I love my job. I truly do.
Just about two years ago I took over as the Managing Editor for my local weekly newspaper.
1. I am a writer.
I have wanted to be a writer since I was 6 years old. I didn't always have my sights set on journalism. That just kind of fell into my lap. I had been working as a web editor/IT for several weekly papers across three states, so when the Managing Editor job opened in the town I live in, the company offered me the job.
But the point is, I'm living my dream. I write every day. And people read what I write.
Find that thing that you love doing, and work hard to do that thing. I practiced writing for years. I taught writing. I worked hard at the job I had once I entered into the news business. So when the thing I love to do came available, my hard work paid off.
2. It's always different.
Every day my job has something new to offer. I am the only writer for our paper. We are a staff of three. So I write all of the new, sports, education, faith, calendars, everything. I meet new people and hear interesting stories all the time. I wear every hat that is available to me. And that is noticed by employers.
Your job may not be as different as mine is every day. However, you can take the initiative to make it different. Volunteer to learn new tasks, even if they aren't in your job description. Do everything you are asked to do. That makes you a valuable employee and one that will be looked at when promotions become available.
3. It isn't always easy.
There is one thing that is a guarantee in the news business, it is constantly changing. Just today we found out that 286 jobs were eliminated across the company. Fortunately, mine was not one of them. But no matter what happens, I put a smile on my face and tackle the new challenge. When we changed the entire format of our paper I tackled it. When we increased prices I tackled it. When we changed our publication day I tackled it.
In any position, if you are adaptable to change, and work hard to help implement changes effectively, you are seen as a valuable member of the team.
You are the only person who can help you love your job.
It's all about having a good attitude and working hard. Don't complain, at least at the office or to co-workers. Keep a smile on your face. Do what is asked of you and more. Prove your value to your employer. And value yourself. If you flip burgers, be the best burger flipper ever. If you answer the phone, surprise callers with your professionalism and positivity. If you write a newspaper, remember to always proof everything twice, maybe three times. If you value your work, no matter what it is, your employer will value it as well.
If it is obvious that you love your job, you will move ahead at that job.
And if you truly hate your job, don't stay stuck. Try to move forward to a job you can love. Be willing to start at the bottom. Work is just like everything else, you get out of it what you put in.