You read that right…
I finally quit my miserable job and I couldn’t be happier…
Well, I could have been happier if I had actually quit it to go full time on my online business but I actually quit it because I found another, more tolerable job.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining… This a big step for me as well, because I was longing for that moment for almost 2 years. So, here I am, sharing with you this part of my story as well as some tips that might help you escape the job you hate for so long yourself.
By the way, there’s not a single chance I am postponing or quitting my entrepreneurial dream. My ultimate goal is to quit all jobs and work for myself for the rest of my life and I will never stop until I reach it. But until that happens, I have to have a way to make some money to buy food and stuff 😛
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Moving on, I would like to start by letting you know why I actually hated my last job.
Why I Hated My Last Job
My last job was an entry job in a large global corporation. The position was in the customer service department of the company and I was handling the service failures, complaints, compensations, service recoveries, etc. I called my job “The Scapegoat”. I was basically the one on whom angry customers would lash out for a mistake that someone else in the company made while trying to make everything right myself.
The company was very good and legit. The coworkers were nice and normal. The pay was decent and on-time. Basically, everything was as perfect as it could be except for my job duties. I really fucking hated them to the very depths of my soul. We had to deal with angry and irrational customers all day long and we had to apologize for mistakes that were absolutely out of our reach and completely out of our control.
The workload was awfully heavy as well. We didn’t have time to catch our breath and we even left tons of tasks unfulfilled daily. This resulted in having to apologize to more angry customers every single day for not being able to give them the attention they needed and resolve our service failures on time.
Anyway, this went on for about 2 years before I found this new job and left.
My initial plan was to just “hang in there” until I was earning a full-time income through my online business but this required a lot more time and I just couldn’t hold it together any longer.
I was constantly exhausted, I was neglecting my health and my relationships with my family and friends, and the quality of my online business kept decreasing over time.
So, as a measure to counter my situation before my entire life blows up on my face, I went for another more tolerable job.
This new job is exactly what I was after… A normal, boring desk job. Let me tell you that having a boring job is much better than having a job which squeezes the soul out of you. At least this is the case for me. I am in this job for 2 weeks now and my entire life has already started falling together.
How Long It Took Me To Find Another Job
First of all, I want to point out that the country I live in is going through a severe economic crisis for the last few years and good jobs that pay a decent salary on time are very hard to find.
My previous job was at a large global corporation which most of the people that I know wouldn’t even dare to think of leaving due to the safety, benefits, and stability that it provided in a rather unstable national environment.
Nevertheless, it took me less than a year to find a better job (according to my own tastes) and I wasn’t even trying that hard. I was applying to 3-7 new job positions per month and I was going to 1-4 interviews per month on average.
Nearly 50% of the jobs I interviewed for wanted to hire me. So basically, I had the luxury to choose the job which was the best according to what I was looking for instead of jumping to another equally bad job out of necessity to quit my old one.
If your country’s economic state is not as bad as mine and you are willing to apply to more job positions as well as attend more interviews per month, you’ll most probably be able to find another better job much faster than me.
So yeah, you are not as helpless as you might be thinking.
All you have to do is get out there and start looking and eventually you’ll land a job that’s better than your current one.
Here are some tips and insights that I got while looking for another job which might help you out during your job hunt.
7 Tips Towards Landing a Better Job
1 • Determine What You Hate About Your Current Job
The first step to finding a better job is to figure out what you don’t like or hate about your current one.
This way you’ll save tons of time and energy because you’ll know what you should be looking for in your next job. Also, you’ll ensure that you won’t end up working an equally shitty job.
For example, there were two things that I hated in my previous job:
- My duties
- The ridiculously heavy workload
So, I started applying to job positions with different duties but which at the same time could utilize the skills that I had already acquired and cultivated from my previous job. Moreover, I was only applying to smaller companies (I really hate the corporate, faceless environment. Plus, a smaller company’s workload should be lower).
Step 1: Determine exactly what you hate about your current job
Step 2: Avoid all jobs which seem to come with all those things you hate about your current job
That’s exactly what I did and so far it seems that it turned out a success. Do that yourself, and you should be fine.
2 • Be Willing to Make Sacrifices
Every job has its pros and cons.
I am pretty sure that despite needing to quit your job more than breathing itself, ultimately it’s not all bad right? Maybe it’s close to where you live. Maybe you like your coworkers. Or maybe you like the fact that you are working a morning shift.
However, no two jobs are identical.
Some of the aspects that you liked about your old job are probably going to have to change once you get a new job and you have to be willing to give some of them up in the name of finding a job that suits you better. If you don’t do that, you’ll probably end up rejecting most jobs which are willing to hire you.
For example, as I stated earlier, what mattered to me the most was to find a job with tolerable duties and a decent workload. If I did come across such a job and they were willing to hire me, I wouldn’t mind working for a little less money, driving a little bit further (my old job was 5 minutes from my house), or working earlier in the morning.
This opened up a ton of new job possibilities and made it much easier for me to actually decide to make the leap and leave my old job for the new one.
3 • Update And Improve Your Resume
The first thing that you need to do before you even start applying to other job positions is to update your resume.
When I first started applying to other job positions I used an old, outdated and truthfully awful resume and it’s no surprise that I got almost no callbacks from any of those jobs.
Thankfully, I became aware of my mistake relatively fast, I updated and improved my resume, and once I did I got calls for scheduling an interview from at least 3 out of 5 jobs that I applied.
Some tips to improve your resume:
- Make it minimal
- Include all your previous work experience
- Make it unique. I included a work-related “favorite quote” section which was something that caught the eye of my recruiters
- Mention 3-5 activities or hobbies of yours at the bottom of your resume
- Use bullet points
- Don’t elaborate too much. Be concise and to the point
- Describe 4-5 of the duties you had on your previous jobs (for example, I used to work as a warehouse clerk. Under the job description I used bullet points to include my duties such as scanning, sorting, re-weighting, checking import and export documentation, etc)
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Be careful to never lie in your resume because first of all, if someone ends up hiring you based on fake information, they will absolutely figure out that you lied.
Secondly, when they figure out that you don’t display the necessary skills, they will most probably fire you and you’ll have to start all over again, you have wasted time and energy, and it’s probable that you hurt your reputation as well.
Same goes for lying during your interviews.
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4 • Don’t Apply to Jobs that You Don’t Qualify for
Basically, you can apply to any job that you want. However, it would be a smart move to only apply to jobs that you qualify for.
This way you’ll save time, energy, and frustration from going to job interviews which are going to reject you if you even get any callbacks in the first place.
5 • Go Part-Time
It’s true that finding another job is very hard if you are already working another job, especially the “attending to a job interview” part.
Besides that it’s exhausting, there will be times when a recruiter would like to meet you at some time during your current job’s work shift.
Sure you can ask for a reschedule, an afternoon or a Saturday interview but that will almost never take place. They will simply hire someone else instead of you.
This actually happened to me a few times until I decided to go part-time at my current job, to have more free time and energy to invest in finding another job.
Before going part-time consider if your company actually has any part-time positions that you could cover.
Also, be aware that your company might see through your devious plan and fire you. If they ask you why you want to go part-time, you can tell them due to personal or family reasons. I actually told them that I am working a part-time job from home and I don’t really need to hold a full-time position at the company anymore.
Lastly, ask to be demoted only if you are sure that you want to quit your job and only if you are willing to actually use your extra free time to find a better one because once you go part-time chances are that you will not be able to return to full-time if needed, at least not in the near future.
6 • Don’t State that You Hated Your Old Job
“Why do you want to leave your current job?”
I was asked the question above in every single job interview that I attended and this is probably going to be the case for you as well.
So, prepare yourself to give a solid answer because it can make a huge difference between getting this new job or getting rejected. And for God’s sake don’t tell them that you didn’t like or that you hated your old job.
It’s way better to give them a general and neutral answer which doesn’t leave them much space for follow-up questions such as:
- There was no growth potential
- I want to cultivate some new skills and your company seems like the right place to do so
- I would like to leverage the skills that I’ve learned so far in a different work environment
- It was about time to leave my comfort zone and take a risk to improve my life
Or you could just make something up. Basically, anything that doesn’t imply that you fucking hate your current job should be okay.
7 • Be Patient and Don’t Make Rash Decisions
If leaving your job is something that you are just thinking about for now and you can hang in there for a couple more years, maybe you need to start considering alternate options that have the potential to make you even happier than just finding another job.
For example, you could start your own business around a passion of yours. Or learn and hone a certain, valuable skill, and start offering it as a freelance worker either offline or online.
There actually exist many ways to replace your current income in order to quit your job.
However, there will be people, just like me, who’ll feel that the stress and pressure working an awful job is just unbearable. If you’re one of those people, if you just had enough and staying at your current job for another 6 months is making want to kill yourself or your boss or your dog, and if you just can’t quit your job cold-turkey because you need the money and stuff, then going for another more tolerable job should be your first priority. And after you manage to achieve your first goal, after you finally settle, start looking for ways to further improve your situation.
I know that you might think otherwise, but finding another job isn’t that hard after all. And I am stating that from the standpoint of a citizen of a country which is going through a severe economic crisis for the last few years.
The unemployment rate in my country is 20% which is actually the highest rate in Europe.
So, if I managed to find another job relatively easily under such conditions, it should be a piece of cake for you.
- Determine what you hate about your current job
- Be willing to make sacrifices
- Update and improve your resume
- Don’t apply to jobs that you don’t qualify for
- Go part-time
- Be patient and don’t make rash decisions
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Happy hunting 🙂
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