So you screwed up and accepted a full-time gig that you hate. Maybe you were swayed by a big salary—or just stoked to get any offer at all. Making the wrong job decision isn’t a career killer, says career expert Lindsey Pollak, author of Getting from College to Career. “It's easier to explain away a ‘career mistake’ earlier in your career rather than later, when employers will expect you to be on more of a consistent upward trajectory,” she says.
What will hurt you is slacking off. “It's a mistake to do poorly in a job simply because you don't like it or wish you didn't have that job,” Pollak says. “Never burn bridges or display poor performance or manners—such as frequently showing up late or not checking your work before submitting it—because even in a job you hate, you never know who is watching or whom you might want to work with again in the future someplace else.”
The Fix: Learn the skills that’ll translate to what you really want to be doing and meet as many people as you can. “You can find value in any job,” Pollak says. “You can network with your colleagues or clients, learn new skills, or even rule out a job or industry as something you absolutely never want to do again.”