Have you ever been frustrated, stressed, sad and angry at the same time? Today I want to talk about a very delicate topic and only if you have faced it you can really understand it. But, when this emotional roller coaster it’s most likely to occur?
During my experience I’ve seen two different situations:
- If you are a recent college graduate, in an entry level position you sometimes can feel left out the action
- If you are experienced but stuck in a job that doesn’t motivate you enough.
It was a struggle to feel like all my skills, proudly displayed on my resume, rarely crept into my day-to-day routine of responding politely to passive-aggressive emails, entering information into databases, and spending my life on Excels. In other words, I’m going to tell you my experience and how I became a rock star in my uninspiring job: it wasn’t my dream job but it helped me to grow.
So, if you’re stuck in an uninspiring job, don’t let it go to waste and read the following 4 ideas that you can use in order to get the most out of your position now.
1. Be Professional
I understand perfectly that if you don’t love your job, it can be easy to get a lack of professionalism. What does it matter if you show up late or if you don’t dress properly?
Big mistakes! No matter how jaded you’ve become by your to-do list, or how much you hate the voice of your co-worker, it’s very important to show up on time, wear something sharp, and avoid your Instagram or Facebook like the plague.
I’ve personally discovered that when I acted like a professional, I suddenly felt like my work was a lot more valuable. Be the active and proactive part of the team will help you to boost your confidence and you’ll begin to see yourself highly capable and motivated.
2. Search continuously for new opportunity in little things
Even if your job seems so boring, a different and unexpected task relative to your usual day-to-day could be pretty exciting.
Basically, the point is: when you get a task that is a little bit different compared to your day-by-day activities and responsibilities you have the opportunity to show your potential, so use your whole mind and do it with a smile.
3. Share your talents
When you join a new team, colleagues can be so engrained in their routines that they don’t think to ask for your help or expertise.
Here, your vision can be a breath of fresh air! Your point of view is different from theirs and it represents a big advantage for you because you have the possibility to propose new idea.
At my first job, I was able to propose a lot of enhancements starting from the creation of excel-tool arriving to the re-engineering of the processes and of the tools used.
Don’t be afraid to let co-workers know how you could contribute! Finding opportunities to help in ways you’re excited about will make this job feel more relevant to your future, and it may even get you noticed by someone who doesn’t see your work day-to-day.
4. Remember to Keep Your Eyes on the Final Prize
Don’t ever forget why you are doing it: increase your experience level, your skills, and also your networks that will put you in reach of that next, more fulfilling job. Read about people who are in positions you admire and learn about them and how they succeed in their careers. Figure out what types of professional development will position you for your dream job, and make time outside of your 9-to-6 to do it.
Grow, grow and grow! Improve yourself continuously and don’t forget that you have to update your knowledge in order to stay in the market.
No, probably your ideal job is far away, and you won’t get it immediately, but taking even small steps to move toward it can help you feel empowered about your future!
Remember that, even if you are doing an uninspiring work (and nobody want to work to these conditions!), you’re growing every day, you are refining your understanding of what you would and would not want in your next job, expanding your network, and deepening your industry knowledge. Moreover, you are probably building a lot of important skill sets for your future career, like organization, prioritization, and effective communication.
Maybe now you don’t appreciate the importance of that, but you will be thankful for all the things that you are learning, once you have that super dynamic and high-responsibility job you’ve always dreamed of.