A dead-end job is more than just one that makes you weary when you leave at the end of the day: it's knowing that there's probably no raise, promotion or room for advancement. If you're worried that your career may be at a standstill, the folks at HR Bartender have a great way to find out if that's the case.
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The first clue that you may be in a dead-end job probably comes from your own unhappiness with the position, but we all know your perception isn't the best indicator of whether the job sucks. HR Bartender offers a few more objective ways to tell if your job is headed nowhere:
The promotion chain in the company is stalled. Is there someone in the position you want but they have been in the job a long time with no indication or mention of leaving the role anytime soon?
The company culture is one of “do your job, period”. Is your manager not allowing you the opportunity to take on new challenges or assignments?
Ultimately, if you are in a dead-end job, the only ways out of it are to leave or to shift tracks in the company to one that has more motion. You can try to jumpstart things with your manager (and HR Bartender has some tips for doing that at the link below), but if your manager is part of the problem, that may not work. Moving to a different department, switching managers, or trying to an in-house opening, even if it's a lateral move, may be a way to get a fresh start. If the problem is company-wide though, your best bet is to learn to be comfortable where you are, or line up something new and head out.
What To Do If You’re Stuck In a Dead End Job [HR Bartender]