So, you say you hate your job. The question is, is why? The two dominant reasons are:
Let's look at these one at a time.
The vast majority of reasons why people leave jobs is because of their immediate manager, not the company of the job itself. When people talk about company culture, they often neglect to address the fact that the culture of a singular department or unit is more important to the individual employee, and this is driven by who your immediate manager is more than anything else. So, if you are working with somebody you find difficult to get along with for whatever reason, your best option is to look for opportunities to change who your immediate manager is. This could mean looking for a transfer within the company. Occasionally people take actions to seek changing the manager. Depending on the behavior of the manager, this may or may not be a viable option. Clearly, if the manager is acting inappropriately, there should be avenues to report the manager and have them removed. Another option is to take advantage of internal communication channels to recommend the offending manager for assignment to another department in the company. I’ve heard of cases in which an employee took advantage of calls from headhunters to successfully recommend their manager for new opportunities outside of the company.
The most common approach is to look for a new opportunity for yourself. First, try within that company and if that fails, then look for opportunities outside the company. The point I would like to bring up is that complaining about the situation is actually detrimental for several reasons.
So, do yourself a favor and use the energy that could be used complaining toward taking action to improve your situation.
Now, if the situation is that you find a serious mismatch between your skillset and your current job duties there are two possibilities. One, is for whatever reason, you ended up in a position that makes you feel underemployed, meaning you have greater skills than you are allowed to exercise. Now the opposite is that you feel as though the position calls for greater skills than you currently have.
In the first situation there are several options. One is to explore ways to demonstrate that you have greater skills than your current position calls for and look for opportunities to demonstrate those skills. How you go about that will vary tremendously from job to job. So, we can't go into those details here beyond a few simple examples.
On the other hand, if you find yourself in a position where the job calls for a skillset that you do not feel you have, your choices are:
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