The Ultimate Guide to Dealing with a Job You Hate

The Ultimate Guide to Dealing with a Job You Hate


Working at a job you hate is exhausting. Usually you’re doing things you don’t like, aren’t good at, or both.

My current position is technically a job I hate. I want out of this job as soon as I can, so I’m taking the steps to do so and things look promising.

Once you realize you’re in a job you hate you have to take some immediate steps to get yourself out of that position and into one you actually like. Depending on how the job market is doing, it might be easier or harder to find a new job. Right now, it’s kind of hard to find a job because a lot of businesses were closed due to the pandemic.

However, companies having to create COVID related teams and taskforces for things that the pandemic have caused in whatever sector they’re in is causing more jobs so it’s balancing out, sort of.

So when you’re in a job you hate you have a few steps you have to take to get yourself out of that position.

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The Guide to Dealing with a Job You Hate

So, you’ve realized you’re in a job you hate.

That sucks.

I know, I’ve been there. Whether it’s because the responsibilities you have aren’t something you want to do, you’re being underpaid, or both, staying in a job you hate can really drain you.

It’s exhausting.

So what do you do when you realize you’re in this position?


Spruce Up Your Resume

The first thing you have to do is spruce up your resume.

You’re never going to find a new job if your resume is out of date. Take a peak at some of my resume related posts if you need tips or advice on what to do with your resume.

Not much has changed in my opinion on resumes, so these posts are still relevant.

The best thing you can do is make sure your resume is up to date, full of all the most important information that a hiring manager would want to know about you, and formatted professionally so it’s easy to read, functional, and skimmable.



Start Looking for Jobs

Once you have your resume spruced up, you need to start looking for your new job. This is going to take a while.

My favorite places to look for jobs is LinkedIn and Indeed.

Indeed is a place that collects job postings from other sites as well as allowing job seekers to post jobs directly to the site itself. LinkedIn is a  more professional working site that is meant for networking and job seeking, so you’re more likely to run into legitimate jobs instead of scams like on other sites.

I stay away from places like Monster and Career Builder until I’ve become desperate. Especially if you’re lower skilled, don’t have a lot of experience, or both. It seems like scam and fake job postings are a commonality on every site but I’ve definitely gotten more emails from them about fake postings that I applied to.

However, if you are a mid to senior level employee, you have an easier time finding jobs you might fit because the potential for scam jobs is a lot lower.

Related: Why You Should Use Recruiting During Your Next Job Search


Network and Recruiting

Speaking of LinkedIn, start networking or reaching out to your network of colleagues to see if anyone knows of an open job that might fit your skill.

You never know where your next job is going to come from!

I also recommend recruiting agencies. Most likely, you’re going to apply to a few jobs that recruiting agencies posted on the site anyway, but they are incredibly beneficial… but only when they have jobs open that fit your skillset. So, it’s kind of hit or miss.

Right now I’ve spoken with at least 4 different agencies about submitting my resume but only 1 had a job open and ready for submissions at the time. Some places like to put out jobs to collect resumes so they can fill their database, but this isn’t every recruiting company. Looking for smaller companies you have a better chance of talking to a human who cares and will help you along the way.

Connecting with your recruiter on LinkedIn is also beneficial because you never know when they might post a position you like but may not completely fit, but want to give a try anyway.



Find Ways to Manage Stress

While you’re doing all of this, you’re going to need to learn how to manage the stress of the job you hate.

It’s going to drain you, exhaust you, and may even make you depressed. So make sure you have your mental health in check!

If you start to realize it’s causing more harm than good, consider talking to a therapist to help you out.

There were months where all I did was wake up, move to my desk, work, then crawl back into bed afterwards to just snuggle up and watch YouTube since I had no desire to do anything else.

Working a job you hate is no joke, and isn’t something to take lightly. You spend most of your day working in the first place, so why not do something you at least don’t mind doing?

For me, coffee has been a big help. I know it’s not something that helps manage stress, but it’s helped with my depression. It’s given me the energy to get up, do my job, and not wear myself out.

Meditation, breathing exercises, and working out are ways you can relieve stress. Whatever it is you do to relieve your stress, do it.

Related: How Does Stress Affect Your Mental Health? + Question Workbook


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