There's nothing that can suck the life out of your soul more than having a job that makes you completely miserable.
When you hate your job, it hurts just to wake up in the morning. Your time at work passes by so slowly that you have to ask yourself how this torture is even legal.
You begin to live for every viable second away from work, and you find yourself silently praying, before the day even begins, for the moment you can clock out.
If you're not happy, you should just leave, right?
But not everyone has the luxury of kicking over their desk and stomping out of a job with their middle fingers in the air.
Most of us have bills that need to be paid, and the way the job market is currently functioning, finding another job is easier said than done.
So, what do you do? You wait.
You apply to everything on every job search engine and wait for the perfect moment to make a break for it. This waiting period doesn't mean you have to give up and surrender yourself to the soul-sucking experience.
Instead, use your time wisely in order to maintain your sanity and cleverly advance yourself to greener pastures.
Here are a few ways to pass the time until you find a better job:
1. Make use of the law of attraction.
Although the concept of using the law of attraction has been around for years, "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrnes catapulted the idea back into the spotlight a few years back.
The law of attraction is the belief that positivity will attract positivity. People are now using this way of thinking to attract a career, relationship and just about any life goal they can apply it to.
I am a strong believer in the law of attraction. The mind has proven to be quite powerful, and I imagine that focus will only strengthen its ability.
It just makes sense that the world is filled with energy and that positive vibes can most certainly attract positive outcomes.
Why not use this practice to find yourself a new job?
Speak and visualize into existence what you want most in life. Implement these practices into your routine so the universe is constantly prompted to respond to the good energy that's oozing from you.
Mentally will your way into a better situation by imagining you are already there.
2. Create a vision board.
It's important to envision yourself in your new job.
There's no better way to visualize a better situation than having an actual image, and what better way to see this image then with a vision board?
A vision board is a collage of images that express what you want in life. Using the same law of attraction concept, a vision board helps you meditate on what you need in your life: a spanking new job.
But, your vision board shouldn't only be about your next job; it should conjure feelings of overall happiness. So, pick up some magazines and cut out pictures of the images that would best describe your ideal state of bliss.
Cut out a picture that reminds you of a new job, a few words that define what makes you happy and a few images of the peace you hope to feel, and paste it on a frame or cardboard.
The key is to hang up the vision board in a place where you will see it every day. That way you will reflect on where you need to be daily.
3. Revamp your resume.
The resume is basically your entrance application to your dream job.
It is the first image of you that a prospective employer sees, and if you want to make a good impression, it would be smart to put forward the best resume that you possibly can.
Take the time to dust your resume off and evaluate it for changes that will improve your chances of finding something better.
Look to add skills that you may have not updated since you last used your resume.
Strive to put forward the best version of yourself on paper to increase your chances of being selected from the masses of other applicants.
Knowing you have put together an organized and well-versed resume will give you the confidence to send it out and search for another position.
4. Search for other jobs.
There is no greater motivator than opening up a job search engine and seeing all the opportunity out there.
It's a reminder that you aren't doomed to stay in your current misery and that you have real, palpable options.
You may not get a call back from every job, but concentrating on a daily list of jobs to apply to and whipping up cover letter will keep you focused.
Get excited that you applied to five jobs today and plan on applying to eight tomorrow.
Make these your goals, and before you know it, you will have landed yourself a call, an interview and maybe even a new job.
5. Make a website.
Invest in a personal website so you can make it easier for prospective employers to see all that you have to offer.
A website can help show off your expertise in ways that your resume cannot. You can expand on your experience without limitations and even use visuals to further elaborate your value.
But the best part of having a personal website is how easy it is to share your work history with others.
Directing someone to an easy-to-remember website address will increase the chances they will review your online portfolio.
And if you print out business cards with your website, you can pass them out without having to worry about emailing a resume.
6. Work on obtaining new skills.
Is there some way you can make yourself even more of a desirable candidate?
Find online certifications, take local workshops or enroll in a class at a nearby college that would be beneficial to the position you aspire to work in.
If you can't find a class, why not try learning a new program that would be a useful asset? These additions will give your resume a boost and hopefully entice a future employer or hiring manager.
You can't go wrong with learning something new. Look at it as a way to better market yourself while, once again, you avert your focus away from your current employment hellhole.
7. Find the good in your day.
I know, I know, this is not an easy task.
When you're unhappy in the workplace, floating butterflies and pixie dust can't come close to brightening your day.
But remember, when you are feeling dejected, it can bring down everything around you.
Having a positive attitude about at least one thing a day could brighten your mood.
You don't know how long you're going to have to stick it out before you find better employment, and stewing in your suffering for an extended period of time isn't good for your mental health.
Make a project out of it by writing your positive moment of the day on paper and putting it in a jar.
If it takes a happiness jar to help enliven you, do it. Whenever you're feeling down, just pop out the jar and meditate on all of your blessings.
I found that whenever I left the workplace feeling down in the dumps, exercise would provide relief even on the worst of days.
I'm not just talking about a walk around the block. I mean some good, sweat-producing, adrenaline-pumping, endorphin-inducing exercise.
You have to love those endorphins! Try a spin class, a jog around the neighborhood, jumping jacks in the living room or anything that will get your heart pumping for more than 10 minutes at a time.
You will feel like you can accomplish anything after some good exercise, and then after a lengthy shower, it's off to dreamland, where all of the day jobs are fabulous.
9. Put the word out.
Tell everyone you're looking for a job. Tell your family, friends, the person that delivers your mail, the person you just met at the bus stop and anyone else that will listen.
Word of mouth is the easiest way to get a foot in the door.
If someone knows there is a new job opening, they will be sure to tell you if they know that you are looking.
You also never know what connections the people around you may have. Speaking to the right person could help you secure an interview faster than if you did it on your own.
10. Recite affirmations daily.
Another way to attract positivity into your circle is to repeat affirmations.
I find that repeating positive affirmations of what I will have and will do is remarkably calming.
Again, speaking your goals into existence is a form of practicing the law of attraction, but it can also be a way to cope during the moments when you feel like you can't take much more.
You know when you reach those breaking points that really test your patience? Repeat after me: I'm getting the hell out of this shit hole.
You are willing your future forward and reminding yourself it will get better.