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WIN 2017

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m W i n t e r 2 0 1 7 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 25 Americans quit their jobs in August 2016 alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—you don't have to be one of them, career experts say. Instead, you can often take steps to create a better job ex- perience, one that is more in alignment with your professional goals. e key to transforming a frustrating work environment is to focus on things you really like about your job and try to do more of them, says Kerry Hannon, au- thor of Love Your Job: e New Rules for Career Happiness. "Raise your hand and ask your supervisor if there are other ways to tap into that skill," Hannon says. Lowman Smith, who now coaches oth- er women through their career challenges as the founder of Atlanta-based BOLD MOVE Consulting LLC, suggests looking for the sweet spot between what you're By Tamar a E. Holmes W hen Dele Lowman Smith landed her first job at a non- profit organization, it wasn't what she thought it would be. While the organization had a compelling mission, the job itself didn't challenge her, and she was so bored at times that she would give herself additional things to do, such as re- organizing the filing system. When her boredom reached a tipping point, she started job hunting, but noth- ing seemed to be the right fit. After stew- ing in frustration, Lowman Smith finally decided that if she couldn't find the per- fect job, she would create it. She noticed that the nonprofit was struggling to re- tain loyal clients, and she had a passion for customer service, so she volunteered to work with younger staff members on their customer interactions. THINKSTOCKPHOTOS Her boss went for the idea. "I truly felt like I had a new job," Lowman Smith says. "I was spending time doing things I loved that were also bringing value to the organization." She ended up staying an additional two years and gaining new skills that have helped her throughout her career journey. One of the greatest lessons she learned was that no matter how much you hate your job, chances are you have the power to make the situation better. The path to happy For many professional women, career satisfaction is elusive. According to Gal- lup, in 2015 only 32 percent of American workers felt engaged at work. While many people respond to job dissatisfaction by seeking greener pastures—3 million Accelerate We Mean Business > From Dead End to Takeoff An unhappy job situation can be turned to your advantage

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