The year is underway, and your January performance review (such as it was) is well behind you. You and your employer have come to an understanding about how much your salary will increase this year (not much) and how highly your work is valued by the company (not very). You’ve been given a list of areas in need of improvement, and you have a year in which to tackle these areas and polish the work-in-progress that this relationship seems to represent. Meanwhile, the snow is piling up, the days are dreary and grinding, and you’re haunted by an important question: Is this really the best way to use your talents and your time? This job is okay…but should you be aiming higher and looking for something a little better?There are plenty of reasons to say yes. And if there’s a better job out there for you, you can and should set off in search of it. But you also have another option: staying put. Here are four ways to start loving the job you have and taking your current relationship to a more fulfilling level.
1. Meet your boss halfway.
Yes, some of the expectations placed on you are unreasonable. And yes, some of the criticism that comes your way isn’t exactly fair. But recognize that your supervisor is a human being, not a flawless arbiter of justice. She has a job to do as well—managing you—and she’s doing it as well as she can. Besides, there’s a strong chance she’s just as underpaid and overworked as you are. Put yourself in her shoes for a minute. Everyone works hard to make this company function, not just you. If you try to make her job a little easier, your efforts will quickly pay off.
2. Make your sacrifices part of the equation.
If you travel two hours to get here each morning, or stay late every now and then, your boss might not know this. Even if you don’t want to brag about your sacrifices, keep track of them. Add them up in the balance sheet that helps you measure what you give to this job versus what you get back. Make them part of the equation that determines your value.
3. Give yourself credit for small victories.
Your boss might not know about the tiny daily ways in which you please and impress your customers, your coworkers and your direct reports. Small events take place each day in which your presence makes a difference to the company bottom line. You’re boosting morale, elevating the culture, making customers smile, and polishing the tiny details that help this place run. Give yourself credit for these little moves, even if nobody else does.
4. Try a little harder.
Yes, you work hard. You try hard. You give everything you have to this organization. But…do you really? “Hard” is a matter of perspective. No matter much you’re mentally and emotionally investing in this job, take a step back. There’s a strong chance you can squeeze a little more toothpaste out of that tube. Push your ego aside, let go of your stubbornness, and make an honest effort to dig a little deeper.As you renew your commitment to your current job, stay focused on the big picture and keep your eyes on the long term future. And remember, you can always change your mind. If you efforts and investments don’t seem to pay off in a few weeks or months, visit MyPerfectResume and start exploring your other options.