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EP 1064 “I have been stagnating in my job and can’t find a better one. Should I take a career break?”

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The question for today is:

"I Am Stagnating in My Job But Can't Find a Better One  Should I Take a Career Break?"
I'm going to give you the short answer and then the long one.


What it tells me is that you don't know how to find a job, not that you should take a break. You probably haven't worked hard enough to take a break yet.

I have no idea whether you are 22 or 62. People of all ages running to stagnation in their work. If you are 22 and working in this job, your 1st learning how to master this role. Taking a break shouldn't be your goal.

Taking a break is a reflection that suggests you feel defeated. It's like going back to the cocoon and looking for sustenance there. All that happens is that you create a gap in your background that becomes difficult to explain. As time progresses. Here's what you need to do instead.

Let me just start with my own abilities. I teach job hunters how to find work. Join me at and learned some of the things you need to learn in order to find work.

For example, your resume probably stinks. You are submitting it for jobs that you are interested in but not qualified for. How can you tell your resume so that you get better results in more interviews?

If you're getting the interviews and not being invited back, you're not interviewing effectively. We can help you with that.

Things are breaking down for you not, probably because you don't have the skills but because you don't have the experience marketing yourself as a job hunter.  That could be true whether you are a beginner or more experienced person with 40 years of experience because Lord knows I talk to a lot of people with a lot of experience who do a terrible job of presenting themselves.

This is not the time for a break. That's not the issue.  The issue is that you don't know how to find a job and their avenues out there that will help you.  What is my own,, or hiring me as a career coach directly.There are other people who can provide help as well.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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