If You Don’t Love Your Job, Then What Keeps You There?

By Joleen Little BVSc MRCVS

That’s a logical question to ask, but there are plenty of people who love their job. I know this because I speak with them on a regular basis. As a Veterinary recruiter, I’m “in the trenches” of the employment marketplace on a daily basis, and I can say with 100% certainty that you can love your job.

Now, as you might have already guessed, I also speak with people who do NOT love their job. During the process of speaking with them, a common theme often emerges.

Below are five typical reasons why people don’t love their job:

  1. No opportunity for advancement
  2. The company culture
  3. Their boss
  4. Lack of recognition
  5. Low salary and/or poor benefits

A person could be facing just one of these reasons or more than one of them. In fact, they could be facing all of these reasons at once, which would easily explain why they feel the way they do.


Below are four common mistakes that people make when they don’t love their job:

1.) Accepting more responsibility

If you don’t love your job, then why would you accept more of something that you don’t love? There are many answers to this, but the main one is the fear of what would happen if you don’t accept the responsibility and instead say “No” to your boss.

2.) Accepting a promotion

Perhaps the new responsibility brings with it a promotion. There might even be a small raise with the promotion, which could lessen the blow of added responsibility even more. But the fact remains: you’re still not in love with your job.

3.) Being okay with tolerating the job

This mindset does not happen overnight. You may tolerate a job more easily if you’ve been given both a promotion and a raise. Once again, though, this does not mean that you now love your job. It just means that you’re willing to deal with it, at least for a while longer.

4.) Not being open to opportunity

Can you see how all of these reasons can build upon each other? A person accepts more responsibility, and they also accept a promotion and/or raise. Then they get to the point where they’re tolerating their job. They don’t love it, but it’s somewhat comfortable.

As a result, they don’t know what’s available in the marketplace and they will be too busy and overwhelmed to consider other employment opportunities. If you don’t love your job, then remember that we are in a candidates’ job market right now. That means there are plenty of Veterinary jobs available.

This is an excellent time to explore the opportunities that exist in the marketplace. That’s because candidates (especially the best candidates) have more options and more leverage.

One of the best ways to take advantage of these opportunities and these options is to align yourself with an experienced Veterinary recruiter. Below are just some of the advantages of doing so:

  • A Veterinary recruiter has access to the “hidden job market.”
  • A Veterinary recruiter can let you know when they come across an opportunity of interest to you. That way, you don’t have to spend time, energy, and effort and instead can conduct a passive job search with their assistance.
  • A Veterinary recruiter has knowledge of the best employers within the industry, and they also have relationships with hiring managers who work at those practices.
  • A Veterinary recruiter can provide advice during the hiring process. This is especially the case during the interview and negotiation stages of the process, where you can use their expertise to emphasize the value you bring to the organization and also get an offer of employment that accurately reflects your value.

Do you really want to spend another year in a job that you don’t love? Especially when there are other opportunities available to you? Don’t be resigned to that and don’t just tolerate your job. Make the decision that you deserve better and do what is necessary to advance your career and enjoy it more at the same time.

Once again, I’ll ask this question:

If you don’t love your job, then what keeps you there?

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