How to Make the Most of Your Current Job

by McKenzie Chapman   Ulticareer  | Job search  | Advice  | Opportunity  | New perspective  | Life lesson  | Career decision  | Choose happiness  | Building connections  | Networking  | Work tips  | 

A lot of people feel unsatisfied at work. Many of us don’t like our job, feel unfulfilled, and daydream of quitting and moving on to bigger and better things.

But what if the key to feeling satisfied at work was a shift in perspective, not necessarily a job change?

Although you may want to continue striving for a better job, you should try to make the most of your current position so that you can be best prepared for your next move and also so you can be happier with your job.

Follow these tips to leverage your current job and to simply be happier where you are!

Are there any skills you can take with you from your current position to your next? Chances are there are more than a few things you can internalize. Skills like leadership, advocating for your ideas, customer service, organization, etc., will serve you well in all aspects of your life.

Push to exceed
If you feel stuck in your job, then make sure you exceed expectations and try your hardest to make yourself a winning candidate for your next position. Plus, challenging yourself will make you feel more confident, it’ll help you learn more, and you’re likely to feel more satisfied and happy at work.

Take initiative

Make yourself stand out by asking for projects outside of your responsibility. You’ll learn more and you’ll stick out to your employer if you need to ask for a reference letter in the future. Taking initiative and spearheading projects is a good habit to build, and will help you gain confidence.

Keep track of your accomplishments
If you’ve completed a project you’re proud of, be sure to take the credit! When you’re not crazy about your job, it can be easy to only see the day-to-day, menial work. But when you reflect on your experience, congratulate yourself on the things you accomplished. Your success at this job will be a great talking point in the future, and you can add your accomplishments to your resume or portfolio.

Ask for what you want

Are you entirely sure that you can’t feel fulfilled at your current position? If you enjoy a certain aspect of your job, try asking if you can take on more responsibility to focus on it. If you’re working more on something you enjoy, you may find that you can grow and be satisfied at your current company, but with a different position.


Cultivate relationships with your coworkers, business partners, employers, etc. Those connections could lead to lasting friendships and new opportunities. Networking is crucial to developing your career—if you aren’t convinced, read our blog post, Why Networking is Crucial for Your Professional Development. 

If you’re unhappy with your current position, you should try to make the most out of it while you’re dealing with it. Strive for excellence, growth, and connections at your current job to make the most of your time.

Not only will you feel happier in the present, but when the time comes to move on to a different position, you’ll feel confident about your accomplishments and have a stellar recommendation from your employer.  

Do you have any other tips on how to make the most of your current job? Have you ever felt stuck at your job? Comment below with your thoughts and share your insight on UltiCareer to describe what a day in the life of your type of job is really like. 


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