Many situations may lead to being unhappy with your job. It is vital to research and recognize job dissatisfaction to have a fulfilling life.
These events could include: bullying, poor management, redundant duties, physically exhausting, lack of challenge, poor wage or benefits, and the list goes on.
If you find yourself hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock each morning and dreading the day ahead, it is time for you to make a change!
Does your job have you down?
Life is too short to be unhappy! Making immediate job changes can turn your dissatisfaction around quickly.
The key is not merely to wake up one morning and tell your boss you quit. You must plan and make sure you have another job in place, or at least have a stable financial situation (and supportive partner/family), which would allow you to be unemployed for an undetermined amount of time.
The current job market is highly competitive, and you must be willing to work hard to land a new job – perhaps even the career of your dreams!
6 steps for dealing with job dissatisfaction
You don’t have to be unhappy with your job anymore.
1. Recognize whether something small has left you dissatisfied at work or something big that can’t easily be remedied.
Sometimes all we need is just a slight tweak to our workday or job responsibilities to make life a lot easier. The key is to understand why you are unhappy at work.
a. Are you being challenged enough in your current job?
If the answer is no, then ask your supervisor for additional challenging responsibilities.
b. Are you struggling with a certain work project?
Please discuss with your supervisor about getting additional training or assistance to complete it.
c. Do you constantly feel stressed and overworked in your position or work environment?
Take a two-week holiday, a short getaway for a weekend, or even a personal day to regain your mental health.
d. Is there a bigger problem you face, such as a boss that is a micromanager or a co-worker who is bullying you?
If the latter is the issue, you need to take the appropriate steps to remedy the solution, such as speaking to the bully, your manager, or the Human Resources Department. If the former is the issue, you must either learn to get past it or move on.
2. Decide whether it’s your job you are unhappy with or yourself.
Self-reflection is an exercise you should practice regularly to help determine if you are unhappy with your job.
Are you living up to your full potential? Are you happy at work and at home? Are there things you wish you could change about yourself? Are you letting home affect work, or perhaps vice-versa? Once you have identified the root of the problem – work or otherwise – take action to address it and resolve it. The solution will depend on the problem and the realm of your life it is occurring in.
3. If you have decided the actual cause of why you are unhappy with your job, it is time to consider searching for a new one.
If you are in a long-term relationship with someone and/or have children, you will need to examine your finances, health benefits, and your partner’s feelings to decide when the best time to look for a new job is. However, there is nothing wrong with reading these 6 steps to secure the perfect teaching job. Something may happen to fall in your lap, or you may have to hunt rigorously for the position.
4. Update your resume and be prepared to apply for a job the second you come across one that interests you.
When was the last time you updated your school administrator or teacher resume? How professional does it look? Is it easy to read, and does it display your skills and expertise most productively? Would you hire yourself based on that document? If it has been a while since you last touched your resume, it is time to update it and create a whole new one.
You must highlight your education and training, professional experience, and solid skills that make you a desirable job candidate. Keep updating your resume as new positions or responsibilities are given to you, ensuring you are always ready to apply for something that interests you.
5. If you are unhappy with your job, it’s time to begin the job hunt.
This step can be performed simultaneously with the above step. It is always good to have a general resume on hand, but once you find a job advertisement, you wish to tailor it accordingly. The same applies to your cover letter. A cover letter should showcase the skills and experience the company is looking for and will vary depending on the position. Cover letter writing tips will help you get a competitive edge.
Conduct an effective job search with these methods and techniques, whether online, cold calling or attending job or career fairs. If you are still currently employed, you will want to be a bit discrete with your job hunt. Network to uncover potential job opportunities, but only tell trusted friends and family that you are actively searching for a new job. You do not want your current boss to get a hold of that information, as your work life could quickly become even unhappier.
6. Apply for positions that interest you.
Do not put all of your eggs in one basket. If you find five jobs of interest, which meet your skill sets and expertise, then apply to all five.
If you uncover ten jobs, then apply to all ten. If you find there aren’t any jobs out there that grab your attention, you may want to re-evaluate your expectations, perform some upgrading, or do a little soul searching career-wise.
“Its not just words. Actions express priorities”
– Mahatma Gandhi
If you are unhappy with your job, please take steps to ensure you find peace and happiness in everything you do.
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