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What is job satisfaction? Part 3

I wanted to include some final thoughts about job satisfaction.

There's no quick fix to finding fulfilling work, the kind of job that gets you out of bed in the morning before the alarm clock rings. Some people give up on the pursuit of job satisfaction altogether, buying into the belief that work is a means to end, a necessary evil, something you have to do to pay the bills.

Others believe that job satisfaction is linked to finding a new job. They believe their lack of fulfillment is rooted in the job itself, or in the organization they are working for. They stay at one job until the honeymoon is over and then they move on to another.

But moving on is becoming increasingly difficult. Our economy is in a major slump and new jobs are hard to find, not to mention that moving from job to job is an exhausting endeavor in itself. People who have hopped from job to job hoping to find fulfillment and purpose know these efforts are very rarely rewarded.

Forget the economy, forget everything you've been told about job satisfaction and focus on these two facts:

• You don't have to accept the slump you are in.
• It's possible for you to find satisfaction, even in the job you have right now.

You'll have to take responsibility for your own situation and you'll have to make a serious commitment to your job and career growth. But your efforts will be rewarded.

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Marshall Brown

 |  September 15, 2010; 6:11 AM ET  |  Category:  Career Change , Career Management Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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"People who have hopped from job to job hoping to find fulfillment and purpose know these efforts are very rarely rewarded."

"You'll have to take responsibility for your own situation and you'll have to make a serious commitment to your job and career growth. But your efforts will be rewarded."
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So short and sweet: There aren't many new jobs, so make the most of what you have and you WILL be rewarded.

Sorry, that was not my experience: cruel, ambitious supervisors – whose agenda was to maximize short term gain, and who felt threatened by competent subordinates.

Check out Carly Fiorina who outsourced thousands of HP jobs to India, and was paid millions to leave. Would your advice apply to the HP workers who were let go?

Posted by: shadowmagician | September 16, 2010 9:40 PM
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