Have you ever worked in an environment so toxic, you just knew you had to get out? But you couldn’t get out…because you needed the job. I’ve been there. Most people have. But there is something you can do about it.

9 Actions to Take Today if You’re Stuck in a Job You Hate

Have you ever said, “I can’t afford to lose this job.” You stayed in a job you hate and it made you absolutely miserable. Maybe that describes you right now. Well, if that is you, I’m here to help.

The fact is that when you are stuck in a job you hate, it is almost impossible to fulfill your purpose and do what you’ve been called to do.

When you say the words, “I can’t afford to lose this job,” what you are really saying is: “I have no backup plan.”  It means your network is ice cold, that your name is not out in the community at all, and that no one has recently reached out to you about a job prospect. (That is the ultimate sign of a warm network and good visibility…when others are constantly reaching out to you about working for them or others)

So, what do you do when you need a new job and your network is as cold as ice? Well, that’s what today’s episode is all about.

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What advice would you give to someone stuck in a job he or she hates?

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  1. Adam Witmer says:

    Great topic, Matt. Building a warm network is such an important, and often overlooked aspect of career building.

    To offer a slightly different perspective, as a consultant I see so many people become complacent in their positions – not realizing they can change the situation.

    I have found that being intentional in what you want is one of the best things you can do in your job. We often don’t realize how much we – yes we – can shape our positions in whatever way we want. Therefore, if we are miserable, this can sometimes be attributed to the fact that this is what we have made it.

    Now of course, some bosses, colleagues, and environments are toxic. But many times we actually do have the power to make our positions the job we want. By being intentional in what we want.

    Again, great post and keep up the amazing work.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Good point Adam. Reminds me of someone I know that said “They cut my hours. I can’t pay my bills now.”

      I don’t know how to process that sometimes. Doesn’t “they cut my hours” mean “I need to blow some snow/cut some lawns/deliver some pizzas/sell some stuff?”

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