What Should You Do if You Don’t Like Your New Job?

February 6th, 2015

After investing a great deal of time and effort into your job search, there’s nothing more rewarding than being the final contender for a position you’re really excited about. However, there’s also few things more frustrating than accepting the job and quickly realizing it’s not at all what you thought it would be.

Unfortunately, taking a new job is always a gamble. There’s no way to know exactly what it’s going to be like until you’re already on the payroll. In some cases you’ll just need to make it through a transition period, but it’s also important to know when to throw in the towel.

3 Steps to Take When Your
New Job Isn’t Working for You

Already had it with your new job? Take the following three steps:

Give it Time

It takes time to get used to a new job. During the first few weeks you’re going to be doing a lot of training and orientation activities that aren’t representative of a typical day at work. It’s normal to have second thoughts at first, especially if you were close with your former colleagues or were employed by the same company for a long period of time ─ allowing you to get quite comfortable.

Talk to Your Boss

If you’re still feeling like something isn’t right after a reasonable adjustment period has passed, meet with your boss to discuss your concerns. Highlight specific examples of why the job isn’t living up to your expectations to try and find a solution. It’s much better to give your boss a chance to correct the problem than to abruptly quit.

Revive Your Job Search

If all else fails, it’s probably time to cut your losses and move on. Let your connections know your new job isn’t working out and you’re back on the market. Take the time to find a new job you’re really excited about before resigning, so you don’t feel forced to accept any position you can get just to pay the bills. After all, you want to make sure you get it right the next time around!

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