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Are you worried that your career is not advancing fast enough? Are you still looking for the next “big break”? Do you feel left out when you miss a meeting, even if it’s your day off?

If the answer is yes, you may be experiencing career FOMO (Fear of missing out). The truth is, your career will not benefit from FOMO; it will only make it more stressful. However, there are several ways to control this feeling.


How Career FOMO Affects You

Thanks to social media, where everyone posts the successful part of their story, you might think that all your high school colleagues, friends or family members are doing better than you.

They celebrate promotions, enjoy a great vacation, or brag about new business milestones. Of course, you may end up believing that you’re the only one falling behind when everyone else is living their best life.

Career FOMO will negatively impact job satisfaction because you might end up feeling overlooked for the next promotion. So why should you work hard if they don’t reward your efforts? On the other hand, you might work too hard in a work environment with no real opportunities for career advancement.

Career FOMO doesn’t just affect your job performance, it will also impact your personal life. Constantly scrolling through LinkedIn for the next career opportunity, investing too much time and money in seminars, or being constantly stressed about your job will quickly take a toll on your mental health.

So here are some tips on how you can avoid career FOMO while keeping your career on a steady trajectory.

Sometimes LinkedIn can feel overwhelming due to its large number of job notifications. Checking every available job, applying and waiting for a response can quickly lead to burnout. The truth is, not every job on LinkedIn is better than your current job.

You shouldn’t totally quit LinkedIn, because you can use it to boost your career. But limit the time you spend on it. Respond to work-related messages, keep your profile up to date, but don’t waste time scrolling and comparing yourself to others.

Remember that many people spend a lot of time asking friends or co-workers for positive feedback or skill endorsements.

Use social media blocker

At first, you may have a hard time cutting social media browsing out of your daily routine. To make it easier for you, you can use a social media blocker to limit the time you spend on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, etc.

There are social media blockers available as apps for your phone and computers or as extensions for your browser.

2. Make your career plan

If you’re not sure your career is headed in the right direction, your fear of missing out will only increase. When creating your career plan, note where your current position is and identify your destination. Next, analyze your current job and employer to determine if you are on the right track.

3. Keep the plan to yourself

You may be falling behind a bit, but that doesn’t mean your career will come to an abrupt end. While it’s helpful to have someone to hold you accountable, you shouldn’t have friends and family constantly nagging you about your job. It will only increase your feeling of missing out.

4. Bond with your colleagues

If you’ve isolated yourself from co-workers and are still completing tasks on your own, chances are you’re suffering from career FOMO.

Of course, you have skills like public speaking or keeping a straight face when negotiating that aren’t part of your resume. If no one in your workplace knows you better, you will never have the opportunity to showcase your unique talents.

By bonding with your co-workers, you’ll have a sense of belonging, which can improve job performance through better communication. Your colleagues will see you as a team player, which can increase your chances of being considered for the next promotion or raise.

5. Build your network

There are three types of relationships you can use to keep your career on a steady path:

  • Personal relationships. This includes friends, family, co-workers from high school or college, or even people who share the same hobbies as you. Although they don’t work in the same field as you, they know you as a person and might recommend you to business leaders or owners.
  • Strategic connections. These include leaders, visionaries and mentors. Although you won’t work with them directly, you can get pragmatic feedback on how to advance your career faster or how the work environment will change over the next few years.
  • Operational connections. The purpose of this network is to establish a relationship with the people you work with, so that you can trust each other and carry out your mission.

6. Learn in-demand skills

When you suffer from career FOMO, it can feel like everyone else is getting a promotion, instead of you. Although you can’t control management decisions, you can make yourself a better candidate for the next promotion.

Check your desired job description and note the required skills and qualifications. Luckily, there are plenty of in-demand and profitable skills you can learn.

7. Do what you love

Maybe you’re doing your current job because it comes with a good salary and you plan to retire early. And when you retire with a big bank account, you’ll focus on what you love to do.

If you’re in it just for the money, you’ll be constantly thinking about advancing your career as fast as possible, and FOMO will be a constant thought.

If money is the only thing keeping you in a job you don’t like, you can try turning your passion into a side hustle. Once you have earned enough money to quit your job, you can pursue your creative activity full time.

Master your FOMO career

Most careers span a few decades, so it won’t do you any good to constantly point out that you’re missing out on job opportunities.

Either way, you might already be doing better than you think, so you don’t have to keep working all the time. If you find it difficult to make time, there are a few tools that can help.