What to Do When You Hate Your New Job

Katie Sweeney

Earlier today, Forbes announced a grim statistic in relation to the job market. Up to 31% of new hires quit within the first six months of the job. That’s a lot of disappointed employees. If you happen to be one of these people, who has just started a new job and is contemplating quitting, Forbes recommends that you don’t rush into any drastic decisions. Instead consider the following four things, then figure out if giving your two weeks notice is the option. 

  1. Figure out what’s not working (and what is). Remember that “when you start any new job, you tend to feel clumsy and ungainly, simply because everything’s new. You’re used to feeling competent, and now you don’t. This sense of discomfort might feel like failure or frustration—and that might be the source of your thoughts of quitting.” Keep at it and give yourself time to learn the ins and outs of the position. However if the company culture sucks, your manager is useless, and the work wasn’t what was promised to you, then it might be time to move on.
  2. Have a talk with your manager. It’s a huge hassle if the company has to hire another employee to replace you, so sit down with your manager and tell them what is happening. “It’s not always easy to say, “I need help!”—especially in a new job where you want to be seen as a competent high performer. But by asking for what you need, you may be able to change the path of this new job.”
  3. Give yourself a time frame. Allow yourself time to learn how to get the work done and make friends with your boss and colleagues. “ Create a timeline that you’ll use to make a go or stay decision—and during that time, commit to learning the job and the work processes.” Once that time is up, if nothing’s better and you are still miserable begin your termination plan.
  4. If all else fails, quit, and ask for your old job back. This technique only works if you left your previous company on good terms. They also have to have a job opening, but there is always the chance you can find a new place within an old employer. If you start to look for a new opportunity, “remember that your next job search is a two-way street. Sure, that company is looking for talent. But you need to look for the place that’s right for you."

The book that helped me find the correct career path is the well known job searching resource, What Color is Your Parachute?

Have you ever started a new job only to hate it? What did you do?

Opening image: Peter Koval

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