As we move closer to the end of the year, you may be assessing whether or not 2020 will be the year you look for a new job. If you constantly have a love-hate relationship with your job here are steps to help you make a decision.

First, list your priorities. Think about what you really want from a job. Refrain from seeking input from others – this list should reflect your priorities.

To help you begin this step, start with these items people most often seek. Edit, add or remove priorities from this list if they don’t apply to you.

Control over work

Flexibile hours

Sufficient pay

Likeable co-workers

Supportive manager

Treated fairly

Valued and recognized for contribution

Good benefits (health insurance, retirement savings plan, etc.)

Easy commute

Work that fulfills my passion (be aware you can fulfill your passion outside of your job)

Job with potential growth

Once your list is complete, then rank each priority. You now have a clear idea of what is important to you when evaluating a job. Use this list as a checklist.

Thinking about your current job, identify the priorities that are met.

If your current job meets most of your top priorities, then stay. Finding a job that meets all your priorities is rare.

If you still feel frustrated about your job, then figure out how you can achieve meeting several more priorities on your list. It may be by seeking more responsibilities at work. Another option is to volunteer at a professional organization or nonprofit organization.

If your current job meets none of your priorities, then it’s definitely time to begin your job search. Your list of priorities can help you determine when a new opportunity is the right one for you.

Sometimes you have to be in a difficult job to appreciate when you move to a better one. And sometimes, that difficult job stretches your skill set and improves your market value.

When evaluating your current job or a possible opportunity, it helps to have a list of priorities to use as a checklist. It allows you to be objective in your evaluation by focusing on what really is important to you.

End your love-hate relationship with your job and make a decision. Let 2020 be your year to reframe how you view your employment by focusing on your priorities.

Stay PEF (positive, enthused, and focused)!


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, RICP®, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing spending plans, comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”

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