If you are seen as someone who brings solutions and is upbeat, then others will be more attracted to you and may create opportunities for your career.
Greenwood Village, CO (PRWEB) February 20, 2013
With the unemployment rate hovering at 8%, those who have a job should, in theory, be counting their blessings. However, it's not only about employed versus unemployed but also underemployed and under-whelmed workers and employers in the marketplace today. What should a person do if he or she is one of the lucky employed but hates their job? Maybe someone is underemployed (i.e. they have a Master's degree and are answering phones). Whatever the reasons for the dislike or even hatred toward a job, those who are employed are generally smart enough to know that in an economy such as the one we're in now, it's not the best idea to up and quit without something else lined up. Jobs are hard to come by and good jobs are even harder. Lida Citroen, reputation management and personal branding specialist and principal of LIDA360, offers ten tips on how to make the most of a job you hate.
1. Networking - Even if you're in a job that you don't like or isn't up to your skills or passion, focus on building your network of contacts (co-workers, managers, clients, vendors etc.) who may help you get into a next job that you'll love.
2. Invest in your professional development or personal development - Before putting a resume together, start looking for ways you can develop personally and professionally to improve your skills, experience and abilities (i.e. a class, webinar, conference, seminar, etc.). This will make you more valuable in your current position and may make you more marketable later.
3. Avoid negativity - Having a positive attitude can go a long way in how other people perceive you. If you get caught up in negative gossip or office drama, you run the risk of being asked to leave.
4. Start your job search - While it's generally not a great idea to abruptly quit your job without having another one lined up (especially in today's job market) that shouldn’t stop you from searching for your next job (but not on your current company's time!). Networking -- online and in person -- and studying industries, companies and business leaders will help you become more proactive in your career.
5. Talk to your manager about revising your job description - Maybe you don't currently love what you're doing, but there are things you would like doing within the job you're in. Talk to your manager about taking on new responsibilities or working on a different project.
6. Maintain your performance - Even if you hate your job and feel the work you are doing is completely beneath you, it's important to maintain your performance and always do a good job. Your integrity is reflected in your work. If you accepted the job you are in, then be the best at it you possibly can be.
7. Be grateful you have a job! Remind yourself that while this may not be your dream job, there are more than 12 million Americans currently out of work.
8. Realize it's just a job - While jobs are important and the paycheck funds your bills and provides you with what you need, realize that it is just a job and it doesn't define who you are.
9. Help others. One of the best ways to learn to appreciate what you have is by helping others who are less fortunate. Whether its volunteering in your community, or mentoring someone at your company, helping others can increase your exposure, skills and gratitude.
10. Focus on your reputation. As stated above, if you engage in negative gossip, neglect your professional development or forget to network, you can create a poor reputation in the company and industry. Conversely, if you are seen as a team player, someone who brings solutions (not just complains about problems) and is upbeat, then others will be more attracted to you and may create opportunities for your career.
LIDA360 is a brand consultancy firm, based in Colorado. Principal Lida Citroën is an international branding and reputation management expert who designs and enhances the identities of companies, executives and individuals globally. Citroën practices an integrated approach to branding, marketing and communications that enhances the total customer experience and reduces the investment for success.
The author of the book, "Reputation 360: Creating power through personal branding," (Palisades Publishing, 2011), Lida is an accomplished speaker who engages audiences with her empowering message about managing your personal brand and reputation. Lida presents programs for corporations, conventions and non-profit organizations around the U.S. She can be reached at 800.314.5060 or http://www.LIDA360.com.