Seven Things To Do When a New Job Doesn’t Work Out

So you put in countless hours of your free time to find the job of your dreams. You gave the interview your all and secured yourself a job offer. On your first day, you made a fantastic first impression and got on well with your teammates. Since then, you’ve endured the arduous daily commute and all with a smile on your face. But the realisation is slowly kicking in that your latest career move just isn’t working out for you. So what are you supposed to do when a new job doesn’t work out?

7 Actions to Take When a New Job Doesn’t Work Out

1 — Stay Professional

Lady smiling through gritted teeth
No matter how much you hate your new job, it’s important to stay professional. After all, you may need a reference from this employer to find another one.

2 — Give The New Job A Chance

3 — Do the Right Thing

If you’re considering calling it quits, you must think things through thoroughly. Of course, there is no minimum length of time an employee must remain in a job. However, leaving after only a short period does not look good on your CV. You will, therefore, need to convince any future employer that your reason for leaving is genuine. If the reason you give is not compelling enough, prospective employers may label you as a job hopper.

If You Applied Through an Agency

For example, let’s say you applied for a job as a Software Developer, and within the first few weeks, all you do is Software Testing. Of course, you will want to leave because that’s not what you’re qualified to do. In this case, a good agency will be happy to find you another opportunity and will likely be able to do so with an immediate start.

However, they will need to negotiate the situation with their client first carefully. Such discussions might involve releasing you on full pay for the remainder of your notice period. Therefore, it’s most definitely a conversation worth having.

If Your Application Was Direct

If the company is not interested in retaining you as an employee, they may be willing to negotiate the length of your notice period. Either way, you should still follow the correct procedure and resign with dignity.

4 — Find Out if Your Old Job is Still Available

5 — Revisit Your Original Job Search

6 — Go Back to The Drawing Board

Recovering from a bad situation also presents the opportunity to evaluate the process you went through and fine-tune your interview techniques. Doing so will make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice.

Not researching the company you’re interviewing with thoroughly enough and not asking enough questions during an interview are common mistakes candidates make. Either can lead to accepting an offer that might not be quite right for you.

When a new job doesn't work out, it can be upsetting - this lady knows all too well
The thought of having to restart your job search after putting in so much effort can be depressing. However, presents the opportunity to find out where you went wrong and may result in you getting a much better job as a result.

7 — Stay Positive

Therefore, it’s necessary to stay positive and keep your spirits up. Go for walks outside to give yourself a break from trawling job boards. Talking to family and friends can also be hugely beneficial at times like this.

If the need to find a job quickly makes you feel anxious, find a reputable recruitment company. They often have positions available with immediate starts. Or, at the very least, should be able to give you honest insights into the state of the current jobs market in your niche.

A Few Final Thoughts



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