What to Do When you DON’T Love Your Work, Part 2

This is part 2 of 3 in this series, “What to Do When you DON’T Love Your Work” and these are my next tips for what to do when you don’t love your job. 

#2 Believe that possibilities are open to you

Telling yourself that you’re stuck where you are only further emphasizes that you’re stuck where you are. So if you’ve been telling yourself that you “can’t find another job” that will pay as well as this one, or there’s “golden handcuffs” in the form of benefits that you feel you can’t turn down, shift into believing in possibilities instead. 

There are thousands of jobs available to you. 

Loosening up your thinking will loosen up the possibilities you encounter. (We’ve all had the experience where we dust off our resume and then meet a head-hunter the next day at a holiday party.)

Also, remember that your next job doesn’t need to be your forever job, either. A bridge job – a position that’s a stepping stone to where you’d love to be long-term – is always a great option. 

#3 You’re not alone.

A recent study by LinkedIn estimated that most people will change jobs at least 15 times over the course of their careers. FIFTEEN TIMES.

And approximately 6 in 10 Americans report that they plan to start looking for a new job in the next six months. 

So stop playing the shame game (“I picked the wrong career! I’m a loser!”) and instead, gaze around the offices next to you and wonder which 5 other people are planning to leave.

#4 Clarify what you want and need.

Spend some time reflecting on your career so far. Which tasks have you loved? Which have you hated? If you could cherry-pick your favorite tasks, managers, and co-workers from your last three jobs, what would your ideal job description, boss and work environment look like?

Then look at your current job. If you could do more of your favorite type of work and less of your least-favorite, what would that feel like? What if you could work from home one day a week? What if you traded a little bit of salary for a lot more vacation days, or transferred to a team with a manager whose working style is more in line with yours?

Once you’ve clarified what you want and need, go to your boss and propose some solutions. You might be surprised at what you can negotiate if you simply ask.

See you in the 3rd and last portion of this series soon!

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