For any professional – fresher or veteran – finding the right job is of paramount importance. After all, we spend more time at our workstations, surrounded by peers than at home.

The apprehension to get it right every time is always there, and for freshers, more so. The working environment is unfamiliar; the corporate culture may feel stressful; finding a voice suddenly seems complicated.

Alternatively, for a professional with a considerable amount of work ex, the job could pose multiple challenges such as tight deadlines, peer pressure, fight to join the corporate ladder and others.

One can’t deny the many possibilities when you may end up working for the wrong company – one where your talent is not respected at all! Not only will that become demotivating and frustrating to go to work every day; your accomplishments will go unnoticed, your idea ignored, your creativity squashed and bottled up.

The negativity around you will squander your job, and your creative energy drained. Therefore, it is essential that you identify your talent and interests, and choose the right job that will help you succeed.

But how to identify if your current job is wasting your talents?

Every full-time employee works for between eight to nine hours a day. It indicates that more than one-third of the life of an employee is spent working. Getting placed with a company that you love will be challenging. 

In case you make it through, nothing is stopping you from achieving your career goals. On the flip side, if you get a job in a company that you hate, then there are higher chances that you will perform poorly, burnout productivity, degrade quality standards, and more.

According to Salary.com, if an employee is bored, unsatisfied, or not challenged enough, there are higher chances that the employee will waste their time and talent at work. Sounds like you.

If you could identify whether you are in the right job or not, you can avoid failures in the future. Here are 10 signs by which you can understand whether your company is making use of your talents or letting you down:

1. Your work fulfills you, and you are proud of your achievement, but if the company doesn’t appreciate it and reward you for a prolonged period, then you are in the wrong place.

2. You were posed with creative challenges when you joined the company. If those challenges are no more at your workplace and there’s no scope for you to create no ones, you should switch jobs.

3. You are doing the same work every day and have not tried out anything new since you joined. Stagnation is a sign of worry.

4. You are not given the right pay for the work you contribute to the company. And if your immediate superior refuses to do anything about it, you should make a move.

5. You do not see any new trends being applied in your line of work. In fact, there’s no use of modern technology at all.

6. When your company doesn’t seem to spend any money on learning and development, and even if you ask, nothing comes out of it.

7. You are poorly treated or disrespected at work – either by your peers or immediate superior.

8. When the sheer thought of going to the office every morning, makes you cringe or gives you anxiety.

9. Your employer has no clear vision for the company, or the goals keep changing every quarter.

10. You are not who you are at work. Your professional profile doesn’t match who you are as a person, personally.

Over to you

Consider the signs mentioned above and take the right action before it takes over you. Keep an eye on the job market. Work on your resume, look for job ads, compile your target employer lists, and network wherever possible. 


Asavari Sharma

Asavari is a Digital Marketing & Communications Lead at Empass. You'll often find her marketing gamification for skill assessment to colleges and companies, and educating recruiters on the benefits of using AI and mobile to hire the best talent. She is also the primary author of the Empass blog.

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