Are you working a job you love with a boss that you can’t stand? With the job market and the economy, you may feel locked in this position, but if you play your card right you can quit your job without hurting your career, similar to the concept of firing your boss. Unfortunately it is unlikely that you’ll get your boss fired, but you can work to find a better job in your field, and disassociate your current boss from your career.
If you feel that your current boss is dragging you down and hindering your skills in a field that you love, you don’t have to take it; fire your boss and land another job with these tips:
Start by working on your resume and portfolio
If you intend to switch jobs and find another job in your field, make sure your background is strong by doing what you can to build your portfolio before quitting and searching for other jobs. A good resume can make all the difference and you can use the resources and networks that you have in your current job to help you in the search. While you may not be a huge fan of your boss, step up and take on more responsibility and more projects to enhance your resume and gain their approval.
Get on your boss’s good side
Regardless if you and your boss see eye to eye, you can still have a mutual respect for each other. If you hope to get a good a good recommendation, or at least leave on a good note, you need to continue to work hard until the end. While your boss may not be your favorite person, and vice versa, they will still respect a hard working individual, and they will feel more compelled to help you in the future if you give 110 percent now. Also, as you start looking for other jobs, let your boss know of the search. This may be an uncomfortable conversation, but by letting them know that you are appreciative of the time you’ve spent in this position, and your future goals that you wish to achieve elsewhere due to a lack of open positions or promotions in your current position, you will be able to make a gracious exit, and perhaps even be able to ask your boss for a letter of recommendation for the future. At the very least, if your boss is a jerk, you can at least say that you made the effort when are asked about it in future job interviews, which will look good on your part.
Stay positive and focus on you
While you may still be upset about the way you were treated by your old boss, it is best to move on and focus on your future career goals. By being positive about the future and working to improve your life and career, you will be the bigger person, and be better off for it. Carrying around the negative energy will only make you bitter, and future employers will not be please with that attitude. In interviews for your next job, employers will not want to hear your complaints about your old boss. This only makes you seem petty an immature. By taking the higher road and focusing on yourself and the positives, you will improve your life with a better a better job, a better boss, and a better outlook on life.
While a bad boss can be hard to work with, you don’t have to settle, or give up your career. With these tips, you may be able to switch jobs seamlessly and be a lot happier with your career and your life.