How to End a Toxic Relationship with Your Job

You’ve probably read countless magazine articles and blog posts about the dangers of toxic relationships. But what if the toxic relationship you’re in is with your job?

According to research from LinkedIn, 81% of those surveyed agreed we should be very or mostly happy at work, yet a majority (60%) have stayed at a job even though they knew they should probably leave. So, what do you do if you’re not in love with your job – and how do you find the right one for you?

Read the Signs

Whether you’re in a new role or have been at your company for a while, it’s important to know when it’s time to move on. Three telltale signs are not enjoying the work, not feeling a strong sense of purpose, and not feeling valued by their team. If you recognize these signs, it may be time to consider your next move. Identify what you’re missing and start looking for a new role that has it.

When Breaking Up Isn’t Your Decision

We don’t always have the luxury of deciding when it’s time to leave a job – sometimes, that decision is made for us. The good news is a forced change can be full of opportunity. More than one-third of professionals surveyed by LinkedIn experienced positive changes after being laid off or fired. They either found a better fit or changed careers altogether. To get similar results, update your career profile to include your latest experience and show you’re open to new opportunities. Then, refresh your network connections by connecting with former co-workers.

Say Goodbye Gracefully

If you initiate the breakup, exit with grace and respect for your current employer. It’s important not to burn bridges, as you may need the connections at the job you’re leaving at some point. Give your manager at least two weeks’ notice, and be honest, polite, and positive during your exit interview.

Now Get Out There and Showcase Your Best Self

Start by looking for job opportunities that require skills you possess. If you’re not an exact skill match for a position you’re considering, don’t worry. Nearly three-quarters of recruiters hire candidates who don’t exactly match the skills or experience posted for a specific role. To improve your chances of being considered, demonstrate your skills that apply to the position, show success in previous roles, and highlight soft skills like creativity and teamwork. Finally, project confidence, intelligence, and a willingness to learn during your interview.

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