8 Ways to Deal With a Job You HateIt is inevitable, it’s something we all face: a job we just can’t stand. It might be the job itself, the family’s pet, the grandparent or your MB (mom boss). There’s just something that rubs you the wrong way.

Avoid the temptation just to quit. The situation might be salvageable. Even if you do need to resign, it’s best to do so intelligently.

Make smart decisions when faced with a job you hate!


1. Understand why you don’t like the position. If you understand what challenges you are faced with, you might be able to amend them. At the very least, you’ll know what red flags to look for in the next role.

What don’t you like?

◦ Boss?
◦ Hours?
◦ Work environment?
◦ Pay?
◦ Unruly kids?
◦ The commute?

2. Change what you can. It’s possible that the things that aren’t tolerable about your job can be changed. You might be able to change your schedule a bit or negotiate a paid lunch hour (I know, not all nannies get this!). Perhaps there are other duties to take on with the family that would offer more pay. Try not to be a victim and change what you can.

3. Master your skills. The job might stink, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be learned. You might be able to build some valuable skills or get the necessary experience to move on.

Are there any benefits of your current position? Try to make the best out of them while you’re there.

4. Be grateful. List all the benefits of having your job. It might not seem as bad as you initially thought.

5. Focus on not getting upset. Some people are pretty good at getting themselves worked up. If you’re one of those people, rest. Just do your job and keep your thoughts under control. Find time to relax when the kids are napping!

6. Make the most of your off time. Your job might be tolerable if you made the most of your free time. Try not to just go home after work and eating dinner. Try to find a hobby or spend time with friends. Find something that you like to do and dedicate time to it.

It might be a great time to start an online biz or go back to school. Who knows, you might generate enough income to leave your job.

7. Plan your exit. What are your options? What is the ultimate best choice you can make for your long-term career future?

◦ List the criterion of your ideal job, boss, and co-workers (if thinking of transitioning).

◦ What you don’t like about your current role.

◦ What companies interest you? What type of families interest you?

◦ Whom can you reach out to for advice or job leads?

8. Be patient. You don’t want to burn bridges if you may need a reference later! From experience, I have quit with a day’s notice when previous families were not willing to compromise. You’re likely to be content with any move that relieves your current discomfort, even if it severely limits your future.

Look at all of your options before making a final decision. Some short-term pain might be part of making the smartest career decision.

Most people deal with a job they don’t like. Make the best of it and do what you can to better your situation.

Learn everything you can while you’re there. Find your best solution and work towards it. Avoid resigning your position until you have been offered a new role. Follow these steps, and you’ll transition to a workweek that’s more in line with your desires.

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