Share Tweet Your parents probably tell you to pay your ‘dues’ in the work place. Maybe they tell you to stay with a specific company for a couple of years to make your CV look good. Your parents are wrong! That express train has since left the station and its 2013 now not 1985. Paying your dues is no longer necessary. I wrote a post recently about how long you should stay at a job however I was keen to tackle the myth and notion that you should stick at a job even if you hate it. This is completely untrue. The new job enthusiasm wears off: I’m sure everyone can relate with that sinking feeling. You start a new job, full of optimism and hope that it’s going to be the forever job. Two weeks into the role and the job is not quite the same as what you read on the job description. People around you are unhappy, your day to day role sucks ass and you are stuck with a false smile and enthusiasm when your friends ask ‘how it’s all going’. I’ve been there. I feel your pain. You can slowly feel the job happiness flowing from your veins; you notice things you disagree with, little things begin to plague you and you long for your previous role. Trust me….I know what you’re going through. So you’re now trapped in a situation and the unhappiness has well and truly kicked in. Your productivity begins to wane, you begin to take your troubles home, routines go out of the window, the depression means you become lethargic and stop doing the things you love. You long for 5:30pm. My experience: I did this and I sucked it up for 5 whole months while every day I longed to escape the job. “But it’s ‘Just a job’ surely you were happy when you were outside work?” Wrong!…..A job is a huge part of your life and takes up a vast proportion of your hours in a day; it has to be right, it has to be tolerable, it has to be you. It took me 5 months to swallow my pride and admit I’d made the wrong decision. It took 5 months for me to admit to my baby boomer parents that I wasn’t happy and wanted to move jobs again. It took 5 months of worrying about how recruiters would blacklist me forever as the first ever guy to dislike a job (That’s sarcasm). Finally I left the role and miraculously secured another position elsewhere. Recruiters and companies still loved me! Relief but apprehension of going through this again spread inside me. Was my worry worthwhile? No. Things always work out in the end. Why you should suck it up and quit: You can listen to my advice or you can ignore it. End of the day having a job you hate is certainly a talking point between friends every weekend. I mean what would we talk about if we all loved our jobs and lives? My advice would be not to wait 5 months, or two years or whatever the CV handbook ‘signifies’ as a well rounded CV. Bite the bullet, suck it up and find another role. Here’s why: Work is life, life is work: Work forms a huge portion of your life and therefore it makes sense to enjoy it or at least like it most of the time. If you genuinely hate your job then it’s going to affect everything as it’s such a huge bearing in one’s life, especially if you are a young professional wanting to forge a lifelong career. It’s certainly not worth the long term damage it can bring having a slight blemish on your CV. Home life: When you’re jacked off with work you are most certainly going to take it home. Partners, wives, housemates, children and so forth don’t really want to hear that shit. We want to know about what’s great in your life and not the misery of your work. Bad experiences at work typically domino to your home life. Nobody wants this. Future growth/ development: When you’re frustrated, stressed, depressed you lack the urge to develop and grow as an individual. Whether this is learning new material related to your job or challenging yourself day to day. Unhappiness will stump your career growth and in turn lessen you for future employment. Those who are unhappy usually stagnate and become less employable. Reduction in Work ethic: If you become unhappy somewhere then your work ethic decreases, you find yourself procrastinating day to day and that becomes the norm the longer you do that. This then becomes extremely difficult to shake long term. Unhappiness in a job leads to a reduction in performance and returning to where you were previously can be difficult ones a specific performance level becomes second nature to you. The longer you stay in this unhappy state of mind the less of an employable asset you become in so many areas. Of course I’m not advocating everyone starts a revolution and quits their jobs. It has to be done properly with the appropriate measures in place. What I will advocate however is the importance of job happiness irrespective of how long you’ve been with a company. Try get an understanding of the organisation and how they operate before you begin to find out whether you would fit into the dynamics of the company. If you are already in a role which you dislike and there are genuine opportunities elsewhere then don’t worry about the CV; worry about yourself. The CV will take care of itself yet your long term happiness may not.