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There is nothing worse than going to work every day and profoundly disliking what you do or the people with whom you work.  It is like a cancer that eats away at your soul.  It destroys happiness. While many people turn to cannabis products from websites like bmwo to help relieve their depression, this is not a long term solution to job misery and there may be a tough decision ahead.

If you find yourself in this position, the best advice I can give is to fix the problem internally.  If that is not possible, develop an exit strategy.  Or, you may need to consider the possibility that instead of changing jobs, you may need to consider changing careers.  

You must have a plan.  People who trust that everything will work out find that everything usually DOES NOT always work out, especially when it comes to careers.  If the problem that fuels your unhappiness is systemic, one over which you have little or no control, then EXIT SIGN leaving may be the only pathway to a return to happiness. This is why you constantly network. The career network you build can be an important and confidential source of leads for a new job.

As you interact with recruiters, ask whether they are retained or contingent.  The majority of search consultants in both categories are ethical but some contingent recruiters, pressured to produce commissions, may be tempted to “shop” your resume and that is not a particularly good thing for managers and executives who must be sensitive to the concepts of personal brand management.  Be vigilant.  People anxious to get out of a job they do not like are not always in full control of their emotions.  You do not want to fall victim to a lazy or overly aggressive recruiter.  Finally, be sure they know why, in the most positive terms, you want to make a job change.  Emphasize your accomplishments and the value you delivered. Your deep-seated unhappiness is not an attribute other employers want to hear about, much less hire.

In preparing for an interview, be sure you have carefully thought out questions you want to ask to avoid finding yourself in a new job with some or all of the qualities that created the original unhappiness.  Many candidates for new jobs prolong their search because they fail to adequately prepare for an interview — researching the target company and practicing answers to potentially troublesome questions, etc. 

Overall, the best guide for executing a transition is to use common sense. For example, do NOT respond to blind advertisements, regardless of the reputation of the newspaper or job site. You may find yourself applying to your current employer, even for your job, because if you are that unhappy, it probably shows in your performance or the relationship you have with co-workers.

We spend 75 percent of our waking hours at work. It is a lopsided allocation of time that can affect us completely.  If you are so unhappy, the consequences can be significant.  Pay attention. Do not wait to execute a job transition until it is too late, personally or professionally.  

2010 John Gregory Self

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