I Just Started a New Job and I HATE It!

ID-100294202You are a few weeks into your new job and you are starting to have doubts.  You don’t want to be labelled as unreliable or flaky, but the thought of spending the next few years working there makes you miserable!  What do you do?  Here are some tips that will help you to get over this hurdle and figure out the best move for your career:

Give it a little more time.  Having second thoughts about a new job is actually very normal.  You are trying to navigate through procedures, technology and an environment that are unfamiliar to you at a time when you have no relationship with your coworkers.  This may just be growing pains that subside as you become more accustomed to the role, or it could even be a seasonal fluctuation that is making your job appear a lot worse than it is.  Hang in there and things may get better.

Identify what is bothering you.  What specifically is bothering you about your job?  Are you not clicking with your manager or your coworkers?  Is it a brutal commute?  Do you hate the job itself?  Once you identify your key problems with the job, you can determine if there is a solution that doesn’t involve quitting.

Adjust your expectations.  There is no such thing as a perfect job.  There is always something that you wish was different.  Could your expectations of this job be a little too high?  Is this job something that you could live with?  You don’t want to compromise too much, but at the same time a constant quest for perfection could leave you permanently unemployed.

Get clarification.  If you feel that the job that you are actually doing is different from the job description or from what was discussed in the interview, then you should talk to your manager.  Tell them your concerns and ask them for their feedback.  It could be that the scope of your job will expand as you get more experience in the role.  By openly communicating with your manager, you will gain a better understanding of your position, and you give them the opportunity to work with you to make it better.

Make a career plan.  Where do you want to be in five years?  How will your current position get you there?  Do you want to move up within the company?  Do you want to get a job outside of the company?  When you have a clear plan, you are more likely to take the steps that will allow you to achieve your goals, whether it be quitting to find a new job, looking for development opportunities within your job, or upgrading your skills in your spare time

However you decide to handle this situation, it is important that you always remain professional.  Don’t burn bridges because you may find that it will hurt you with a future opportunity.  Also, try to learn from your mistakes and do your research before accepting a new job; you don’t want to find yourself in the same position six months from now.

(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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