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7 Ways To Stay Committed to Your Bad Job While Job Hunting

Published on February 11, 2016 12:00 AM EST
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You’ve made up your mind: you and your current job are through. It might not be a hostile break up, no staplers thrown, no doors slammed.


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It’s just that you’re busy looking for something else. The problem is, you need to stay in this working relationship until you find something new.


So how do you stay committed to your current job while looking for another one?


Here are 7 tips that will help you keep your sanity (and your integrity) while you’re job hunting.


  1. Remember that your current job is time limited – you won’t be there


Walk through the doors at work and it can feel like you’ve entered a strange time warp. When you’re bored, each hour takes an eternity. But you won’t be at your current job forever, and remembering this helps to make your time there more tolerable.


If you’ve created a career plan, you know what your next step is and that it’s just around the corner.Instead of wondering how much longer your torture will last, focus on your next career move and how you can best strategize to get there.


  1. Keep in mind that your performance at your current job will reflect on you at your new job.


When you began your job you may have been enthusiastic every day, but now, with one foot out the door, you are only enthusiastic about 5 o’clock.


You can’t forget that your performance today will be remembered by your boss, your manager and your co-workers.  Those are the people who you’ll have to ask for references, and who comprise your business network. If they remember you as someone who did the minimum at work, you’re not building your reputation as a strong candidate for your next job and beyond.


Your business network is one of your best assets when it comes to your career success. If you impress those around you with how strong your work ethic is even when the going is tough, you’ll be sure to make the list when you’re up for a job or a promotion later on in your career.


Taking the high road won’t go unnoticed, and neither will leaving early, complaining and not doing your part. You get to decide who you want to be.



  1. Take great care of yourself by doing things that you love outside of


When you’ve had a terrible day at work it’s so tempting to get home and “couch potato” with some ice cream. And then repeat.


But that isn’t going to make you feel any better about going to work the next day. While you might feel that’s all you have the energy for, you might be surprised to find you have more energy if you do things you love to do.


You don’t need to be running marathons, but if there’s something you love to do that makes you excited, you could consider adding it into your week. What if you were in the middle of your workday, and just remembering that you were going to do this activity after work gave you a tingle?


Don’t let your bad job take over your whole life and mental space. Make room for other things you love. Be sure you are taking care of yourself.


  1. Try to focus on the projects and people at work that you do like if


Just because your job has gone sour doesn’t mean all of it is bad. There might still be some fun people or some interesting projects that you do care about. If so, spend your energy focusing on that.


The more time you can keep your mind on things that are positive, that you’re grateful for, and that give you enjoyment and excitement, the better you’ll be able to be committed to your current job, even if it’s only short term.


  1. Help yourself feel good about any accomplishments that you have at your
    current job.


We’ve all witnessed employees and been waited on by service people who have stayed at jobs way too long and who have attitudes to show for it.


When you’re ready to leave your job, just getting through the day is an accomplishment, but if you’re at a job and you’re no longer “feeling it,” you need to be especially mindful of the things you do every day that you feel good about and that bring value.


You have a choice about where you can place your attention at work.


You can focus on why your job stinks and how fast you need to leave, or on what’s still working and what you are accomplishing. It won’t be easy. But every chance you get, focus on something positive. You might even consider keeping a journal at work where you can quickly write down positive things that happen during the day. Focusing your attention on the positive will keep you in a much better state of mind while you’re still there – and you won’t risk becoming that lady at the toll booth.


  1. Minimize any negative impact you might have related to going to work.


Can you soften the blow of going to work every day? What is the hardest part for you?


If you can identify a few things about your job that you might be able to do something about, you can make going to work a little bit easier. Maybe it’s the mad dash in the morning, and a few minutes of organization at night would help. Maybe it’s the long commute, and a great book on tape would keep you entertained. Is it your awful co-worker? Try meditation.


You can think about which problems bother you most and which solutions might work for you. None of them have to be long-term fixes, either. They may just get you through until you are in a better situation.


Depending on the problem, though, this might be a great opportunity to have a personal growth experience, if you’re up for it! It can help you stay committed to this job by seeing the difficulties you’re facing as a personal challenge that will make you a stronger, wiser and deeper person in the end.


  1. Recognizing that you’ve decided to stick with this job for the time being.


You’ve decided to keep this job for now probably because you need it, but don’t let that make you feel trapped. Focus on the benefits, even ifit’s just the paycheck.


In today’s economy, no one really expects an employer to keep you for 40 years and to retire with a gold watch the way our grandfathers did, and the reverse is also true: you’re not going to stick with one job your whole career either.


Today, especially if you want a successful career, you have to think of your jobs as a series of stepping-stones, each strategically placed, that will get you where you want to go.


Creating and working that plan takes time and patience. You can’t hastily quit a job once it becomes boring. You sometimes need to wait and lay your master plan.Don’t let that get you down. You’re simply waiting for the right moment. Maybe you have to get your finances in order, maybe the right next opportunity hasn’t come along.


It can be hard to be patient when you’re stuck in an painful situation, but when you recognize your current discomfort is a sacrifice for your long-term good, is time limited, and you stay focused on the bigger picture of your life and career, you’ll be able to get through it.


It’s Not You, It’s Me: Employee Engagement


Staying checked in at work once you’ve decided to leave can be incredibly hard, but there are great reasons for doing it.


Don’t hand over your power to your job or to your near-term feelings. Keep your focus on what you truly want in your life and stay committed to who you want to be, without your job reducing you to a weaker version of yourself.


You’re strong enough to withstand this tough but temporary situation with dignity and grace, keeping your eye on the prize – your long-term goals and your vision of who you want to be – the whole time.

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