Most people — 80% according to Deloitte’s Shift Index survey — are dissatisfied with their jobs.
A few muster up the courage to change careers, others opt to withstand their circumstances.
If you hate your job, below are a few options to handle the situation without losing your source of income.
1. Do some soul-searching and figure out why the job is not working. Are you in the right field? Does your attitude need adjusting? Are your expectations of the job reasonable? What are the pros and cons of leaving?
When you are aware that a bright future awaits in the horizon, rather than a brick wall, you anticipate good things. If you believe in the law of attraction, your thoughts become things. Pray for change.
2. Stop ignoring your feelings. Often times we don’t feel worthy of more. We discover ways of convincing ourselves the job is not so we stay put. Ignoring the inevitable and lying to you is not the solution. Make no mistake that change is scary, however; if you’ve exhausted all the possibilities of making things work it’s time to move on.
3. Start looking for a job. Do not allow days and weeks to pass before you put a plan into action. If you plan to stay in the same field, polish your resume; update your social media profiles and starting submitting to jobs. If your job search and interview skills are rusty, consider hiring a career coach, ask a friend in human resources for advice, or check out websites for tips.
Look in the newspaper, LinkedIn, and career websites for job openings. Also ask your friends, family, and colleagues if they know anyone hiring in your field. Set a weekly goal to apply for a set number of positions. Track your progress writing your job search goals in a journal. Consistently work towards meeting your mark. Shout it to the world with a discretion that you are looking for a job.
Expect a three to a six-month time period to find work. Ask friends and family if they know anyone hiring in your field.
4. Stay focused. Do not allow a “good day” at work to derail your plan. I call this a false sense of security. Don’t dwell on your hardship, but do not lose track of your goal to move into a better place.
You spent most of your adult life working and working a job you hate is depressing. If you concur, then it makes sense to make the necessary changes.