Hi there. If you're here for the first time, I hope it's because you heard about how I help people who hate their jobs. I call myself the #work4joy Coach.
Today, we're diving into some real-world, right-now tips to help you get unstuck from a job you hate. I'm gonna give them all to you as antidotes for the most common assumptions that keep you workin' for the man and dying a slow death of mediocrity each week.
Get ready to change your week, starting tomorrow (because I'm writing this on a Sunday, of course, and Monday is only a few hours away.) Let's get your game on and start the week with a splash of optimism, shall we?
Assumption #1: Even though I'm depressed, anxious, undervalued, and unhappy, I'll never find as good a salary or benefits package.
You know, I can't really argue with the salary assumption here, because it may be true. However, I CAN say with complete confidence that the salary you're paid is never worth sacrificing your mental health and serenity, no matter how high.
Tip #1: Set up a budget strategy and pay off your debt to increase your salary flexibility.
With many of my clients who hold this assumption, I ask them to begin taking a serious look at their finances. If you're in debt, get serious about paying it down or paying it off. Consider cutting up your credit cards and getting help to change your spending behaviors if they are out of control.
It can be tempting to spend or shop your way (temporarily) out of sucky-job depression, but you're robbing your future professional self of more choices and autonomy. Take care of your future self by affording her or him the gift of financial flexibility. When you have money in the bank, it's much easier to take action on the career pivot you know you deserve.
Assumption #2: I can't make a drastic career or job change because my credentials don't match the job I really want.
This is a valid challenge, but is manageable with the right help, finesse, and networking.
Tip #2: Search your social network for people who have the job you want. Take them to lunch.
Until you really know all the boots-on-the-ground details about how your dream job works in real life, don't count yourself out. Get out there and start asking friends and acquaintances for contacts in your target industry or role. Find out if you can meet them for coffee--your treat.
All you're doing here is asking a real person to help you figure out which of your skills will transfer, what gaps you may need to fill, and perhaps who to speak to about getting your foot in the door.
At best, you'll make an ally in your new industry and perhaps gain a toe-hold in a company or two. At worst, you'll enjoy a drink or a meal with a new acquaintance and get some valuable information about the type of work you want to do, and what you need for credibility.
Assumption #3 I can't leave the job I hate because I have no idea what my passion is!
Yep. I get it. You may feel a little envious of your friends or colleagues because they seem to know exactly what they want, even if they're stuck like you are in jobs they hate. It's really tough to get out of a bad situation when you don't even know what "awesome" means for you.
That's totally okay. You can still be in a happier place while you look for the thing that lights you up.
If #suckyjob is sucking your time because you have nothing else in your life, the time is now to start setting boundaries on your schedule. If you're the first one to volunteer for extra shifts, let's rethink that behavior.
Carving out space for a lunch hour outside the office (if you're normally at your desk) or on the weekend (if you're normally doing family stuff or out with friends) means you meet yourself and what might be possible for you.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you begin to pinpoint some potential career moves:
What type of activity engages you the most?
Service to others?
Creativity with words, visuals, or programming?
Building things with your hands?
Getting out in nature?
Moving your body?
Leading a team or project?
These categories are general on purpose. There's no need to be more specific at this point, just start playing with ideas.
Once you settle on a couple of activities that give you joy and relevance, you can begin to look at industries and roles that use these activities differently that you are in your current job.
Assumption #4: I want some help and guidance, but career coaches are too expensive, right?
Coaching fees to help you find new work (or--gasp--even hang your own shingle and go independent) cover a wide range of prices, it's true. However, there's competent help out there if you go looking for it.
Tip #4: Sign up for a Pay What You Want Session with Leah Murtagh at VLA50. It's an easy way to:
tell your current story,
get help defining where you want to go professionally,
create a primary strategy for making low-risk professional change, and
gain accountability with moving forward in action.
Yeah, so that's what I do. My primary goal as a Work Fulfillment Coach is to assist as many people in #working4joy as I can. I believe that when we're joyful and fulfilled at work, the world is a better place.
And, I want to make it as easy as possible to say YES to good help. My PWYW range begins at $50. I can't wait to meet you and help you find your unique #work4joy recipe. The only difference between you and me is that I KNOW it exists, and you may not. Let me help you find and do the work you love.
Take care, everyone, and have a joyful week!