3 Things to Do Before Leaving a Job You Hate

3 Things to Do Before Leaving a Job You HateWe all have different reasons why we consider leaving a job. Sometimes it’s because we want to build a new career. Other times because we hate our boss. But one of the most common reasons is that we simply hate our jobs. But do you really have to immediately quit only because you hate your job? Or have you considered doing something to turn it around?


Before you start updating your resume and starting on a new job search journey, it might be worth looking into your current job situation closely and assess whether or not something can be done to improve it. The thing is if you can pinpoint the problem, chances are, you might still be able to turn things around. So what should you really do before leaving a job you hate?

Weigh the pros and cons of your role
There’s no such thing as a perfect job. Even if you love your job with all your heart, there would still be some little things about it that you probably dislike. This is what you need to identify at this point.

Try to reflect and think about the areas in your job that you love as well as the ones you hate. Ask yourself which tasks have you always been excited to tackle? Which ones do you dread the most? Are you still learning and growing from your current role?

Ask yourself these questions so you can determine whether or not the good still outweighs the negative things about your job. Because maybe, you’ll realize that your job isn’t that bad after all.

Talk to your manager
Your manager is the person who should be able to guide and support you in your role. If there’s any area about your job you are unhappy about, it could help if you’d take the time to reach out to your manager.

Have a conversation about how you feel about your role. They may be able to do something to adjust your role or tasks so as to increase your motivation and job satisfaction.

Change your perspective
Like they always say, life is a matter of perspective. The same thing holds true when it comes to your job. You may hate your job right now and you may have the right reasons to. But shifting your perspective to something positive will make a world of difference for you.

Staying optimistic is indeed easier said than done but you might have been focusing on the negative side of your job. Remember that there’s no such thing as a perfect career and when you switch to a new one, chances are it will also come along with certain things you may not entirely like. How about change the way you look at things? That instead of hating the fact that your workload never seems to run out, look at it as opportunities to refine your skills? Or that instead of hating your boss for throwing too many tasks your way, maybe you just have to think that he does it because no one else in the team does it better than you do?


We all find ourselves hating our jobs at some point in our lives. But before quickly switching to a new one, try to turn things around so you don’t end up regretting your decision.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.