What to Do When You Hate Your Job But Can’t Find a New One

What to Do When You Hate Your Job But Can’t Find a New One

Job-hating has spread like a plague during the last few years.

And along with hating a job comes the urge to quit it…

But you can’t leave yourself incomeless… It’s fairly reasonable that before leaving your current job, you need to first replace your income by finding another one right? If you don’t, how are you going to be able to pay for food, your bills, and other stuff?

However, you are facing a problem… You can’t seem to be able to actually land another job…

Thankfully for you, I’ve been where you are for a while but I managed to find my way out and in this article, I am going to let you know exactly what to do when you need to find your own way out of a job you hate but can’t find a new one.

First things first…

 

Isolate the Problem

Most of the time, not being able to find another job has nothing to do with the job market, or your country, or the economy, or basically any other external factor.

emojiIf you have a hard time finding another job, chances are that you are the problem and if you want to finally escape from the job you hate, you first need to figure out exactly what you are doing wrong.

I was stuck in a job I hated for 2 years…

During that time I was constantly job hunting, attending interviews, getting rejected, passing job offers, etc.

Looking back, I realize that I made a lot of mistakes which held me back from finding a new job and chances are that the same mistakes might be holding you back as well.

According to my own experience, there are 5 reasons that you might be unable to find a new job.

  1. Not applying to enough jobs
  2. Having a bad resume
  3. Being bad at attending interviews
  4. Going after jobs you don’t qualify for
  5. Being too picky

Let’s dig a little bit deeper.

 

1 • Not Applying to Enough Jobs

The more jobs you apply to, the higher your chances of actually landing a new job.

Over the years, I’ve had conversations with dozens of people who were looking for their way out of a job they hated and most of the time, those conversations ended up being shockingly similar to the one below:

Other person“I hate my job and I want to quit…”
Me“So, why don’t you quit?”
Other person“I can’t find another job”
Me“Tell me about the last time you searched for one”
Other person“Well, it was about 2 months ago”
Me“Aha… To how many jobs did you apply back then?”
Other person“Actually I applied to a whole lot of them… I think 2 or maybe 3…”

NOPE!

Seriously, if this is you, you’re screwed… Applying to 2-3 jobs per 2 months will get you nowhere… Hell, applying to 2-3 jobs per week will probably get you nowhere either…

How many jobs should you apply to, you ask?

I was thinking more like 2-3 jobs per day!

If you are serious about finding a job in order to quit your current one anytime soon and not when you are almost old enough to retire, you have to grow balls and stop acting like a scared little girl…

There’s no point in taking it slow. The slower you take it, the longer you’ll be stuck in the current job you despise.

You either want to quit your job or not.

Act big and get the hell out of there ASAP or just accept the fact that you’ll probably be working that same job you hate for the next 10+ years.

If I were you, I’d go for the former…

 

2 • Having a Bad Resume

ResumeLet’s assume that you are indeed applying to tons of jobs but no potential employer is calling back to schedule an in-person interview with you.

If you haven’t actually misspelled your telephone number within your resume, then chances are that nobody is calling you because your resume sucks…

A few months after landing that job I hated I started applying to dozens of other jobs in order to escape it.

But I kept getting no calls for interviews whatsoever…

Thankfully, it didn’t take too long to realize that my resume was to blame and so I started improving it at once.

I went online, read some articles on building a good resume, and along with being a little creative, I managed to put together an awesome resume in less than a week.

And then, I started putting it to test…

I applied to 10-15 jobs using my new resume and after a few days, I started getting calls for scheduling interviews with potential employers. I was ecstatic!

Right now, almost 2 years later, I have further improved my resume and I usually get called for interviews from at least 50% of the jobs I apply to.

If despite applying to numerous job positions you still don’t get called for interviews the quality of your resume is probably to blame…

It’s either that, or you might be applying to jobs you don’t actually qualify for…

 

3 • Going After Jobs You Don’t Qualify for

It goes without question that if you keep applying to jobs you don’t qualify for, you’ll probably keep getting rejected as soon as someone lays eyes on your resume.

Yes, you might want the job with the higher salary or the job in another field which you believe you’ll enjoy more but unfortunately, if you don’t have the required skillset and/or previous experience nobody would be willing to waste their time interviewing you.

Think about it…

If you were a business owner and you needed a salesman, would you waste your time interviewing someone who had no college education and had been working as a truck driver for the last ten years? Or, if you were in need of a truck driver would you waste your time interviewing someone with a college degree in sales but no driver’s license?

I don’t think so.

If you keep applying to jobs you don’t qualify for then don’t get your hopes up because you’ll probably never be able to replace your current job with a new one.

Countering that problem is very simple…

Just start applying to jobs you qualify for!

Or you could improve your skillset to actually qualify for the jobs you would like to go after.

Attend classes and seminars. Watch webinars. Leverage the vast amounts of free information you can find on blogs or on Youtube. Get certified.

Do whatever it takes to get the job you want.

Yes, it will take time, effort, and sacrifices but this is what it takes for someone to reach their goals…

 

4 • Being Bad at Attending Interviews

Let’s assume that you are applying to a lot of jobs, you get called for interviews from a significant number of them, you attend those interviews, but still, nobody seems to be willing to hire you.

If this is the case for you, you are probably doing something wrong during those interviews.

Maybe you are not dressed well enough, maybe you are just talking way too much about irrelevant stuff, maybe you don’t seem confident in yourself or maybe you keep making tasteless comments about your current job and boss.

Job Interview I am Nice1

Whatever the case, you have to understand that every job opening could have dozens of applicants and the employer is most likely going to hire the one who left them with the best impression during their interview.

Believe it or not, being good at attending interviews is a skill that can be cultivated with practice just like playing football or the piano…

I remember my first job interviews… They were awful!

I was shy, anxious, sweaty and eager to get out of each one of them ASAP. No wonder that nobody would want to hire me…

However, after attending tons of interviews, I got the knack of it… Now, when I go through a job interview I feel like I know every interviewer for years and thus I feel very confident and open towards them. Also, most of them tend to ask the same or similar questions so I am always prepared (I have actually come up with a couple of answers for 3-4 questions I have noticed that the majority of interviewers ask me).

For instance, I know that once I mention that I am currently working somewhere else, the interviewer will inevitably ask me “Why do you want to quit your current job?”  so I always have a couple of answers armed and ready.

Reading a couple of articles on improving my interview skills also helped me a lot become aware of some mistakes I kept making as well as how to correct them.

 

5 • Being Too Picky

It doesn’t matter how much you hate your current job, it will not be that easy to let it go especially if you have been working there for a long time.

As I mentioned earlier, during my two years at the job I hated, I applied to hundreds of job openings. I also went through more interviews than I can count and got dozens of job offers…

But, I kept rejecting every single one of them because I was way too picky about them…

I was picky about the work shifts, the distance, the building, the coworkers, the duties, the street on which the building was, the office, the smell of the office, the lightning of the office, etc.

It took me 2 whole years to actually accept another job which I thought was perfect for me only to quit it 3 months later without having anything lined up because it actually sucked.

Waiting to land the perfect job is just a waste of time because it’s impossible to know if a job is perfect for you before working there for a while. What feels like your perfect job in the beginning, might end up being a huge fat bumper when the honeymoon phase is over.

Looking back, I realize that being too picky was probably just another excuse for staying put because I was too afraid to jump from a job I hated but was familiar with to another job which I knew nothing about.

After all, the devil that you know is better than the one you don’t right?

 

4 Additional Tips on Dealing with the Job You Hate When You Can’t Find Another One

 

1 • Let go of All Excuses

Most people tend to come up with a lot of excuses to abstain from taking action which in turn keeps them imprisoned in jobs they hate to the very depths of their soul, day in and day out, for years. Believe me, you don’t want that…

I’ve spoken with dozens of people who were after quitting a job they hate and the excuses they keep using in order to stay in their cozy comfort zones are always blowing my mind…

“I’m too old”
“I can’t find a new job”
“I don’t have time”
“I have a family to feed”
“I make good money”
“There are no other jobs”
“All jobs are equally bad”

Let me tell you, and mark my words, that there’s NOT A SINGLE EXCUSE in putting up with working a job you hate for the rest of your life when just by stretching your comfort zone for a while you could do so much better.

I am not saying that you should walk in your boss’s office and quit your job right now but at least take some steps that will allow you to eventually get out of there.

If you are currently working a job you hate, YOU are the only one to blame, period. YOU are the problem… Your mindset is the problem… Your attitude is the problem. It’s no else’s fault but yours…

Don’t let this bring you down. Don’t get all sad and depressed.

That’s great news!

Because since YOU are the problem, YOU are also the solution.

Your excuses will always be there trying to hold you back. But it’s up to you if you act according to them or if you act despite them.

Truth is that when it comes to quitting your job, the hardest part will probably be to overpower your own bullshit excuses.

Once you get past that, you are gold!

 

2 • Deal With Your Job Another Way

4 Ways To Deal With a Job You Hate

Finding another job is not the only solution to dealing with a job you hate.

Besides quitting your job, there are at least 3 more ways to successfully deal with it like a pro such as

  • Persistence
  • Neglect
  • and Voice

Persistence means grinding your teeth and just sticking through your awful job accepting that you’ll probably keep being unhappy for the rest of your life.

Neglect entails staying in your current job but getting emotionally disengaged from it. It’s like showing up to work and doing the bare minimum effort just to not get fired.

Voice involves actively trying to figure out ways to improve the situation at your job along with your colleagues and/or your boss.

For more information on dealing with a job you hate without quitting it, go ahead and take a look at the 4 Ways To Deal With A Job You Hate Like A Pro.

 

3 • Start a Side Hustle

Starting a side hustle is becoming a more and more popular option towards eventually quitting not just your current job but all jobs forever…

If you have a hobby, passion, or interest with which you occupy yourself during your free time, it would be a great idea to start considering if there are any ways to monetize it.

For instance, if you love practicing Yoga, maybe you could get an instructor’s certification and start practicing with your friends and family. If you are working as a website designer, you could start offering your services as a freelance. Or if you have any experience writing, you could start writing your own book.

Eventually, what you started as a side hustle, could bring in a full-time income for you so you and you won’t need to work a normal job ever again.

More than a few very successful entrepreneurs started exactly that way! Scaling a business on the side of their job which eventually turned into a full-time venture.

Yes, it won’t come fast and easy. It’ll take time, effort, and sacrifices. But earning your living by doing something you enjoy instead of constantly jumping from a job you hate to another job you hate is definitely worth all the trouble right?

dearboss-iquit.com has been my side hustle for a while now and will hopefully become my full-time job at some point and allow me to work for myself online.

If you would like to find out how to quit your job and work for yourself online just like me, you should definitely read my article How To Quit Your Job And Be Your Own Boss [Like a Boss].

 

4 • Quit Your Job Without Having Anything Else Lined up

I Quit My Job Having Nothing Lined UpWho in the right mind quits a job without having anything else lined up right?

Well, I did!

A month ago I quit my last job without having anything else lined up whatsoever. Not another job, no significant and stable income from my online business or from anywhere else, nothing!

And let me tell you, that it’s definitely not as scary as most people tend to imagine.

Quitting a job you hate without having found a new one yet is a valid course of action and if you have taken a few smart steps beforehand such as saving up some money, leaving yourself without an income for a while might prove to be much less stressful than working a job you hate.

At least, this is the case for me now.

If you want to find out more about quitting my last job with nothing lined up, how I did it, what happened to me after doing it as well as how you can do that yourself with the least possible risk, go ahead and read I Quit My Job Having Nothing Lined Up: Here’s What Happened to Me…

Just so you know, thinking about quitting my job without having found a new job first used to be one of the scariest thoughts of my life but after actually going through it, I can safely say that a month later things are unfolding unexpectedly smoothly and I haven’t regretted my decision the slightest.

 

Conclusion

Finding a new job in order to quit your current one is not as hard as you imagine. It’s actually much easier… You’ll definitely understand what I am saying when you actually achieve it.

If you just start acting despite all your fears and excuses, identify the problem, and then correct it, it won’t be long before you kiss the job you hate goodbye!

In addition, finding another job is not the only way to quit a job. There are other ways to deal with a job you hate such as neglecting it, becoming your own boss, or just quitting it cold-turkey just like me.

Lastly, don’t forget that YOU are the only one who can change your situation for the better… Don’t wait for anyone to deliver you from your misery or for things to change for the better by themselves.

You are the problem but you are also the solution!

 

  • For how long have you been looking for a new job in order to quit your current one?
  • Which of those mistakes do you believe is holding you back?
  • Have you considered dealing with the job you hate another way?

Let us know all about your opinion and experience in the comments below.

 

If you have any questions or need any further help or guidance from me, I encourage you to email me at xaric@dearboss-iquit.com or drop me a PM on my Wealthy Affiliate Profile.

Whatever the case, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

My best regards to you,

Xaric,
dearboss-iquit.com

 

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Xaric, I liked your post for a couple of reasons. First, you are clear in what you are saying, what I call no “fluff”. Your reader should be able to see your message clearly. I was in a job I disliked immensely and my older sister sat me down and basically said “do what you have to do to make your life better”. I began my college journey at 41 years old and in a few years found my dream job.

    Secondly, you laid out some good choices for those that want their circumstances to change, yet do not take action steps to bring the needed changes to fruition. Some may not like the direct suggestions offered, yet I believe they will stay in the back of their minds.

    This blog can apply to people of all ages. I wouldn’t be surprised to see not only individuals, but teachers and parents wanting to share these words of wisdom.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us… Hats off to your older sister for pushing you to improve your life… Hats off to you as well that you had the guts to make such an enormous change for the better in your life at that age and that you managed to finally land your dream job as well. In my eyes, you are an utter success!

      Thank you so much for your kind and motivation words… I am trying my best to serve solutions through my own experience to all those who are working jobs they hate because I know how awful it is to get stuck in one.

      My best wishes to you 🙂

      Xaric

  2. This is a very interesting concept. If you have a job then I can see how you can sometimes hate it. But, if on other hand you have a career then you absolutely would love it because you would be doing your passion in life. I can’t say I have never quit a job, but I stuck with my career and retired from it after 26 plus years and sometimes I miss it.  

    Overall this is an excellent article. However, you could tone down the foul language a bit, because it is unprofessional and can be offensive to others. Besides that it is a very informative article.

    1. The number of people who are working jobs they hate is constantly rising as years pass… Having a career doesn’t necessarily mean that you love what you do, even if at some point you actually used to love it.

      I have talked with dozens of people who started a career assuming they’d love it only to end up hating it a few years later.

      Thanks a lot for your feedback on my “foul” language… I am not a professional career coach and I am not trying to be one here… This is just a blog whereas I am sharing my thoughts with the world… And among my thoughts, there happens to exist a little profanity here and there just to spice things up a little.

      As far as those who are offended by it are concerned, the one who is actually guilty will always get defensive 😉

      My best regards,

      Xaric

  3. Apparently, when you hate your job quitting it and then applying to other jobs is no big deal.

    In reality, when you have financial obligations and no other options at hand, you will hesitate to make the decision and quit your job. However, when you feel confident and you have enough skill and previous experience chances are that you’ll be employed again in no time.

    And you are right! When it comes to job interviews, obviously confidence, appearance and knowing how to express oneself are important things.

    ~Shirian

    1. I don’t really believe that it would be wise for someone who has trouble finding another job while working at one to quit their job before actually finding a new one.

      This will make the situation much harder, the stress levels are going to increase, they will seem desperate during their interviews and they might end up taking a job which would be as bad or even worse than the one they quit.

      Obviously, this article is addressed to those who are not able to confidently find a job whenever they might need it.

      My regards,

      Xaric

  4. Hey Xaric, that was an awesome read. 

    I can relate to everything in it.

    No one wants to keep jumping from job to job and getting nowhere so I believe that it would be much easier to earn your living another way, maybe start a business or freelancing or something… 

    I am currently trying to figure out my course of action…

    1. I am glad you liked it… But not all people are destined to build businesses and become freelancers… The majority of people will still prefer having a “stable” job over devoting huge chunks of their time and effort into building a business or having to go after clients to make ends meet as freelancers.

      Are you currently working a job or not? What’s a draft of your course of action until now?

  5. Finally and article with some teeth and that tells it like it is. I’m vicariously responding to this article on behalf of my third born. Now, I love him and that’s unconditional but he needs to read this and watch those videos because they might just get the “veil of I can’t” lifted from his eyes. His two older brothers must have swallowed a different book as they ‘eat’ jobs like they’ve not eaten in months. You’re right about the excuses, so very true. I’ve never been bothered by them losing their jobs or just leaving because usually within a week or two they’re starting another one. 

    If you can’t find a job that needs your skill set then either retrain or start any job at the bottom and work your way up. I’ve done that more times than I care to mention. Employers will see potential though, even if it’s just from you knocking on the bosses door and saying ‘What’s next ?’ rather than finishing what you’re doing and sneaking around the back for a sit-down. Sometimes you just have to get out there and make it happen like you said there’s plenty of other candidates that are vying for the same position.

    1. I am glad that you found this valuable Twack. I can sense that you must be a great parent. Being open-minded about the lives that your kids live must not be an easy task. Unfortunately, my parents are not that way. They get stressed a lot about my financial future even if I am not stressed about it and then I get stressed about the fact that my parents got stressed because of me. 

      But I’ve found a solution to that. I simply don’t let them know anything about my employment status anymore. They are much better off staying in the dark than burdening themselves with my own choices. And now, I can also make choices which are in favor of my well-being without thinking that I might let them down. 

      I can’t even imagine how depressed they would be if they found out that I quit my last job without having anything lined up.

      Anyway, you are absolutely right that employers appreciate an attitude of “I’ll deal with any kind of task you give me in the best possible way”. This is the attitude of a go-getter and employers love those kinds of people.

      Thanks for taking the time to read this and drop a comment.

      Xaric

  6. Regarding your question when I was looking for a job it took me 2 years to find one because most mistakes that you listed in your post is what I kept unknowingly doing.

    The most common mistake I did is that I used to aim for jobs that were more than my qualification. Also, I didn’t apply for enough jobs and I was constantly complaining.

    Although now I am not looking for a job because I have started my online business with Wealthy Affiliate just like you, I think anyone who has trouble finding a job could use your tips to make corrections so that they can find that job much faster.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience and story with us!

      I hope that everything unfolds as you wish with your online business and Wealthy Affiliate.

      My best to you,

      Xaric

  7. I really used to enjoy the job prior to the one I have now. They say if you enjoy your job you will most likely be more productive. I liked my previous job so much that I stayed there for 20+ years. But too much of a good thing can get you burnt out after a while.

    I was fortunate to know about a local transportation job that was hiring and thought that driving people around would be a much easier job. I will get to meet people and see new areas of my state. But my hours are long, I do not feel that safe when going into rundown urban areas, and in my state (NJ), lunch breaks are not required for anyone over 18.

    I am now looking for a new job because I cannot take all of this work with no breaks five days a week. I really like your suggestion of starting a side hustle. I think something online would be a great place to start. I realize it takes time to get an income to replace the one I have now. Do you think I can achieve that within 2 years if I work a few hours building it every day?

    1. Yeah, I’ve heard of people leaving jobs they enjoyed for some reason… I guess, the grass always seems greener on the other side?

      Are you serious about the lunch breaks? I literally can’t keep myself focused on my work if my stomach is empty…

      To answer your question, it really depends on the side hustle, your work ethic, the time you devote, etc. No one could possibly tell you if you will be able to earn a full-time living through your side hustle in less than 2 years from now.

      It could be a possibility but it mainly depends on you.

      Freelancing is one of the fastest ways to earn money online… If you have a skill that is in demand online (web design, writing, SEO, video editing, etc), then you might be able to make some money faster than let’s say starting a dropshipping or an affiliate marketing business of your own.

      I think that you might find my article 15 Ways To Replace Your Income In Order To Quit Your Job In 2019 helpful…

      Hopefully, this helps you out!

      Xaric

  8. I was at the brick of job hunting after my first degree before I had an internship opportunity leading to employment. I was very excited to have skipped that experience of job hunt although it’s worth it in sharing with the young ones. Few months into the internship, I felt like the company wasn’t the right place for me to stay but it was hard to be blunt with my Supervisor. 

    All that while the management was planning an interview to cement my position in the company but I wasn’t decided within myself. While thinking of how to turn down the offer, nature presented itself the right moment where I had admission to further my education. Since then, I decided to search for ways to make money online and not find myself in that position again. 

    However, thanks for the insights you provided through your article.  

    1. That’s an awesome story there DerrAd… 

      Thanks a lot for sharing and I hope that you manage to figure out your way to earning your living online.

      My best wishes, 

      Xaric

  9. Great article, I like how you emphasise that a person has to take responsibility for why they’re not able to find a new job that they like. 

    One other thing I would add is the importance of networking. 

    Most jobs are landed through some sort of connection, whether it’s a former colleague, a co-worker’s sibling, a neighbour’s college roommate, etc. 

    Networking expands the possibilities and reach of any job search.  But, it’s important not to just run and ask your contacts for help when you’re desperate – you have to cultivate and maintain connections with people (and look for ways you can add value for them) as part of your regular routine, so they’re more inclined to want to help you if you ever need it.  Give to receive, as they say.

    Anyway, I enjoyed reading this, thank you.

    1. Awesome advice Jordan. 

      In fact, maintaining an expanded but healthy network of people could help you advance in a lot of aspects of your life. But you have to be proactive… You have to keep cultivating it like a fruit-garden. Because if you don’t, when the time comes that you need the fruit, there will be none because everything will be withered.

      I know of people who are great at networking and opportunities seems to pop up out of nowhere for them. I am a terrible networker possibly due to being introverted… But nonetheless, I made it out of a job I hated 🙂

      Thanks a lot for the advice! I am sure that many people might find it extremely valuable!

      My best regards,

      Xaric

  10. Reading this it has made me realize that I need to update my resume. I have applied for several jobs and I have not gotten a phone call from most of them. I have not really thought of my resume as the problem but it seems I really do need to update it. There is something about sending out resumes and not getting called for interviews. It leaves a sought of bad feeling in my tummy that I am probably not good enough.

    1. You ARE good enough Jay! Your resume might not be 😛

      I absolutely understand that it’s extremely frustrating to keep sending resumes and not getting called for any interviews whatsoever. I’ve been through this exact same feeling infinite times, especially when I first started looking for another job but you have to get past that if you want to make things work for you.

      Rejection is part of the game. It isn’t game over. It’s just a sign that you need to improve upon something in order to get the job you want.

      Start with your resume… Once I upgraded my resume, everything changed for me. I was actually stunned that so many people wanted to see me in person. After a couple of months I was convinced that I was good enough to get most of the jobs I wanted.

      Now, I am working part-time at a job I love which has nothing to do with what I had studied in college and nothing to do with my previous work experience. To tell you the truth, I landed it solely based on knowing how to sell myself through my resume and during the interview as well as having acquired the necessary skills for the job through online trainings, no certifications or anything.

      I am currently there part-time because my employer wanted to “test drive” me before hiring me full-time. I am doing pretty good until now and I think I am going to make it 🙂

      And all of that happened because I had faith that I could make it, and I never gave up even when my faith was being shaken.

      I hope this helps!

      Xaric

  11. Wow! This is a very interesting article and surely, it’s of great benefit to me.

    I quit my job some months back and it is becoming too difficult to get another one…

    Things are getting really out of hand right now because I’m running pretty low on cash these days. I think I need to pay more attention to the tips you have given here. Seriously, I never bothered to pay attention to things like resume and not applying to enough jobs.

    This is rather new to me.

    1. Hey Ro,

      I totally understand… Since you don’t have a job right now you’ve got all the free time to do what’s necessary to get one, even a much better that your previous one.

      The internet is your best friend right now… Go online and find all the information you require to improve your resume.

      When you are done upgrading it, start applying to job openings non-stop. In the meantime, find tips to improve your job interview skills and be prepared for when potential employers call you to meet up with them.

      When they are out of a job, many people tend to lose their will to take action and procrastinate. Maybe it’s because they see it as a chance to rest for a while!?

      Just so you know, there are other ways to earn a full-time living besides working a normal job. Maybe you should start considering trying out one of them.

      If you require any further help, please don’t hesitate to leave another comment.

      My best wishes,

      Xaric

  12. Have you been to the Philippines? 

    I wonder why people here love their jobs so much, even the more senior ones, they seem like never getting tired working for a company or the government. 

    When I tried convincing some of the folks here to quit their jobs, they laughed at me and thought I’m crazy. But then, being a person who’s oriented with what’s happening in the West particularly in the U.S. where a lot of people want to quit their jobs, I stick to this belief of looking for freedom by starting a part-time business.

    Soon, when the time comes that the income I’m generating from my part-time business supersedes my salary, then that’s the time to consider quitting my job.

    1. Nope, I have never been to the Philippines and I didn’t really know that people there love their jobs so much…

      Working your current job in order to have a steady salary until you are making enough money to cover your needs through your business is a smart move.

      This was my initial plan as well but I ended up quitting my last job without having anything else lined up and without earning a full-time income through my business just yet…

      Now all my time goes into growing my online business and I can actually see it improving day in and day out…

      Hopefully, everything will work out for both of us 🙂

      My best to you,

      Xaric

  13. Like you, I am having a side hustle and I plan to quit my current job when I make enough money through it to pay my bills. 

    People want to quit their jobs for different reasons, for me, it’s because I’m not getting enough I want to myself and I know working from home will help me regulate that. 

    1. Thanks for sharing!

      I didn’t really get what you mean by “not getting enough I want to myself” but I hope that you achieve all the goals you are after.

      Xaric

  14. I believe that there are many mistakes that are holding me back when it comes to looking for, and finding a new job at the moment…but one stands out above the rest – I have a habit for going for jobs I am not qualified enough for, as I believe that I can nail the position. 

    There’s nothing wrong with self confidence – but there is a tipping point, and I go over this more often than not. How would you suggest keeping your self confidence, and being realistic at the same time?

    1. Well, realistic is very subjective as you can never know what an employer is going to be looking for in a potential employee. 

      During my time, I have been offered several jobs which I barely qualified for because my interviews went great… I was friendly, I had a very confident vibe, and I always showed everyone that even if I didn’t know how to do something I would be thrilled to learn how to do it.

      So, basically, even if you don’t qualify for a job per se, the potential employer might see things in you and your character which make you the ideal candidate for the job. 

      However, if you want to increase your chances of finding another job faster, you should either try applying to jobs you qualify for or expand your skillset (attend classes, seminars, certifications, etc) until you qualify for the jobs you want to go after.

      There’s indeed nothing wrong with self-confidence but if at the same time there’s no self-awareness, you might end up being delusional…

      You might be very confident that you can beat Usain Bolt in 100 meters but that doesn’t mean that you will actually beat him even if you go against him 1000 times in a row.

  15. I just LOVE your no-BS writing style.  AWESOME!  Yes, the only one holding yourself back from getting a new job (or improving the one you have) is YOU!!

    One thing I might add to your interview skills section is to research the company that you are wanting to work for prior to the interview.  If you spend the whole time yammering about what YOU want, it gives the potential employer no idea that you know anything about his/her company and what they NEED!   Also, leave your negativity at the door.  When asked that all too usual question about why you want to leave your job, do NOT bad-mouth the company, boss, coworkers, etc.  After all, the potential employer is then going to believe (and probably rightly so) that if you don’t work out with this new company, you’ll probably do the same to them.

    I love the smooth transition you are making from your “side-hustle” into full-time online with your business!

    1. Dear Feochadan, 

      I am 100% sure that many people will find the interview tips that you provided very useful. In fact, I am thinking about including your comment as a quote within the article. I’ll see how I will manage to do that.

      My transition from side-hustle to full-time online is not as smooth as it seems… The journey is arduous, full of potholes, ups and downs, failures, and frustrations… But this is what somebody has to go through to become a successful entrepreneur.

      And to tell you the truth, I love the process as well as the subject I am writing about.

      Thank you for your kind words about my writing style! I am was never the kind of guy who sugarcoats the pill…

      Xaric

  16. Well said Xaric,

    I think applying for jobs every day would be best because even if we apply a lot, it’s the nature of corporate companies to linger because they can. I used to wait for this one company for 2 months only to get rejected and they never even bothered to tell me nor pick up my calls until I went to their office to ask. Know our worth, just apply for as many jobs as we can and take the fastest company that would accept us 😀

    1. This is a great insight Riaz!

      Thank you for sharing your job-hunting experience with us as well!

      Xaric

  17. Hi Xaric!

    I think many can relate to your post. However, I have to disagree with you, some people cannot find a job because of the country’s economic situation. 

    In my country, the unemployment rate has increased severely and it is not just because people are lazy to look for a job, taking into account that working is their only source of money. And maybe some people wouldn’t risk their jobs to have to live that kind of situation, where you cannot even cover yours and your family’s basic needs. 

    Besides all of these, I think the reasons you wrote about can apply for some people, especially the ones about having a bad resume. Many people don’t know how to make a good resume, or sometimes they don’t double-check everything’s ok, so this may be, in my opinion, one of the most common reasons why someone can’t find another job.

    Best, Mariana 

    1. Marianna, the country I live in is going through a very severe economic and political crisis since 2008… Jobs are indeed hardER to find but hard doesn’t mean impossible.

      And yes people are too lazy to look for a job… When someone tells me that there are no jobs when he hasn’t even looked for one for 10 years, he is indeed lazy! When someone tells me that they can’t find another job and they keep passing job interviews to go home and watch TV or go out for drinks, they are indeed lazy.

      The one thing I know is that if you really want to improve a bad situation you’ll do whatever it takes to improve it. If your country is in a bad state, it might take longer and you might need to work harder until you land that new job… So what? Isn’t being happier with what you do for a living worth all the trouble?

      I am telling you all that because I have friends who were supposed to hate their job, they constantly complained about it but when the time came to start looking for a job, they went to 2 interviews, gave up, and then kept telling other people that they weren’t able to find another job… This isn’t what looking for a job looks like… This is what mocking yourself and those around you looks like.

      Lastly, the fact that a person isn’t willing to take a risk for the sake of improving their situation has nothing to do with not being able to find a new job. In fact, it’s just another excuse to stay put because they are too afraid.

      The best things in life exist outside of our comfort zones.

      I would absolutely love to see a reply from you! I love those kinds of conversations 🙂

  18. I honestly hated my full-time job, because I worked long hours and was always exhausted at night. I never had time for my husband, until I quit my full-time job to build my own business online.

    I tried to find jobs that require fewer hours of work, but I never qualified for most of them just as you mentioned. That’s just how it works if you have to work for someone else.

    So I’d rather become my own boss.

    1. I couldn’t agree more with you… When you work for someone else you are at their mercy, you don’t call the shots, you are not in control of your own life.

      I’m working towards becoming my own boss as well right now and despite being hard as hell, I truly believe that the end result is going to worth all the time and energy I’ve invested.

      Working for yourself is the only way to ensure that you are not going to hate what you do for a living.

  19. Thanks for this post. I hated a job that I had for almost 4 years and got stuck through it because I had to. 

    I happened to be the breadwinner of my family at that time and when you are counted on, you make due. 

    Currently I’m  looking for a passive income (that can help me save a good amount of money to quit my current job) and this post came at the right time. I might have to quit my job sooner than later (though it’s not as bad as the first I had).

    1. Well, when your family counts on you, things are somewhat more complicated. Thankfully, no one counts on me besides myself.

      Nonetheless, making a living isn’t tied with working a job you hate. You can earn your living just as easily by doing something you don’t hate or even better, something you enjoy.

      You said that you hated a job that you had for almost 4 years… Why did you stick with it so long? As it seems you were perfectly able to earn your living by working another job which based on what you said is not as bad as the first one…

      Excuses maybe?? 😛

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