What can you do when you hate your new job?
Do you hate your job even though you just joined it? No matter how much you care about the pros and cons before adopting them, there is no way to be 100% sure what you’ll get into until you really start doing your job. If your new job a few weeks later seems more like a nightmare than a dream job, don’t despair. There are many things you can do now to reduce the pain and get your career back on track.
1. Find out where the problem lies
Change is difficult for most people. If you are someone who needs time to feel good in the new environment, give yourself this acclimation period before you decide to draw any conclusions. You may need to adapt to new practices, colleagues, or company culture before you can be sure that the problem is really in the business itself. It’s a tough start, but ask yourself, “Do you really hate your job or do you have a problem with changing the environment?”
2. Identify the main problems
After a while of waiting and adjusting, it may seem that you are still not very good at your job. Or it’s worse than it was in the beginning. Write down the problems that bother you at work and be as specific as possible. Is your problem a new president or his administration or his colleagues? What would you like to change to improve your business? The more you know about what makes you unhappy, the better your chances of fixing it — or moving on to a new job that suits you better.
3. Look for the positive
Unless you are wealthy by nature, you probably can’t walk into your new supervisor’s office and say, “Well, thank you for the opportunity, but I’m done.” It will come in handy when choosing a new job.
4. Don’t be afraid to turn back
If you are not satisfied with your new job, consider returning to your old job. While this may seem like a step backwards at first glance, the opposite may be true. If you loved your old job but thought it was time to move on, this new position is a great opportunity to rethink everything. Write to your old supervisor about your feelings and he may share them with you. This is also why it is always important to leave a good job and keep the imaginary back door open.
5. Don’t mention this work experience on your CV
Whether you return to your old job or find a new one, it is important to realize that you have no obligation to include this short period on your resume. This will avoid curious questions from recruiters who will wonder why you haven’t been in the position for so long.