What do you do when the daily grind grinds you more than usual? When what you thought was the job of your dreams turns into the job of your nightmares? Instead of looking through the sports section, you find yourself spending more time in the classifieds. You hate your position. Unfortunately, living in your parents’ basement is not a pleasant option, so you need to figure out how to deal with the job you don’t like.
Stay True to the End
The most important thing to remember is that your next job depends a great deal on how you leave your current position. The first reference your next employer will check with is where you work right now, so it is imperative to continue to plug away despite your feelings about this job you don’t like. Don’t use your dislike as an excuse to show up late to work or give a sub-par performance.
Network to the Next Step
The next way to deal with the job you don’t like is to network. The best contacts you have for your next job are somehow linked to your current position. Treat every interaction with customers or clients as an audition for your next job. Your clients and customers might have the ability to reward your positive attitude with a better offer. People who are already doing a job well are often more in demand than those who are on the outside looking in.
Keep a Positive Outlook
Another way to deal with the job you don’t like is to try to avoid the unpleasantries. This may prove challenging if you don’t like your job because of a co-worker you have to work with closely or constantly, or if you really don’t like the nature of your job. In cases like these, try to focus on the things you actually enjoy about your position. You can’t change the job itself or the person that is annoying you, so look for things that give you pleasure or allow you to feel accomplishment.
As much as you may hate your current position (and have that deep-down urge to tell someone off or stop giving your best effort), it really is best to stick it out until you land a better position. Find ways to cope and keep searching for the real dream job. By sticking it out, you are more likely to find the success you need!
It’s important to always set goals, whether big or small. When you complete a project, ask yourself, “Is this the best that I can do?” and if not, get back at it. Another strategy to successfully accomplish your goals is to underpromise and overdeliver, especially if you can deliver the final result early. You’ll be able to gain a sense of accomplishment while also attracting positivity from your colleagues and leadership in the company.
Communicate with your Supervisor or Boss
If you’re not happy with your position, this affects everyone. And believe it or not, your boss and coworkers do not want you to be unhappy. Dissatisfaction can quickly seep into the overall company culture, and this will definitely have a negative impact on everyone involved. Whether you feel your boss is trying to make your life miserable or not, take an honest look at what you can be responsible for and bring up these concerns with professionalism with your supervisor. This conversation could turn your relationship and your job around, so you have nothing to lose!