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Too good for that job?

Q.  I've been at the same job for a year and I KNOW I'm too good to be doing it, but I'm afraid to quit because I really need a weekly salary and benefits. Also, my parents keep telling me I'm lucky to have a job that pays well and to put my head down at work and keep quiet. So what do I do?

Ans. Decide if you're really too good for that job. Consider if you've been promoted at all, or if you're still doing entry-level work with no indication you're going to be moved. Consider how many skills and talents you are NOT using on the job. Think about whether you're being given much more responsibility than your job title and salary deserve. If all that tells you to move on, do it regardless of what your parents say. In today's world of work one should always be seeking new possibilities for job growth. In other words, get your resume ready and start networking. But don't quit this job until you have accepted an offer for a new one that you feel will be an improvement. At your stage of the game, there should be several.

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