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6 reasons you won't find a new job any time soon

Jennifer Aniston in a scene from Twentieth Century Fox's "Office Space."
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Jennifer Aniston in a scene from Twentieth Century Fox's "Office Space."

How many people made the new year's resolution to find a new job? A lot. How many will actually do it? Very few. Here are the six most common reasons why.

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1) You think you "should" find new job, but you don't really "want" to

Nobody likes the pressure of feeling obligated to do something. You won't find a new job until you are internally motivated to do so. You may say you need a new job, but do you really believe it?

2) You see looking for a new job as a chore, and everybody hates doing chores

If the idea of looking for work feels tedious and overwhelming, you won't do it. You need to find a way to make job search exciting. It's the only way you can motivate yourself to do it on an on-going basis.

3) You think applying to jobs online is a great way to find work

Only 3% of all job applicants ever get called for an interview. The majority of the time and energy you spend applying to jobs online is a waste. No wonder it feels like a chore.

4) You don't want to start looking until your resume and LinkedIn profile are "perfect"

This is just an excuse so you don't have to put yourself out there and get rejected. Nobody likes rejection, but nobody gets hired because of their resume or LinkedIn profile was perfect either. There's no such thing as perfect.

5) You don't know what a "good" job and a "great" employer look like

If you don't know how to conduct a proactive job search where you target the right employers with the right jobs, your chances of finding career happiness are greatly reduced. You've got about as much chance as finding a needle in a haystack. Do you really want to leave your career to luck?

6) You're waiting for your life to slow down and work to get less stressful

Things will never get better. You are unhappy for a reason. Things won't change until you change them. Waiting for life and work to improve is an excuse.

I'm here to tell you getting out of your career rut means getting excited about finding your next opportunity. If you can't seem to make that happen for yourself, get some help. There's no Career Fairy Godmother coming. Every day you put off your job search is another day wasted. Why not make "one day" today?

J.T. O'Donnell is a HR and career expert with 18+ years experience. She is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, a site dedicated to helping people solve their own career problems. Sign-up for one of her free webinars today (click here) to learn more about getting out of your career rut.

This piece originally appeared on LinekdIn.