Do You Kow How to Survive a Horrible Job?



Figuring Out What Is Wrong With It

We can all get caught in the turmoil when a good job turns into a horrible one. The key to surviving a horrible job is getting clear about what is going wrong. It comes down to one simple question ...

What is Wrong with Your Job?


So how do you start to figure out what is wrong? It starts with thinking about your job and putting a name on what is going on ... and what is going so horribly wrong.

Once you have identified the "what", it is time to find out the "how and why" behind your job going sour. A good place to start is by using the five common reasons jobs go bad to see if any apply to your situation. If not, just having a way to analyze what the problems could be may spark insights and lead you to discover the source of the problem.

Once you have a good idea of the problem, then you can decide what to do about it. And if you are having a series of not-so-dreamy jobs, understanding why you keep having problems is critical to avoiding horrible jobs in the future.

To figure out what went wrong, explore the five reasons, listed below with links to help you diagnose the problem.


Reason #1 - Missing Any of the Eight Elements of Work You Love

Some times we focus on one or two aspects of our dream job and think that any job that offers it is our "dream job". However, work you love has five major aspects. See if your dream job is missing any of them ...

If one of these was missing can you identify why? For example, did you have a boss that killed your passion for the job or did a company policy hold you back from being great?


Reason #2 - Missing a Key Ingredient of Your Dream Job

Work you love has nine kinds of ingredients. When you create your own description for your dream job, that may mean that you have 30+ essential ingredients. If you are missing some of them or have the wrong combination -- that could have cause problems.

To see if any are missing, you need to create a list of your personal ingredients. You can use our recipe to create your list. For an idea of what your list might look like, see the Before & After Example.


Reason #3 - A "Fly in the Ointment "

Sometimes one thing spoils a perfectly great job. To see if this is the problem, make a list of all the things that would spoil the job for you. If your list includes things that are a part of your job, you now know what the problem is.


Reason #4 - Your Dream Job Has Changed

Jobs and companies grow and evolve. Sometimes the needs of the company change and that affects your dream job. Some times it is hard to recognize and clearly define exactly what is changing and why. Sometimes it is very obvious, but we do not want to admit that our dream job is going bad or face how bad things are getting. So how do you assess if this is happening to your job?


Reason #5 - Mismatch Between Your Expectations And The Job

Sometimes the job advertised is not the one you end up working at. It could be the hiring manager did not know what the job involved or the needs of the company changed between when you were hired and started work.

Sometimes in all the excitement and hard work to prove yourself in your new job, it is hard to figure out exactly what went wrong. So take a few moments to look at where your expectations about your new job were not met.



The Next Step

Now that you have a better idea of what went wrong, take a few moments to read about dream jobs gone bad ...


What You Can Do about It

Avoiding Similar Jobs In the Future


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