Like many of you, I have had the unfortunate experience of working for a micromanaging, narcissistic bully of a boss. These individuals are a veritable nightmare for both the employees and the HR department. For me it was a frustrating, demoralizing problem, that left me dreading each day I went into the office. What’s worse, I felt “stuck” with no way out of the situation. Do you find yourself in this type of situation now? Do you feel stuck, because you need an income to support both you and your family?Do you feel your career is completely controlled by this individual. Are always waiting for the next shoe to drop or the next call to the “office”?With unemployment still high at 7.8% as of December 2012, job growth expected to be slow in 2013, and a very slow recovering economy, what options are available to you? Have you been completely demoralized to the point that you don’t know who you are, or what you are capable of? That’s where I found myself. I don’t’ believe anyone should feel trapped in this type of unhealthy work environment, do you?I have great news for anyone who finds him or herself in this predicament. First and foremost, you need to realize you are not just an “employee”, a number on the payroll. You are a “product”. And just like any product, you need to have a marketing plan or “blueprint” for success, which includes an effective exit strategy if or when you find yourself in just this situation. Do you have such a plan for your career, or have you allowed your boss to define who you are and control your career?I would challenge you to take a step back, take a good long look in the mirror and start to view yourself as a product. Need help getting started? Below are three steps you can take to start the process of discovering who you are as a product.
Make sure you have a current resume, one that is formatted correctly and worded in such a way as to stand out in the crowd.
Keep a running list of all of your accomplishments over the course of your career.
Find a mentor or coach (a trusted advisor) that will help you to develop your strengths and uncover your weaknesses.
Take back control of your career! Decide where you want your work to take you in order to a have a successful and fulfilling career.Always be prepared for the unexpected and realize you have the capacity to control your own career destiny.