How to Impress at a Job You Don’t Like
They say that it’s important to get yourself a job that you love. True, that’s the ideal scenario for all professionals. But realistically speaking, what you love doing can turn out to be something that’s not profitable or something that you don’t have the skills or talent for. You might love singing, but if you don’t have the voice for it, then you won’t be a successful singer no matter how hard you try.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Many people think that when you land a job you’re not too fond of, you need to quit it and go on finding THE ONE. But for the majority of job seekers, especially for virtual staff where the job pool is arguably smaller, finding the perfect job and keeping it for a long time is a rare occurrence.
To keep yourself satisfied, it’s important to understand that it’s perfectly fine to have a job that’s just that — a job. Not your lifelong passion, just a nice job that helps you pay the bills and live a comfortable life.
However, just because you are not in love with your job, it doesn’t mean that it’s okay for you to slack off at work. The world of virtual assistance, while growing, is still pretty small. It’s vital that you always excel at your online work so that don’t alienate any potential future clients. In short, you have to bring your A game to any job.
To help you feel better about your work, here are a few tips on how to impress at a job you don’t like.
Always be professional.
Professionalism is one of the most valued traits these days. You should never settle for anything less than what you would expect from anyone you’re working with. Make sure that you meet deadlines, be punctual during meetings and shifts, and don’t turn in something you’re not 100% proud of. Treating your job like it’s something special can get you halfway towards really liking it.
Befriend your client and teammates.
Sometimes, loving the people you work with is enough to make you feel good about a humdrum job. Get to know your client or your teammates if you have some. When you care about the people you work with, you’ll be more inspired at work because you wouldn’t want to disappoint them.
Find room for your talents to shine.
Just because your passion isn’t exactly what you do doesn’t mean that you can’t make use of your talents in some other way. If you’re a virtual assistant in charge of scheduling posts on social media but you also have a knack for graphic design, then volunteer to create graphics to post on social media. Try to find opportunities for your talents and passions to take root somewhere else.
Count your blessings.
They say that life is what you make of it, so don’t be so down on yourself just because your skills, talents, and passions aren’t translating to your job. Find golden chances in the little things and appreciate these opportunities.
At the end of the day, whether you excel or fail at you job all depends on you. You can think negatively and moan about why you can’t get the job you want OR you can make the most out of every opportunity you’re given and keep yourself happy. Honestly, the second option sounds infinitely more appealing.
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