When You Hate Your Job but Can’t Quit

How to make your days brighter until you can resign.

Posted Jan 20, 2018

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Few of us have the luxury to quit a job simply because we no longer wish to be there. Even if we know that a boss, company, or job is not a good fit for us, we often have to grin and bear it for a short while, until we can officially call it quits. Here are some tips to maintain your sanity while waiting for that “right” moment.

A Means to an End

If you need to stay in your job for financial (or other) reasons, think of it as a means to an end. The end result will be for you to get a new job at a different organization in the future. In your mind, commit to staying at the organization for 6 months or so before reconsidering whether it is feasible to leave.

Gain Knowledge and Experience

In the meanwhile, your goal is to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible so that you may best market yourself for future job opportunities. If you feel smothered by your immediate boss, perform your job tasks with quality, but *also* volunteer to help other leaders in other channels of the organization with any special projects. You will appear as a team player and gain additional experience to add to your resume. You may even get the chance to move laterally within the organization.

Grow your Professional Network

The potential for other opportunities within and outside of your organization increases exponentially when others know of you and your skillset. You can show loyalty to your current role and organization and still grow your network on social networking sites like LinkedIn.  Remain positive, don’t try to change what you can’t, but be proactive with your choices so that you may ultimately achieve the end result that you want and need for your career.​