Our expert says:
Many of us find times in our lives and careers when we feel stuck in a job we find either just boring or definitely unpleasant. But especially when we have responsibilities, like children or others to look after, we stick with it while actively searching for something better, rather than leaving too easily. Its usually easier to get a new job when you already have one, than when unemployed.
Now in your particular situation, it sounds as though you may be perfectionist to the point of being over-anxious that something might go wrong when working with a client, rather than feeling confident you can make it go right. It sounds as though your work is generally fine, but that you never feel confident and always feel at risk.
Sadly, Bad management is the usual sort. You should be given support and encouragement, and useful feedback throughout your work.
The promoion that didn't happen may be about the quality of your work, or because the company isn't doing so well financially this year - but either way, should have been discussed with you.
In a properly run office, nobody should have to work extra hours of overtime except in genuine emergencies.
Maybe the HR dept of wherever you work can advise - I don't think companies are entitiled to expect people to work unpaid overtime. Maybe they'd say this is your choice if you don't finish work within the office hours ?
Its not an easy time to get a job, worldwide, due to the economic problems, so don't blame yourself if it is seeming to be hard.
Maybe its not sadness you feel so much as discouragement. You can and will make it, and sadly, like many other workers, you are not receiving the encouragement and support you need and deserve.
I'm sure other readers will indeed relate and should have helpful comments to offer. Is there an HR person or dept you can discuss this with ?
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