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How do you know if you’re in the right job?

If you’re just looking for a paycheque to cover your rent and groceries, then any old job will do. But if you’re looking for the right job – a career that will not only pay the bills but also excite and fulfill you – a profession that you can’t wait to get to every single day – then you need to be thoughtful about what you choose as a way to make a living. Given that most of us spend more than one-third of our waking hours “at work,” life is too short to be in a job that you’re not passionate (or at least enthusiastic) about.

But how do you know if “your job” is the “right job”? Perhaps more importantly, how can you tell if it’s time to start looking for something different? What are the warning signs that you should jump ship and find another schooner to sail with? I answer this question in my latest column in The Globe and Mail, published just this morning.  In Five clues you’re in the wrong job, I give you — well five — signs that will help you determine whether you should be thinking about making a change.

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If you’re a paid online subscriber to The Globe, here is a direct link to the column on their site:  And if you’re a subscriber to the print edition, my column is expected to publish there on Wednesday.

So I know I started this column by asking you if you were in the right job?  But have you ever found yourself in the wrong job? How did you know?  I’d love to know about your experience and whether any of the five clues I’ve listed were present for you.  Please comment below.

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