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4 Things to Do When You Feel You're Stuck in a Dead-End Job

It's not unusual to occasionally feel stuck in a rut at work. But if you've reached the point where you believe you're going nowhere, it can be extremely demotivating, to say the least. If that's the scenario you've landed in, here are four ways to improve the situation.

1. Carve out new opportunities for yourself

Your manager might limit you to the same set of monotonous tasks not because you're incapable of doing more, but because the current setup simply works -- and bosses aren't inclined to shake things up. But if you're unhappy with your role, you should proactively change things yourself. Suggest new projects that can help your company, and ask permission to run with them. Or offer your services on existing initiatives that interest you. Don't wait to be assigned new tasks -- ask to be a part of them.

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2. Boost your skills

The more competent and well rounded you make yourself, the greater your likelihood of getting promoted to escape a meaningless role. Try to make yourself more valuable, whether by boosting your soft skills, like organization and time management, or the skills specific to your job, like editing, programming, or designing. You can take courses, seek out a mentor at work, or simply observe colleagues who seem successful. The key is to learn enough that your manager sees you're able to do more.

3. Network internally

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Networking is an important part of landing a job, but it can also help make a not-so-great job better. Get to know different peers and managers in various areas of your company, and see what opportunities you're able to carve out by building relationships. A position might open up on a totally different team that you'd be perfect for.

4. Speak up

It may be clear to you that you're going nowhere -- but does your boss know how you feel? Managers aren't mind readers, so yours might assume that you're content. Instead, speak up about your frustrations with your job, and make it clear that you're looking for a different opportunity. With any luck, your boss will give you new and interesting work.

Resigning yourself to a dead-end job will only make you miserable and stunt your career growth. Instead, make the above moves and see if they help. With any luck, you'll start to feel better about going to work.

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