As I mentioned last week, I’m going to write a few posts about how to handle hating your job when finding a new job might be tricky. I.e., unemployment is now at 10 percent nationwide. People are losing their homes. It’s not a good time to jump ship.
The first task of dealing with any difficult situation, of course, is getting very clear about just what is hard about it. So take a few moments alone, in a quiet place, and make a list of everything that you hate about your job. This is a no-holds-barred kind of writing exercise and you can either do it as a list or you can just write it out in narrative form. Put in everything you can think of, from the lack of pay/interesting colleagues/good local eateries to more intangibles — like you just plain wish you were doing something else with your life. And don’t stop until you’re done.
The second task is to put that list down and write a list of everything you want from a job. Again, write your heart out. Dream the big dream. Be really, really clear about what it is you want to be doing with your life. When you’re done, take both lists and put them aside for a couple days. (You can add items to your lists, but don’t start obssessing about the content. Not yet, at least.)
Then tune in Wednesday for more advice.