Monday is almost here, your stomach is already in a knot, you are already complaining of work and how much you hate Mondays and detest your colleagues and boss. It is very obvious you hate your work and it seems like you can not do anything about it. First of all, I’m sorry. Your career is a huge part of your life, and when it doesn’t leave you feeling fulfilled and satisfied, it can have a pretty big negative impact on your overall outlook and attitude. It’s hard to leave that frustration at your desk when the clock strikes five every evening.
Well we are here with good news, we are here with THINGS TO DO IF YOU HATE YOUR CURRENT JOB
- Assess Your Situation: It seems obvious, doesn’t it? But, it’s a step that’s often overlooked. We all have the tendency to get so wrapped up in how miserable we are, that we neglect to determine what exactly is causing that unhappiness. So, it’s time to ask yourself some hard questions about your current situation. Is it your position that you hate, or is it your employer? Is there one key piece of your position that puts a sour taste in your mouth? Have you always disliked your job?I know, this self-analysis likely isn’t the super actionable first step you were hoping for. But, these important questions will lay the groundwork for you to attack the next steps with a clear head and a narrow focus.
- Don’t Just Quit: Don’t just quit your job. You don’t want to resign in haste and repent at leisure, if you can’t find another job fast. Begin by considering options for making the job work. Are you sure you really need to quit or could you just be going through a tough time? Is there anything you could be doing differently to be happier at work? Could you ask for a transfer or a shift change? Is there anything that would make a difference and convince you to stay? Perhaps there’s a way to turn things around so you at least like, if not love, your job. Consider the alternatives, before you make a decision to leave. Finding a new job isn’t always easy, if there’s a fix, it’s worth pursuing.
- Forge bonds with your co-workers: You don’t like what you do. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t like who you do it with. When we’re miserable at work, that quickly colors our perception of our colleagues. But, chances are, you have at least a few awesome team members who could make your days spent in the office at least a little bit brighter. Ask someone to grab a quick lunch. Or, organize an after-work happy hour for your department. You’ll forge some office friendships while also expanding your professional network — which is helpful if and when you do decide to job hunt again.
- Switch Your Perspective: “Stay positive!” is another cliché piece of career advice you hear time and time again when you hate your current position. However, we really do believe that a quick shift in your perspective could make a world of difference for you. When you loathe what you do, it’s all too easy to just feel like you’re biding time you’re just putting in your hours until you can finally escape from that hellhole. However, that sour, negative attitude isn’t going to make your life any easier. On the contrary, actually. It’ll make things much worse.So, instead of looking at each workday as another time slot when you need to pay your dues and slop your way through, approach it as a chance to continue refining your skills and conquer new challenges. After all, what’s more challenging than making it through eight hours at a job you hate? Not much.
- Start a side hustle or passion project.Here’s the brutal truth that not too many people tell you: Not everybody finds a job that sets their heart on fire. Sometimes you need to settle for something that pays the bills.But, even if that’s the case, that doesn’t mean you’re destined for a totally unfulfilling professional life.
If you’re feeling stuck in your current situation, consider starting up a side hustle or a passion project that you can throw yourself into outside of working hours. Remember, your nine-to-five job doesn’t need to be the only professional experience capable of fulfilling you.
- Keep your lips zipped.Chances are, you’re going to need to start your search for a new gig particularly if you want to have something lined up by the time you put in your two weeks notice. That’s understandable. But, when you do start job searching, make sure to do so discreetly. Don’t gossip to your co-workers about the interview you have lined up that afternoon. And definitely don’t make any backhanded comments like, “I can’t wait to get out of here,” while you’re gathered around the break room coffee pot.
Nobody can blame you for looking for a new opportunity. However, you need to do so with a certain level of respect and professionalism.
- Make notes of your most impressive accomplishments.Preparing to tackle a new job search means you’re going to get to take on the always-exciting task of polishing up your resume. Chances are, by the time you get around to that, you aren’t going to remember the most important accomplishments from the role you’re in now. After some time has passed, you aren’t going to easily recall the percentage by which you grew the company’s newsletter list or the number of attendees who came to that luncheon you coordinated. Those are all important metrics for quantifying your resume and you’re going to want them. Find a way to take note of them now (when you still have access to them!) so that you have those statistics when you need them
- Begin to map out a transition plan.There are those things you know you’ll need to take care of for yourself in order to transition out of your existing job and into a new one everything from re-doing your resume to maybe even saving some money. However, the best employees also map out transition plans for their employers. Having someone leave a job can really throw a wrench into things for companies. And if you’re eager to avoid burning bridges, think of some ways that you could make your departure a little easier. Whether that involves creating a manual of sorts for the new hire or even offering to assist with some training, figuring out even small things you can do to ease the burden will go a long way in helping you leave that job without torching your reputation.
- Resign With ClassResign gracefully, giving two weeks notice. Offer to provide assistance during the transition and leave, as best you can, the company behind with no hard feelings. Besides not being worth what it might cost you from a career perspective, it’s also not worth the time and energy. You’ll be better focused on your new job and how you can have a better experience, this time around.