What Should You Do If Your Job S-cks?

507960864If you’ve been in the workforce for at least a few years, it’s likely at least once you’ve hit the wall where you’re your job really s-cks. What do you do?

Do you quit? Maybe…but not so fast.

You need to determine objectively why the job s-cks? Here are things to consider in trying to make things right:

1. What have you done to contribute to your job being awful? That’s right, do a little self-examination. Maybe your attitude and approach need to change. If every job you’ve ever had s-cked, then maybe its you.

2. Is your company generally a good employer, but your current position not a good one. Maybe your role can change?

3. Is your immediate boss the source of your unhappiness? If so are you really trying to connect with this person? Try hard to like something about them. It’s amazing that people who you like, then like you (and vice versa).

4. If your relationship with your current boss is almost beyond repair, is there any chance that via rotation your boss might change in the next few months?

5. Is your company growing and therefore new opportunities may present themselves if you just tough it out?

On the other hand….

1. Is your company in decline? If so, bolt as soon as you can land elsewhere. No percentage in sticking around waiting for your pink slip. The turk will be coming for you shortly and asking for your playbook.

2. Are you being abused verbally and/or sexually? Document every interaction. Take a page from Director Comey and take copious immediate notes. This is a lot heavier than this post allows.

3. Are you in a dead end job, with no possible advancement?

In the end, if you resolve that your job s-cks so much that you need to leave, then do a few things:

1. Do not quit in haste. Do a job search and find a job. It’s always, always better to find another position while you are employed.

2. Do not trash your current employer in an interview. Even if the interviewer says, “I hear (your current employer) is a tough place to work”, don’t take the bait, take the high road.

3. Do not chat up that you are intending to leave with your co-workers at your current employer. They may be your friends (or so you think), but people can often do stupid or nasty things.

4. Upgrade to a premium LinkedIn account and allow exposure to recruiters. You’ll be amazed at the outreach you might find. Be sure your profile is strong (and truthful)

5. Leave gracefully when you depart. Try not to burn bridges. They can come back to bite you down the line.

I respect longevity and respect people who work through issues in their current job. If you can do so, and the company is a good one, try to make it work. But once you’ve decided to go, keep your head down and do your job while launching an aggressive search. But don’t just jump at the first opportunity if it’s not right or you’ll be back in a search again shortly.

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  1. Kevin Kane says:

    Great post, as usual, Lonny. Lots of good ideas and reminders. I especially liked the “turk / turn in your playbook reference. Very timely with the start of NFL training camps on the near horizon. Keep up the terrific work.

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