Why you shouldn’t quit a new job that you hate too quickly
At this time of year there are lots of people switching jobs. If you are one of those people then I hope everything is going well. If, however, you are unlucky enough to find yourself in a role that isn’t what you thought it would be then don’t despair and DON’T QUIT YET.
In my 11 years within recruitment I have seen various people who have left new jobs very quickly. This can be for a whole host of reasons. Sometimes it is because you have received another offer from “that job that you really wanted” in the first place. More often than not though, it is because something isn’t “right”. You have to give the new job a chance though. I have known people to go to lunch and never come back or not turn up on the second day. Both of these candidates felt the job wasn’t right for them but how can you tell after such a short period of time? People often tell me that the first few days/weeks are a whirlwind of training, meeting lots of new people and being “eased” in to the new role. This means that you’re not actually doing the job that you applied for and accepted. That will come with time once you are settled into the company. If you are not sure about the team, or a particular co-worker, then it is worth bearing in mind that people tend to behave differently when a new person starts. The hiring manager that you connected so well with at interview may well reappear once they think you are settled in!
If you have given it a chance but are still unhappy then talk to your recruiter, HR and/or your manager. If you tell them why you are not happy there may be something that they can do about it. You never know unless you ask.
Why it is a bad idea to quit? Two reasons; namely money and prospects. You’ll have left your previous job or just come out of unemployment. This means that you will find yourself without a job and a salary for a while. Hiring managers are wary of people who have left a job without another one to go to. If you are determined to leave, then at least stay whilst you are looking for another role. This also has the added benefit of giving the new job a chance. The things that aren’t right may actually work themselves out during your job hunt.
So how can you stop making the wrong decision in the first place?
At all stages of your job hunting you should be asking yourself “do I really want to work here in this job?” Before you start looking for a new role, ask yourself what it is that is making you leave your current role? You’re likely to be counter offered so what can they offer to make you stay? It is only once you really know what is making you unhappy that you can know what will solve that problem. I will be writing a blog post about how to stop this in the future so keep any eye on our blog.
Victoria Watkins is Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as a Recruitment Consultant for 5 years she moved to Office Management for an IT consultancy 6 years ago. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+
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