Have you maneuvered through the job search maze and accepted a new job only to find that it’s not what you anticipated? If so, you may wonder what went wrong, or
question your ability to make sound career decisions in the future.
It may only be in hindsight that you realize the questions you should have asked during the job interview or recognize how important a particular job responsibility or working condition is to your job satisfaction.
As difficult as it is to find yourself in a new job that disappoints you, it’s important to allow adequate time for you and the organization to acclimate to your arrival, rather than jump to conclusions or make a hasty decision to resign. Once on the job,consider your situation carefully and note the specific conditions that are different from what you had anticipated. These observations will assist you in evaluating your next job options should you decide to resign.
Once the shock of disappointment wears off, it’s possible that you might warm up to your new position and discover a silver lining in what appeared to be a storm cloud. It’s also possible that after a few months in the new job,you may be able to negotiate some changes that would improve your situation.
When a job is simply not salvageable, it’s often due to an unanticipated management change. Not seeing eye to eye with the person to whom you report is a primary reason why people leave their jobs earlier than expected. Depending on the scope of the rift and how either party plays it out, it is usually necessary for the most recently hired to move on.
Whatever you ultimately do with the disappointment of a new job,use your experience to guide and inform you about your next step. Unless you see this experience as a repeating pattern in your work history, you might chalk this one up to a learning experience and recognize what you need to do to avoid such a situation in the future. If a pattern is present, you’d be wise to seek counsel from a skilled professional to determine what you might do differently the next time around