It has happened to everyone at one time or another. You evaluate your options, work through the interview process and accept a new role, only to realise that your new position may not be all you hoped.
It could be something about the environment, the initial job description, the team, even the commute; once that feeling that you’re in the wrong place hits, it can be hard to shake.
The cause could be anxiety over your own abilities, or a curve in gelling with the team. Maybe your commute is more arduous than you anticipated.
In any case, if you hate your new job and aren’t sure what to do next, don’t panic; it’s not the end of the world. But it is vital that you think carefully before jumping ship at that early stage in your tenure.
Here’s how to go about weighing up your options before taking the next step…
Find what isn’t working
It’s normal to feel anxiety in any new environment, but it’s important to remember that those feelings will subside with time. If the role feels markedly different to the original job description, then the first thing you should do is list the elements you feel aren’t working. The challenges may feel more manageable.
Evaluate whether things are likely to change
By now you will have a better idea of what you’re up against. Those feelings of anxiety could be temporary; you may find yourself feeling more confident about how you’ll fit in, or you may be able to see past a particular project. If you deduce, honestly, that things aren’t likely to feel different in three or six months, then maybe it’s time to look at your options.
Speak to your line manager
Regardless of your experience so far, it’s important to remember that the company chose you. Replacing talent is one of the most challenging aspects of any business, so there’s a good chance they’ll fight to keep you. Take your concerns (worded diplomatically, of course) to your superior. If there’s something that can be done, they will surely be willing to work with you, rather than lose you.
Focus on the good things
Since you’ve been focusing on what’s wrong with this role, now it’s time to look at what’s right. Are your career prospects looking up? Working hours, benefits and other elements could end up being a worthy price to pay for the discomfort, especially if you’ve already deduced that the challenges are somewhat temporary.
Form a timeline
If your mind isn’t made up yet, the next step is to form a smart timeline. Commit to giving the role a chance with all of your concerns in mind; talk to others about it and work at building relationships with your coworkers. If you reach the end of your defined period and you’re still not convinced, you can be confident in your next move.
Understand what you’re considering
You may be chasing a feeling of relief to leave a job that’s not working out, but remember: any prospective employer is likely to ask why you’re leaving your current position so soon. They may well understand your reasons for leaving, but regular job-hopping may call into question your reliability and dedication to any role.
Don’t rush things
For that reason, the most important thing is to not make any rash decisions. You should always trust your instinct, but allow your instinct to be informed by rational, lateral thinking.
Take the time to come to strong conclusions and the road ahead, no matter where it leads, will become clear. And if your time to move on has come, head over to the Silicon Canals Job Board to find your perfect placement.
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