I hate my job, I need a new job. Sound familiar? It’s pretty common to dislike aspects of your work, but to hate your job is not a good thing. It makes going into the office every morning that much more difficult and helps you to lose focus and motivation throughout the working day.
If you’ve been feeling this way about your job recently, then you need to think carefully about your next move. Don’t let your emotions get the better of you by going on a rant about how much you hate it. Take the time to find a good solution so you can go from ‘I hate my job’ to ‘I love my job’.
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Avoid Telling Everyone You Hate Your Job
Everyone has bad days at work, but you want to avoid shouting ‘I hate my job’ from the rooftops. Try and keep these thoughts to yourself, or maybe confide in friends and family, just don’t go around telling everyone at work or go posting about it on social media sites.
Just doing a quick search on hating your job on Twitter produces endless results, these people should really know better! Do not go around saying ‘I hate my job’ on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media platforms, it can get you into unnecessary trouble.
You never know who might come across your online rants, particularly if you have your boss or co-workers on your friend list. Most employment contracts these days will have a mention of social media with regards to privacy and defamation, so you need to be careful. The last thing you want is to lose your job before you have secured a new one.
Do You Mean It When You Say ‘I Need A New Job’?
We’ve all been there, you come home at the end of a long day at work and you find yourself saying ‘I need a new job’. While there tend to be aspects of a job you won’t be particularly happy with, such as the long hours, your relationship with your boss, your schedule or salary, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a new job is the answer.
However, if you’ve been feeling this way for months, then it might be time to take action. That doesn’t always mean looking for something else, but it’s probably time to try and change your current circumstance.
Make Changes To Your Role
If there’s a certain part of your job you’re not very happy with, then you should try to see if there’s anything you can do to improve your situation. If you don’t like your shift pattern, it’s worth asking if there’s anything that can be done to change this. If you find yourself getting bored with your job and want a new challenge, have a look for promotional opportunities or different roles within the company.
Rather than just quitting, it’s worth trying to find a way to make your current job work for you. It’s not always clear to employees what their options are within a company, so try and find out. If someone else has been through the process before, then it’s always worth trying to find out if you can do the same.
Start The Job Search
If you still think it’s time to get a new job, then the next step is to start the job hunt. While the thought of staying in a job you hate for even a second longer may seem miserable to you, avoid the temptation to quit at all costs. It can be much more difficult to find a new job if you don’t have a good reason for leaving your last job.
Take the time to update your CV and LinkedIn profile and get yourself ready for the job search. Once you start looking, try and be discreet about it – you don’t want everyone to know you’re planning to leave. It can take time to find a job you’ll be happy with, so try not to rush it by taking the next available opportunity. You don’t want to find yourself in the same position you are in now a few months down the line.
Consider Working for Yourself
These days more and more people are starting to work for themselves. People are attracted to the idea of being their own boss, choosing their own hours and having more control over the work they undertake. While the idea of starting your own business may seem daunting, there are plenty of ways to get help along the way. The government provides excellent support, from developing your idea, to getting funding and offering a great deal of advice through useful resources.
You don’t need years of work experience to start your own business either. As a group of Newcastle students found, there is plenty of support available for young entrepreneurs. The youngsters managed to start their own business, Summer Takeover, with the help of the Enterprise placement. This placement allowed them to test their business idea with the support of a supervisor, as well as access to free office accommodation and business mentors. If you are a student, it is worth speaking to your university about similar opportunities. For those aged 18-30, you may be eligible for support from the Prince’s Trust.
Working for yourself may be the ideal alternative to looking for a new employer if you are unhappy with your current work situation. Whether you choose to make money online, start your own business or go freelance, there are lots of different ways to be self-employed. Some people just don’t like the idea of having a boss or working in a corporate setting, so this could be the ideal solution.
Make A Graceful Exit
Once you have secured a new job, it may be tempting to let everyone know your true feelings about the company, but try and keep these to yourself. Most companies will check references, so you want to avoid leaving on bad terms. This is especially the case if you plan on staying in the same industry, as word can easily get around.
Resign gracefully and try and work your full notice period. Do what you can to make the transition period go as smoothly as possible. Remember, you are still getting paid to do your job and you don’t want to ruin your good image just before you leave. Remain positive and start looking ahead to your new job and better opportunities.