In a previous blog post, we explored the “Top Reasons Why People Hate Their Jobs.” However, it’s not enough to just know why people hate their jobs. After all, if they do, then they probably want to do something about their situation.
Of course, one of the things they can do is try to make their current employment situation better. But if one of the reasons they hate their job is their boss, then going to their boss to try to make the situation better is probably not going to work.
No, when people reach the hate stage of their employment tenure, it’s probably past the point of saving. But what can you do? And how should you do it?
Below are the proper steps to take if you hate your job:
#1—Don’t quit immediately.
For some people, people’s knee-jerk reaction is just to quit because they want to be away from the situation as quickly as possible. That is not a strategic move. In short, it’s a mistake. First of all, there are financial considerations, especially if you don’t have much money saved. Don’t get carried away in the “heat of the moment.” Instead, take a moment to assess the situation as objectively as you can.
#2—Be careful in whom you confide.
This applies to everything regarding this situation. Be careful who you talk to about the fact you hate your job. And let’s say that you come across a new employment opportunity, you interview for that opportunity, and you feel good about it. No matter how good you feel, telling other people at your current employer what’s you’re doing and what’s happening is a bad idea. There’s a reason that the saying “Loose lips sink ships” is a saying. That “ship” is your career. Keep your lips sealed.
#3—Prepare for your job search.
It’s one thing to make the decision to search for a new job. It’s another thing to actually be prepared to search for a new job. That’s because there are things that you must do, like making sure that both your resume and your LinkedIn profile are up to date. (Yes, both of them. And they should contain the same information, with no discrepancies.) Also line up the appropriate references and decide how you’ll approach your search.
#4—Start your job search.
Obviously, if you’re still employed, you want to conduct a confidential job search. This means doing so in a way that nobody at your current employer will find out. We’ve addressed this topic before with the blog post “Why and How to Conduct a Passive Job Search.” Keep in mind that recruiters have extensive experience helping professionals conduct confidential job searches. That’s one of the benefits of working with a recruiter.
#5—Resign the right way.
Let’s assume that you do find another employment opportunity. (That’s because we believe in the power of positive thinking!) That means you’re going to resign from your current job. Since that’s the case, do it the right way. Give two weeks’ notice. Help to train whoever is going to replace you or take over your responsibilities until the company finds your permanent replacement. There’s no reason to let everybody know how much you hated the job. The fact that you’re leaving to go somewhere else should be enough.
If you’re not happy with your current employment situation, The Doepker Group can help!