By David Rose

Loathing and loving a job is common. The back and forth; the flow of day to day business affects how you feel. If there are more good days through the course of the month than bad days, you’re in a good place. If, however, motivating yourself to take on the day seems to be getting more difficult, then it makes sense to see what options are available.

It’s hard to motivate yourself to make a job change, especially when you’re comfortable. If you think about it, only making changes during uncomfortable times doesn’t make much sense. When times until they need a job before exploring their options?

The first step is always the steepest.

Skiers and snowboarders drop into their runs from the tops of mountains thousands of feet above sea level. Skydivers take the leap of faith and freefall for what seems like forever calmly anticipating the opening of their parachutes. While some people seize moments as pivotal points, other people never take the step.

Overcoming any initial trepidation and ditching the excuses allows you to reflect upon your current situation and determine whether you’re on the right path. Perceptive candidates can discern if they’re loathing their jobs, loving their jobs, or being lazy about their jobs.

Loathing. Many people are content because they are lost in a sea of mediocre talent; “hangers-on” or “lifers.” Lifers are loyal. They tow the company line, and they have intimate knowledge of the company’s systems, processes, and organization. They are often the “go-to” team members for any out-of-the-ordinary happenings. They’re not going anywhere because they fear losing their status. They loathe the idea of starting over elsewhere. They’ve got it good [until there is a change in leadership of downsizing].

If you’re a lifer, consider that too much time with one company can adversely affect your career. Waiting too long to make a change may limit future job options. Hiring hesitation often arises when a candidate’s adaptability is questionable.

Loving. You can be loyal. You can love your company and your job. Just remember, intensions are great, but situations often dictate decision making. Companies fill holes. Your company may want you for the next opportunity, but that doesn’t mean the next opportunity will be available on your time table. Flexibility is essential, but your career is yours to navigate, not your company’s. Don’t let your desire to love your job taint your efforts to find a job you really love.

Just plain lazy. Who has time? You do. Everyone does. If it’s important, you will find time. Make your job search a priority before it’s a necessity. Be smart about it though. Don’t go at it alone. Get a team behind you exploring the hidden job market, not just what you see on Indeed. Work smarter, not harder. Get a recruiter to manage the legwork for you. He or she can provide insight to help you navigate the interview experience.

No matter your situation, knowing your options helps you to understand the value your skills and experience command. If the market is in your favor, you can move past loathing, loving, and laziness, and get to work finding your next great job opportunity.