Ask Vicki: What should you do if you hate your job?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi explains how to turn your career around and get a job you love.
Each week, Monster’s career expert Vicki Salemi—a former recruiter who utilizes 15-plus years of experience in recruiting and human resources to empower job seekers—answers user questions on Quora. We’ll be republishing the answers here. If you have a question for Vicki, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What should you do if you hate your job?
A. If you hate your job, the solution is simple: Look for a new job!
Life is too short to be unhappy, underpaid, underutilized, under-impressed. Whether it’s the job, your toxic boss, the culture, or the commute, when any of these create a pit-in-the-stomach feeling on Sunday night, you owe it to yourself to find a better job. It’s out there!
As you search for a new job, be sure to avoid bashing your current job. Focus on the highlights and the aspects you can sell during an interview, such as a new skill set, leadership role, or responsibilities you wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to gain. Remain positive even though you’re still working daily in a job you loathe.
And as you search for new jobs and start interviewing, keep your eyes open for aspects that may be red flags. You don’t want to overlook certain things just because you’re so eager to leave your current job only to find yourself miserable in the next one.
If one of the main reasons why you hate your job is because you have a boss who doesn’t appreciate or recognize your work, then focus on this area of your job search. When you meet prospective bosses, really ask yourself if you could be happy and productive working for them.
Even the aspect of revising your resume and reaching out to your network for informational interviews will put a spring in your step and make your current position much more bearable. Envisioning the exit sign, drafting your resignation letter, and propelling yourself into action mode on a regular basis will put you in full-on job-search mode toward a better, brighter tomorrow.