Let’s face it. Not everyone find a job they’re passionate about. And sometimes that “dream job” you landed turns out to be anything but dreamy. You may not love your job, but probably can’t quit either, at least not without another job offer on the table. Here are some ways to make the best of a less-than-ideal work situation.
Dress It Up
Can’t stand cube life? You can at least make your surroundings more appealing than the sterile partitions you stare at. Add personal touches to make your work space a little more like home. Hang a print of a favorite painting or pictures of your family and friends. Grow a mini garden in your cube if it gets natural sunlight. These little things can make you feel more comfortable and relaxed at work even if you don’t really want to be there.
You don’t love what you do, but that doesn’t mean you should take shortcuts or do a poor job. Put your all into your work so you can feel proud of your efforts. Set goals for yourself even if your boss doesn’t have goals. Aiming for lofty goals can distract you from the fact that you don’t particularly enjoy the work. Who knows? You boss may even take notice of your extra efforts and give you recognition that you didn’t expect.
Learn Something New
Expanding your skills and knowledge base can open up new opportunities in your current position and make you more appealing to potential employers if you decide it’s time to move on. Take the initiative to learn a new aspect of the business. Your boss will likely be impressed by your ambition. Take a class related to your career or to the career path you want to take. Self-teach through online tutorials or books. For example, research everything there is to know about blogging for business purposes so you can start an official blog on the company’s website. You may find new job responsibilities as you learn.
If you don’t like the way something works at the office, tactfully suggest changes to your boss. You may discover your boss agrees and had already identified the problem but didn’t know how to solve it. You establish yourself as a problem solver and the changes just may make the office more enjoyable.
Look for the Light
When you don’t like a job, you tend to focus only on the negative aspects. Spend a little time looking for some positive aspects of your job. Maybe you get to work with some great leaders who could teach you leadership skills that could help you advance. Perhaps you get to use your creative skills for designing materials for the company. In some cases, just the fact that you have a job when so many people are unemployed is the little ray of sunshine you cling to. Your perspective can drastically change a situation.