I Hate My Job: Does This Sound Like Something You Say? I hate my job.Do you find yourself saying this on a regular basis?Do you dread having to face another day at work?Do you sometimes wish youd be fired or laid off just to escape your daily prison?If so, join the club. You might be surprised how many people spend years (and years and years...)staying in the same job that they hate.If you constantly say to yourself "I hate my job" then its time you did something about it.And if youre the type of person who keeps telling your friends "I hate my job" and expecting thatthey will care, youd really better start doing something about it before you lose all your friends. Noone likes to hang around a whiner especially one who says the same thing over and over againwithout doing anything to fix it.If you truly hate your job, your personal life can suffer as a result and you can spiral intodepression and a feeling of helplessness especially if you cant see any other options to pursue.As a recruiter, I can understand why people say "I hate my job" but I cant understand why theyexpect me to feel sorry for them when they do nothing to change things!To fix this situation, first figure out what it is that you hate about your job and either fix it or startlooking for a new job. If you truly hate your job, youll do something about it rather than just talkingabout it.Who wants to spend 8 hours plus per day doing something they hate just to get a check?Lets look at a list of possible statements you might be making that show specifically what it is thatyou hate about your job:I hate my job. No particular reason needed, you just hate your job. Are you proud of your work?Are there any accomplishments you are happy with? If not, maybe you dont just need a new job,you need a new career. Start looking outside your current industry. Have you considered self-employment?I hate my job because Im underpaid: Easy to fix. Ask for a raise. In this case you dont really hateyour job, you hate the fact that you are underpaid at least in your mind. If you work for anotoriously cheap company, you might need to switch companies. If you work in an industry thatdoesnt make its employees rich, you might need to change industries. Money isnt the best reasonto switch jobs but if your salary doesnt match your lifestyle, something has to change.I hate my job because its boring: Perhaps you have become underemployed. If you are bored,you might not be utilizing all the skills you have or you may have finally realized you are in thewrong industry. Think of what makes you happy and then figure out how you can get paid to do it. Ilike that old adage that says that if you find a job that you love, youll never work a day in your life.I hate my job because I hate my boss/co-workers/company: Certainly, you cant pick your boss orco-workers but you can pick the company you work for. We wont always get along with everyonewe work with so its not uncommon to want to switch jobs because of personal conflicts withothers. Be careful though: if you find that you have trouble getting along with people at every jobyou have, maybe its not the other people that are the problem.
I hate my job but I cant quit: Perhaps its the stock options, maybe its the nice expense accountand company car, maybe its the high salary that you know you wont be able to get from anothercompany if you switch Jobs. Sometimes "golden handcuffs" prevent people from switching jobsthat they hate because theyd have to give up too much if they quit. Then again, Ive seeninstances of people leaving high-paying jobs that they hated to accept lower paying jobs that theyare much happier with. You might need to prioritize and figure out what is more important: themoney or your happiness. Ideally youll have both of course but maybe this is impossible in yourcurrent job.I hate my job because Im embarrassed of what I do: Maybe you work in an industry that youverealized does not fit your morals. Maybe you feel embarrassed to discuss your job or industry withfriends who you feel have better jobs that you do. Ive certainly come across enough job searcherswho are ashamed to discuss their job with others. Personally, I think that as long as you are doingsomething ethical that you like and can earn a reasonable living from, there is nothing to beashamed of. Not everyone thinks this way though. Before making any career-altering decisions,remember that your job must make you happy, not other people.Working at a job you hate is no way to spend a significant part of your life. If you truly hate yourjob, you will no doubt see other aspects of your life suffer, too.Before you can fix the problem of constantly saying "I hate my job" you need to figure out what it isspecifically that you hate about it.Then you can decide what to do to fix it or if it is not fixable, what you are going to be doing nextfor a living.Once you do this, you will no longer have to say "I hate my job" and youll be happier and moreprosperous because of it.Jobs