The economy being what it is, jobs aren't exactly growing on trees. If you're stuck in one you hate, here are a few ideas to make it bearable until something better comes along.
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Employment reporter Liz Wolgemuth says the first thing you need to do is step back and do an honest assessment of the situation to see exactly what bothers you most about your employment. Figuring out exactly what you don't like about your current job will help keep you from getting into the same situation in future jobs.
You also might consider banding together with your colleagues to develop relationships and help each other feel like valuable assets to the company. That way, even if management doesn't realise your worth, you can always remind each other. Wolgemuth also recommends:
Look around the office. If you hate your job, there's a good chance that other people around you do, too. Negativity breeds negativity. Despite what got the ball rolling in the first place, you can choose to be part of a move in the opposite direction. "You can go to work and actually make someone else's job less miserable," Lencioni says. "Use your job to help others." Although there may be other methods of reducing your unhappiness—by improving your skills or shifting some of your workload to a coworker-money and staff are tight, and employees probably won't have too many levers to pull during this recession.
Of course, if your job really gets to be too much you can start freelancing before you quit and head out the door at the first opportunity. What tips have you got for sucking it up and getting by in a job you hate? Let's talk in the comments.
How to Survive When You Hate Your Job [U.S.News & World Report]