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You hate your job, now what?

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When you’re stuck in a job you hate and wake up every morning dreading going into work, it’s time to make a change.

Nobody likes a hater. But if you’re hating on your job with no real plan, nothing is ever going to change.

Firstly, work out what makes you miserable. List everything you hate about your current job. Is it the company you don’t like, the industry, or just your specific role?

Whatever you put on that list, keep your feelings to yourself. You’ll probably need a reference from your manager, and they’re not going to give you a decent one if you’re the dark cloud in the office complaining about everything.

Like your job, but not the company? Don’t feel bad about it – just recognise that it isn’t the place for you. Do your research, find companies you think will be a better culture fit for you, and then start sending out CVs.

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Keep it on the DL – you don’t want your boss or colleagues to know that you’re planning to leave until you’ve signed your new appointment letter. And be realistic – this probably isn’t going to happen immediately. It takes time to find the right job with the right company. Be patient and don’t settle for less just to get away from where you are now.

Hate your job and your industry? This one’s a bit more tricky. 'Follow your passion' is not practical advice for most of us. Instead, consider your skills and your strengths and then think about how you could use them differently.

How about speaking to a career coach who could help you reframe how you think about work? Would an online course add skills to make you more employable in a different industry? What about an internship to gain new experience? Think about where you want to be and draw up a game plan to get you there.  

There’s no quick fix, but a better job is out there – you just have to know what you're looking for.

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