Career Transition

How to Survive a Bad Job
and Get the Next One


Do you have a job you don’t love, or worse?

I help people at all levels of experience work through this tough process to get to where they want to be. If and when you decide it’s time to go, you want to go on your terms and leave the same good (or better!) impression that got you hired in the first place.

So here are your gotta dos…

  • As your coach, I’m telling you, it’s important to always do good work, even if it’s not the work you love. Up your game and impress your boss and co-workers, so no one can say you didn’t do your job.
  • Ask yourself what you like and hate about your job. What are you good at? Which areas need improvement? Whether you go or stay, this is vital information you need to get to the next step in your career.
  • If you actually like the work you’re doing but hate the environment you work in, look for someone you can connect with internally who may be able to help you improve your situation or migrate to another team where you can apply your strengths. Don’t be afraid to talk to HR to find out about internal opportunities.
  • If you have never been a networker before, you are about to become a pro. Make a list of people you know who are doing the kind of work you want to do. Find a mentor. This could be someone inside the company who is working within your area or an experienced manager outside the company who can offer objective feedback on making the transition to a new job without committing career suicide.
  • Pay attention to your physical health. Keep moving with some kind of fitness routine and keep your energy level up, so you don’t hit empty while you’re planning your next move.
  • Financial advisors say you should have a minimum 6-month, or ideally an 8-month reserve of savings set aside to cover your living expenses if you plan on quitting your job, or fear you may be laid off. If you don’t have that in savings, don’t panic. Figure out your monthly expenses and what resources you can set up while you’re still working. If you do have to make choices fast, make some tough decisions about the small luxuries you can live without. Planning ahead financially will give you some breathing room, so you can consider all of your options.

Most of all, be mindful of what is important for your success. That’s what I’ll be writing about in this blog, as I share some of the most frequently asked questions from my coaching seminars and college workshops this year.

About the Author

Jennifer Randolph is an author and consultant specializing in diversity management, organizational team building and development, strategic partnership development and career coaching. Her current book Coach on Call: A Practical Guide For Getting and Keeping the Job You Want, focuses on key tips to navigate the current job market and offers strategies for differentiating yourself from the competition.