So, you hate your job. What are you going to do about it?
What should you do when you really hate your job? Should you hold on to it even though you despise every minute of it or should you take the easy way out and call it quits? It can really be a difficult call, especially given today's tough economy.
However, wallowing in misery and discontent won't do you any good. It won't solve your problems or make you feel any better. So, rather than clinging to that negative feeling, here are some things that you can do to, hopefully, change things for the better.
Assess the situation. Do you know the main reason(s) why you are not happy with your job? Does it have something to do with the way your boss treats you? Do you like the tasks and projects that are being given to you? Are you dissatisfied with your work environment and the company culture surrounding it?
To help you decide on what you should do next, make a list of all the pros and cons of your current job and determine if there are ways to rectify the current situation. After doing all these and you still think that the only way to make things better is to leave your job, then make sure you have secured a new one before handing in your resignation letter.
Take a more in-depth look at yourself. Is it possible that you hate your job because you are unhappy with your life? If this is the case, changing jobs will not solve the problem. In fact, the same thing will happen all over again wherever you go.
Set your goals. Where do you see yourself five years from now? Will your current job help you get where you want to go? If not, what can you do to pave the way toward achieving your career goals? By setting your goals, you can definitely put things in a better perspective.
Give it your best shot. Just because you are unhappy with your job doesn't mean that you have the right to slack off, jeopardize your work and burn bridges. On the contrary, you need to give it your best. You need to perform exceedingly well at your job and maintain good relationships with the people you work with. After all, you'll need all the help you can get in snagging a better job. And what is the best way to do it than to get stellar recommendations from your current supervisor and co-workers?
Explore hidden opportunities. Seek ways to improve your skills. Participate in training programs offered by your organization and/or volunteer to work on projects and initiatives that can help you further your career plans. Do everything you can to revamp your job. This will definitely make your stay a lot more enjoyable and beneficial.
Now, instead of perpetually ranting and raving about how you desperately hate your job, you can follow these suggestions instead to start living a happier and more contented life.