and i know i should be appreciative...but it's just like you said.

awesome blog btw. i'm totally going to keep reading :)

Hazel said...

i was really frustrated trying to look for a new job in this economy and was telling myself that i should be lucky that i even had a job. but, after six months of looking i did get a new job. i'm glad i never gave up just because the economy was crap.

Dating is My Hobby said...

Yes! This is totally relevant. I've been in my job for a year and I'm getting antsy. I'm going to start reading you :)

Skinny Bitches in the Making said...

This is a great post. I am in the same job I took almost a year and a half ago when I was still studying. It's admin and client services and I cannot learn to love it. Most days I want to murder some of my coworkers. I'd love to get a foot in the door in the magazine industry but it's so tough. and the times don't make it any better. So I'm trying to make the most of it while I look for another job.

ceemee said...

Yes, I do feel frustrated at my current job although there are things that I like about it. I also agree to feeling guilty, especially now that I have resigned and wanting change. This book seems very helpful with WG's because it doesn't stick to just a line of work. Thanks for sharing!

High-heel gal said...

I can totally relate to this. So far this year, I've wanted to go back to school, become a journalist, and remain a teacher. I am constantly re-thinking my career choice. I'm definitely going to pick up this read!

Bayjb said...

I have to agree with Amy, while I am happy to have a job, having people remind me of it constantly is kind of a pain. I'm just trying to stay as positive as possible right now even though I'm frustrated.

And thank you for the Stack reco! We went for that decadent pasta. Amazing!

E said...

Great post, I have been feeling in a job rut so may need to check out that book as well...

The Memoirs of ZoƩ said...

Everyday a friday! I love that and your blog.

Marie said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely check it out. Good to know others can relate. I often feel guilty about wanting more while also realizing I'm fortunate to have a job.