I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job.

Ever find yourself constantly thinking about how much you hate your job? We’ve all been there. While this feeling isn’t limited to age, it often seems especially daunting for college students and young professionals trying to find their place in the world.

Here’s the good news: we can help. We’ve compiled a list of five things you can do to help you stop saying the phrase “I hate my job” on a daily basis and feel hopeful for your future career. So, let’s get started.

Step 1. Know that you’re not alone

Things often feel much more difficult if you think you’re alone, so, even though this step may not feel like a very important one, knowing you’re not the only person who feels this way about their job is helpful.

A poll conducted by Gallup in 2017 found that around 70% of Americans are not engaged in their job—SEVENTY PERCENT. That’s a lot! While this does not explicitly mean that all 70% of these individuals hate their jobs, it does show they dislike them enough to not be engaged, which can be just as bad.

While I believe these numbers say something deeper about our society, I’ll save that rant for another blog post. Instead, I want you to focus on the camaraderie you have with so many people around you, and probably among many of your peers. You are not the only one that hates their job. You are not alone.

Step 2. Change your perspective

Look for something each day that you do like about your job and focus on that. The experience or thing doesn’t have to be big it just has to be positive. This can be anything from “I got to eat my favorite sandwich at lunch” to “My biggest meeting of the day went well, and I felt appreciated.” Sincerely looking for something positive in each day can help you learn to view your whole work experience through a different lens.

Additionally, research has found that many individuals hate their jobs because of unrealistic expectations. These unrealistic expectations can come in many forms and from many people and can be unrealistic in a sense that is requiring too much or too little of you and your talents. For example, you may have unrealistic expectations of your job based on what you were hired to do, your boss may have unrealistic expectations of what they want you to be accomplishing in your job, your manager may have unrealistic expectations for what your talents can do in your job, and so on and so forth. Being able to go back and reevaluate these expectations with whoever you need to can greatly improve your current job situation.

Step 3. Don’t be vocal about it

Talking to your mom or significant other about your work troubles probably isn’t going to cause much of an issue and may even provide you with a great outlet for your frustrations. Tweeting into the void about how much you hate your job, however, might create an issue.

Essentially, you have to be careful who you vocalize your frustrations to and how you do it. Any type of online vocalization or rant about how much you dislike your job can easily come back to bite you in the butt. Doing so runs the risk of having your thoughts shared with your employer, which could lead to disciplinary actions or employment termination.

No matter how frustrated you might be it’s better to go back to this old saying, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” to keep you from burning bridges that don’t need to burn. 

Step 4. Evaluate if quitting is the right step for you

Quitting your job isn’t always the right answer, nor is it something to do on a whim, so it’s important to evaluate your situation before you make a decision. Most people know if the job they currently have (and hate) is one they can do long term—sometimes you hate your job for a time because of a specific project that will eventually end, but sometimes you hate your job because of particular people in the company or the way management runs the company which is not something that is likely to change anytime soon. If you know your job is not a place you can stay long-term, don’t force yourself to stay there. Trust me, it’s not worth your own personal happiness.

However, depending on your other job prospects and current financial situation, you may need to stick around for a little while longer while you job search (see step 5). If that is the case, focus on perfecting step 2: change your perspective. It will improve the remaining time you have at your current job and may even give you a better attitude overall when entering your new job.

When quitting, do so tactfully. Be sure to give the company a heads up by putting in a two-week notice and work hard to not burn any bridges on your way out (unless it’s necessary, but we won’t get into that right now). This is especially important if you are working in a field you hope to work in for the rest of your life. People talk, and if you burn unnecessary bridges early on you may find yourself in a difficult position down the road.

Step 5. How to look for a new job

First start by freshening up your resume or, if needed, creating a new one from scratch. I won’t go too much into resume building here but be sure to include recent employment or volunteer experience that is related to the field you are applying to. That will help future employers see how you can be most beneficial to them in that particular field. If needed, check out a free resume builder online as well. In the end, it will save you time if you have an updated resume ready to go and on hand once you find a job you actually want to apply to. 

In the age of the internet, searching for a new job is easier than ever. Sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, and even Google have jobs posted daily with an easy-to-use browser system that allows you to sort and save jobs that, like Goldilocks, fit you just right. It will take some patience and dedication, but you’ll get there.

It’s also important to start your job search with knowing what type of job you are looking for. Look for jobs you know you like doing or ones you think you’ll enjoy. If you like the type of work you currently do but have a problem with the company or other employees, looking for the same kind of job at a different company is a good idea. If you dislike the very work you do every day maybe it’s time to change it up a little bit and look for something completely different, and that’s okay too. And, if you’re looking for a job that is new and dynamic, try a career in digital marketing. Visit https://dmstudents.com/ydigital/ to get started.

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