Client: I’m going to start looking for a new job.

Me: Why are you leaving?

Client: My job no longer challenges me. I’m bored.

Me: Do you like what you do?

Client: Yes

Me: Do you like the people you work with – your colleagues?

Client: They’re great – lots of fun to be around with.

At some point in life, you may find yourself in this situation. You like what you do for a living. You even like your colleagues at work. But for some reason, there’s something missing.

Some people immediately assume they need a new job because they are no longer challenged at work. But face it, job hunting is hard work. And is it worth going through all that stress when you DO like your work and colleagues?

What if there was another way to fill the void?

Try volunteering. When you work in volunteer organizations, you meet other professionals. Not only will your network broaden, but you will also increase your skills. Who knows, eventually you may head up a committee and eventually become a Board member.

Okay, volunteering may not be your thing. Then ask your manager if there are any internal projects at work where you can participate. Human Resources usually has several committees reviewing benefits or other work related items.

You’ve become good at what you do and need more challenge. Before you give up on a good job, find out if there are volunteer opportunities in your community or at work. These opportunities may fill the void you have to do something different. And it’ll be easier to find a volunteer opportunity instead of finding a new job.

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Niv PersaudNiv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, 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 as a financial advisor. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. 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’.”