I hate my job, now what?

I hate my job

Those words are harsh, but true.
Let’s rewind a bit here. I didn’t always hate my job. Au contraire. I started as a bright eyed and bushy tailed girl. New to the office world, ready to take on this position head on. After all, my mom always told me I could do anything I put my mind to. ;)

Ready, Set - Go!

This job was amazing. A small company that allowed me to push myself to learn anything I desired (that fit within the needs of the job.) I was a jack-of-all-trades. Wearing many hats, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I strived in putting out and preventing fires. Throwing on my cape and being a superhero. However, then all of the sudden I reached a cap. I couldn’t actually take on any more work, or learn anything new. I was at capacity.

With the company being small, there wasn’t any room for advancement. I had created all the opportunities for myself that I could. I couldn’t leave though. They had allowed me the room to grow, they had nurtured that growth and given me every opportunity.

When You’re Unhappy, No One’s Happy

Sometimes you need to ask yourself a question as if your best friend is asking it.
“Should I stay at Company X? I’m unhappy, but they’ve given me so much.”
Yeah, we all know the answer. When you’re unhappy, neither you nor your work are going to benefit. The fact that you’re not happy, doesn’t mean you’re not grateful for your time there.

There are certainly some questions you need to answer. Like, WHAT is making you unhappy? For me, it was the lack of opportunity. No way to grow any more.
There are a few things that might be your answer:

  • Underpaid
  • Undervalued
  • Lack of Company Culture
  • No Advancement Opportunities
  • You’ve Outgrown the Job
  • The Work No Longer Interests You

Whatever the answer is, your next step is to find its solution.

Now What?

For me, the solution was to find a new opportunity. This meant a new résumé, a fresh LinkedIN Profile, and most of all - deciding WHAT I wanted.

Don’t go looking and applying willy nilly. What do you want? Get as specific as possible.

  • What industry?
  • What positions are you open to?
  • What size of company?
  • What does the culture look like?
  • How much do they need to pay?
  • How long should they have been in business?
  • How many employees in the office you work in?
  • What is the turnaround rate there?
  • What are the advancement opportunities like there?

There are many factors to a job. Not just if they have benefits and pay well. Get out a pen and paper (or tablet/computer...etc) and write these out. Order them in level of importance to you.

Not only will this save you time, it will help you find the best fit for what will hopefully be a long time to come.