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Hate Your Job? Exit Like an Adult

If every day feels like torture, use these three career-expert tips to calculate your next move.

Once, not too long ago (think deep, you'll remember it), you enjoyed going to work. You loved the projects you were on, the team spirit was great, and even your boss seemed pretty cool. Now that's a distant memory, and going to work every day feels like torture. But don't worry, you're not alone. According to Gallup's 2013 State of the American Workplace Report, only 30% of Americans enjoy their jobs, which means a whopping 70% are having a case of the Mondays...every day.

But before you decide to quit your job and stage a mutiny against your boss, you've got some things to consider. To make sure you are going about things the right way, we spoke to career consultant and speaker Jullien Gordon, author of The 8 Cylinders of Success: How To Align Your Personal and Professional Purpose. 

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Consider Your Role

"In a sense this is just like a workout; if you go to the gym and you aren't putting any effort into your workouts, you aren't going to see any results. It's not just about going to work, it's about being fully present and actually trying. If you realize that you are just going through the motions, consider putting in a little more effort before jumping ship. 

If that doesn't work, you may have just outgrown the job. It's not a negative thing, but a positive sign that you have grown. Now you have to find a new role or a new company that is going to challenge and inspire you at this new level."

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Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

"Most people seek to leave their jobs with their middle finger up, and that's the worst time to quit. If you leave your job like that, you go into the marketplace when your value is at its lowest. Who wants to hire that kind of individual? Remember when you are transitioning jobs, your current employer is actually your greatest asset; you want to do something amazing there to prepare yourself for your career change. This way, when you step into an interview and they ask you what about the most valuable thing you did at your previous job, you can talk about something you did last week, not about a project from five years ago."

Take Your Time

"A lot of people just jump from the pan into the fire. They just think 'Oh, if I get out of this job then I will automatically be happier.' Then when they switch jobs, they find that they are still miserable.

The time between jobs is the perfect opportunity to take some time to figure out what your life vision is and what success means to you. Don't rush into a new job after leaving one you hate. Take advantage of the lag time to reassess what went wrong in your previous job, and what it is you want out of your next one. You might be surprised by what you realize."

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