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No one should endure a job that they despise. A bad job can create a negative ripple effect that can shake the core of your well being and that of your family. Don’t discredit your emotions, forty hours of misery will have consequences. Climbing the ladder and success might tempt you, but not all jobs are worth the torture and it’s ok to walk away! Change is hard and we feel obligated to the job and coworkers, but sometimes you have to put yourself first.
You’ve made an investment in yourself and the company. When you consider walking away from a job, complete all the necessary steps to take advantage of the situation you are in and set yourself up for the future. Here’s what to do when you absolutely hate what you’re doing.
Brush Up on Your Skills
I know it’s hard when you hate your job, but try to think about anything other than your job. Adding more to your plate at this time might seem like the opposite of what you want to do, but it sets you up for the future. It could take 3 months to find another job wouldn’t it be great to add a credential to your name while you wait?
Check to see if your company offer any discounts for advancing your education? If the deal is sweet enough, consider sticking out a crappy job (for instance the company is paying for your Master’s degree). Companies are known to pay for degree advancement or even certification. You can take that degree anywhere once it’s completed in most cases.
Turn to your Human Resources homepage and see what kind of educational/ career growth opportunities you can take advantage of. You can add a certificate to your credentials cost free, in the time it would take you to find a new job, you might take an extra bump in pay and get a better position that suits you better. If you decide to leave, you’ll have your new set of credentials in your back pocket as you walk out the door. Look to your company for seminars on public speaking, resume writing, health and wellness as well as investing. Take advantage of what you can while you’re there.
Get a Recommendation
Before you are at your wit’s end try to gather recommendations so you can shine in the future. Maybe you have great coworkers, but you just can’t get a raise or maybe you’ve peaked at your company? Before you leave, you need a recommendation in hand. If you aren’t in the place to ask your manager for one, your coworkers and other department managers are excellent sources of praise. The great thing about a coworker’s recommendation is that they are familiar with the job you are doing. Be honest with your coworker, let your coworker know that you want to go into management for instance, hopefully they will highlight your ability to lead in your current role. Always be gracious and never talk bad about the company when you are asking for a recommendation. Your coworkers are staying behind and may not have the same perception.
Don’t forget to be nice! When you are unhappy at work, it’s so tempting to spout off, but keep quiet. The last thing that you want to do is create drama. It’s healthy to talk about job concerns with your coworkers, but don’t say anything that could put your head on the chopping block. Situations change, don’t say anything that could be held against you later. Who knows…maybe you will be promoted to manager at some point. Stay professional at all times and you will never have anything to regret.
Update Your Linkedin
Linkedin is the social media network for professionals. Make sure that your linkedin profile is up to date. Your job description abilities tend to get better when you are sick of your job. Suddenly your language becomes more vivid and passionate. Do yourself a favor and rewrite your job description on your social profiles. Don’t publish anything if you are overly riled, you don’t want to appear cocky or condescending in your own job description. Have you volunteered? Think outside the box when you are adding to your list of your skills.
Plan Your Exit
Check a calendar before you make an exit. Are your benefits paid out at the beginning of the month? Is your commission paid out on the 15th? Huge bonuses paid out on a certain month? If you quit today are you losing out on a chunk of potential money? Make sure that you line yourself up so that you gain everything that is owed to you. Working one day into a new month often times means insurance coverage is extended to the end of the month. These things are incredibly important to keep in mind.
Have a Heartfelt Conversation with your Manager Before you Walk Out the Door
I hope you have an amazing manager that takes your work ethic to heart, is rooting for you along the way and is aware of the efforts you have put forth to advance your career. If that’s not your experience and you are at your wit’s end, ready to scream that you NEED a raise…. please…calm down before you talk to anyone with authority. You might shoot yourself in the foot in a fit of passion and dismay. You should write down what you want to say before you go in and make sure you have thought about it for at least a few days beforehand. Remember no matter how emotional you may get, you still need to put in your 2 weeks notice. Keep that in mind! You still will have to see that person for another 2 weeks in the best case scenario.
This situation might mark a point of no return in the relationship with your employer. That’s ok, but own it and remember that management wants you to be constructive. The door will always get slammed in your face if you have complaints without suggestions. Your job is your power and your leverage, but you can’t talk to someone who isn’t listening. If you don’t get the reaction you hoped for, that’s a good indication that you need to start taking the steps to move on.
Start Saving Your Money Now Incase You Need to Leave a Bad Situation
My savings are my emergency ‘quit’ fund. Knowing you have the ability to walk away from something can make you feel powerful. Extra savings will always give you that confidence. I try to spend modestly, always bring my lunch and brew my own bring along coffee. You can also take steps to start saving through companies like Ebates (get $10 dollars just for using my link) or Swagbucks (get $5 dollars just for using my link)to save on everyday purchases. There are tons of ways you can save money on everyday items. Check out my post 100 Ways to Keep the Jingle in Your Pocket for actionable suggestions to save even more! Savings is an incredible power to wield.
Start a Craft/Hobby or Blog
Ecommerce sites available for you to advertise your handcrafted wares, or through blogging, you can build up to full-time employment. Being self-employed, in my opinion, is one of the most fulfilling rewards that anyone can do for themselves and their family. Especially when it’s a work from home opportunity. Blogging has opened my eyes to my potential and it has changed my life. Those options are available to you too.
If you are looking for a way to change your life and take your financial future into your own hands, starting a blog is the best way to grab that freedom. Run your own advertisements, sign up for affiliate networks and start pulling in money doing what you love. Use my helpful guide to get set up with WordPress and Bluehost Start Your Own Blog with Bluehost.
Always have a pole in the water
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