Everyone has heard the saying, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”(Confucius). Much has been written about how to land your dream job and how important this is for health and happiness. However in today’s tight job market there is not much room for idealism and as my colleague wrote last month, you may have to settle for second best. Also, at some stage in our careers, the majority of us will find ourselves in a job we are not that passionate about.
So what do you do if you really dislike part of your job, feel unappreciated, underpaid or even bored? You want to move on but circumstances or opportunity don’t allow?
The best advice I have read for a while is that if you can’t love the job, then love the way you do it. Take pride in how you go about your work, give it your best shot and feel better at the end of the day, knowing you have done a good job. You will probably start to find your work more rewarding too. Plus look for the positives: are you developing a new skill, making contacts, gaining experience or making improvements?
When I graduated in 1990 it was also a tough time to find a job. After several months of searching a friend offered me a part-time role as a receptionist/typist. Now this was not what I had spent three years at university for but it was a job and it felt good just getting out there in the morning and being able to support myself financially. I hated transcribing letters all day but was appreciated for simply being able to spell, proof-read, write a decent sentence and do a good all-round job. But the best bit? The job was in a recruitment agency.
Eventually, the right job for me came into the firm and having made a good impression I was put forward with a good reference and was successful. So, keep searching for your ideal job but in the meantime help yourself create opportunity: get noticed for doing a good job, improve your skills and your CV, learn as much as you can, and make the most of the job you are in now.