How To Make The Best Out Of A Job You Don’t Like

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Having a job you don’t like can be one of the most frustrating things in your career. For whatsoever reason you just cannot leave your job yet, so now you have to find a way to cope. I know what I said “When I Quit My Job After a Month” or when I wrote, “Why You Should Never Settle For Just Any Job”. However, I have to admit that no matter how much you think you had it right, sometimes we just fail to make the right judgement about a certain job, position or company.

Unfortunately, we do have to bear the consequence of that poor decision. And yes, you could just pack up your stuff and leave (I have done that before), and the decision is yours to make. But if you just can’t afford to yet, here is a guide on how to survive and make the best out of a job you don’t like.

Analyse the Advantages and Disadvantages

Analysing both the advantages and disadvantages of your job will give you a better perspective on how to move forward. Even though you might not like your job, there should be some kind of benefit that you get from doing the job. Writing down the advantages enables you to identify those things.

Also, writing down the disadvantages will enable you to proactively make necessary changes. For example, if one of the disadvantages at work is the office gossips, you can choose not to engage in those conversations. Or if your work has become either stagnant or a routine, you might negotiate with your manager about mixing up your work or tasks.

Besides that, you can also list down advantages and disadvantages for when you choose to stay or leave.

When You Stay:

  • Gaining corporate work experience
  • The ability to work on your soft skills (Communication, Negotiation, Presentation)
  • Company or brand looks good on your CV
  • Salary helps you save towards your business or school

When You Leave:

  • Too many gaps in your CV
  • No work consistency (working at various places shorter than a year with no valid explanation)
  • Having financial instability
Separate Your Work From Your Personal Life

If your work is always leaving you frustrated, please do not bring your work home. Your work or job should not be consuming your whole life. Therefore, it is very important to seek a healthy balance, especially when you don’t like the job. The simplest things can make a huge difference. For example, if you weren’t able to complete a specific task, don’t try to work on this at home. Rather choose to have a fresh start and go to the office an hour earlier the next morning.

Also, when you’re on leave, learn to enjoy your days off. It can be very tempting to check your work emails just so that you can stay on top of things. However, if it’s not for any urgent reason, try to let it go.

Stay True To Who You Are

Whether you find yourself in a positive or negative environment, it’s very easy to get pulled into that which is being projected on you. For example, I have worked at places where managers would complain if they found employees laughing too much. The company culture was such that people associated a serious face or attitude with ‘working hard’. So if you were found laughing, you could not have been working hard.

In these situations, where as an employee you kind of feel restricted from basic things, it is most important to stay true to yourself. Frustration only kicks in when you start losing yourself due to your environment. So if you love to be bubbly and happy at work, even though your work is crappy, just be you.

Quit & Resign with class

Speaking of staying true to yourself. Everyone does have their limits and that which they are able to handle. Also, not every company or environment will work for you. If your job is making you miserable to the point that it’s affecting your health and personal life, it is probably time to resign.

Sometimes trying to make the best out of a situation is just not enough. And there might not necessarily be anything that you can do about it. In order to prevent yourself moving from one frustration to the other, if possible, I would advise looking for other opportunities before resigning. Do not just get up one day and quit. To the best of your ability, plan your next step strategically, and leave with class.

Sarah Johnson

Sarah is Founder and Editor of IAMICareer. She currently holds a BA of Commerce and has a strong background in Marketing. Sarah is passionate about seeing millennials thrive in career and the workplace and is dedicated to helping millennial women bridge the gap between university and the corporate world.