Not everyone loves their jobs all the time, and sometimes we’re in jobs or companies where you felt it was a completely drag. Maybe you’ve convinced yourself that you learnt absolutely nothing from it, your talent and potential was wasted, or maybe you left on bad terms. So if you’re not loving your job right now, or you’re dreading talking about it for an upcoming interview, here are 6 ways to be more constructive and positive about your experiences.
- Believe that you can learn from any experience you encounter and take from it what you need to grow and be better. This is part of how you navigate your career journey. Sometimes there’ll be smooth, fast-track motorways and sometimes you’ll encounter bumpy, meandering B-roads! Take ownership of the decisions you’ve made and the experiences you’ve had – they will all give you clues as to what drives and motivates you towards a more satisfying life and career.
- Neutralise the emotion of what made you unhappy in the role by focusing on what you did and what you achieved from it. Consider how the insight and skills could be of benefit to your next job.
- Never talk badly of your previous company or colleagues. Be mindful of who you talk to and what you say about your job, particularly online, as many recruiters look at your online footprint. If you posted a ranting tweet or disparaging facebook post, then:
- you’re opening yourself up to complaint and potential legal implications,
- you’re not thinking about how it could impact on your possible future references and networking opportunities and
- recruiters would not be impressed by your lack of professionalism and attitude. How do they know you’re not going to rant about them or their clients?
- Avoid missing jobs off your application. You may be resistant to including a job on your CV, because you only worked there for a few days, perhaps it was a temporary/casual contract, or it was a really long time ago. You may then choose to not include it or refer very briefly about it. Yet, this is dependent on how long you’ve been in the job for and the relevance of the experience to future roles. The risk you run of missing jobs off your employment history is that it can create suspicious looking holes which invite a recruiter to query it with you.
- Never lie or mislead a recruiter by creating a false impression about your work by pretending it was great or you were a high performing star of the company if you actually weren’t. Integrity and authenticity are attractive to any recruiter.
- Be clear what the next role can offer you that perhaps your previous one couldn’t. This could be the chance to progress your career, learn new skills, work in a different sector, take on more challenge or responsibility, manage a team, easier commuting, able to work more flexibly… People accept and leave jobs for all sorts of reasons. Understanding your ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ for moving jobs can be part of the process of reflecting what your next job can offer you.