As we head into the holiday season, we are reminded that it is supposed to be "the most wonderful time of the year." At every turn we are encouraged to celebrate and be thankful for all the great things in our lives.
But this time of year can often bring up a lot of reminders of how our lives may not be quite up to our ideal standards. We may be stuck in a job we don't like, or going through a bit of a performance rut.
Not many people would say they're grateful for a job they hated. But if you are willing to use the situation and learn from it, this season of reflection can be a huge opportunity.
5 Reasons To Be Thankful You're In a Job You Hate
1. Knowing what doesn't work is key to knowing what does.
When you find yourself in a job that you hate, take note. What are the things that you really hate doing? These are clues to help you know what you do like doing, and how to make the tasks that you hate more enjoyable.
2. Use the opportunity to build your confidence for the job seeking process.
It's a lot easier to interview and find other opportunities when you are currently employed. Rather than looking like you're desperate for anything that will get you a paycheck, you'll come across as much more self-aware and improvement-oriented.
So use the job you hate as a springboard for something different. Make sure that you build your confidence--your confidence will help you sell yourself more accurately in interviews and will always be an asset in finding another opportunity.
3. There is no failure in learning that a job isn't right. Failure comes in repeating it over and over again.
Feel grateful for the opportunity of having a job you hate because you can ensure you won't repeat it again. Even better: you can be proactive about your situation by pivoting in your organization to another department or to another role that is a better fit.
4. Communicate why you don't like your job clearly and professionally.
Once you know what you don't like about your job, make sure that you are able to communicate effectively to your manager or others why. Complaining doesn't change anything--learning what is right and using clear messaging to find it will always propel you out of any situation that isn't working.
Using a job you hate as a way to strengthen your communication skills will not only help you get out of your current situation; it will also help you as you navigate future turns in your career path.
5. You are more interesting as a result of the experience.
Less than optimal experiences are always helpful in your career journey. It's how you manage and grow from them that determines the value.
Most highly successful people have had a number of jobs they hate, and that's how they learned what worked. Even more than that, those less-than-ideal situations often represented their "breaking point"--that defining moment in their lives in which they made a career breakthrough. The great news is, if you're in a job that you hate, you might be on the brink of something even greater.