Sometimes there’s just no way to sugarcoat the fact that you hate your job. You spend each week dreading the time that Monday comes back around and you have to get back to the grind and each morning feels like a chore.
Your career is a huge part of your life, so when you’re not enjoying your job, it can have a negative impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. After all, most people spend the majority of their life at work so it can be hard to leave these negative feelings behind at the end of the day.
Handing in your notice and packing up your desk isn’t always the best way to do things so if you’re trying to be proactive about finding a new gig, it often means that you need to stick with your current position for a little while. Here’s how to deal with it a little better.
Change your perspective
The last thing you probably want to hear from anyone right now is the phrase “stay positive”. However, allowing yourself to be weighed down by frustrations with your current position won’t make the situation any more comfortable. Instead, try switching your perspective so that you see your job not as an 8-hour slog but as a way to improve your skills and approach new challenges.
Expand your network
One of the best ways to find a new job is to network with people in your chosen field. While you don’t want to shout from the rooftops that you’re seeking new employment, quietly letting a few people know that you’re available can get your name out there. Send prospective applications to employers, reach out to professionals on LinkedIn, and sign up for email alerts on popular job boards.
Speak to your employer
We’re not going to beat around the bush when we say it will be a tough conversation, but speaking to your employer about your current situation can be a way forward. Do you feel unsuitably compensated for the work you do? Is another employee not pulling his weight? It is your employer’s job to encourage and support you, but it’s up to you to speak up and express your concerns. If you’re a talented member of the team, then your employer should go the extra mile to keep you around, but if that’s not something they’re prepared to do, then it’s definitely time to think about moving on. You won’t know until you have this conversation.
Try harder at your current job
Just because you’re unhappy at work doesn’t mean you can put in minimal effort. It can be easy to fall victim to this when you’re doing something you hate, but this will only add fuel to the fire. Turning in high-quality work can also prove to your employer that you’re a valued member of the team so when you do approach them with your concerns they can’t accuse you of a lack of productivity.
You might feel as though you’re almost at the breaking point when it comes to your career, but hopefully, our advice has shown how you can make things a little more tolerable until you find something new.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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