Your new job is not what you expected, what now?

The road to finding employment has come to a blissful end, you have been offered the job and have done several shifts – it immediately dawns on you that this opportunity is not all you had wished it to be, for one reason or another:

  • Job function being different to the job description
  • The environment- colleagues / customers / location
  • Distance to travel
  • Inadequate pay 

This is an all too common scenario that has persisted and will continue to persist for as long as we have to work.

So what should you do when you find yourself in this situation?

Persevere? Quit?

The most realistic answer that can be given is- every situation is different and each must be considered with careful and realistic consideration. Ideally, we would recommend doing your best to overcome the issues you are facing at work which are within your control- i.e. (people, colleagues, responsibilities maybe?). However, for those issues that are out of your control such as pay, customers, or whatever other reason- there are two vital questions you will need to ask yourself.

1.    Can you afford to leave the job immediately without a backup?
2.    Is this job connected to your future plans / career choice?

If your answer is yes to question 1 and no to question 2 then you are in a very advantageous position with several different options.

If your answer is yes to both question's then you are probably doing the job for experience.

However, If your answer to question 1 is no but yes to question 2 or simply no to both then you must do your best to persevere until you have amassed enough experience to line yourself up with another opportunity (GoodPeople rule of thumb- 6 months to 1 year is a minimum you should retain a job for it to be valuable on your CV). 

You must

  • Gain as much experience as you can, use the opportunity to build on your skills and knowledge. This will increase your chances of employability and will make your CV more appealing, at the same time avoiding that dreaded gap in CV which recruiters and employers hate.
  • Be Patient. Patience and time will allow you to get a better understanding of your job and your surroundings. As you break in to your new role and start to feel comfortable you’ll be able to better judge if the job is right for you.
  • Communicate. Communication is key. If you don’t ask, you may not receive. Build a positive reputation, and use that reputation to improve your working conditions.

Absolute do not’s

  • Do not leave without trying and more importantly without a backup opportunity– you run the risk of further removing yourself from the working world, making your CV less and less attractive to potential future employers.
  • Do not lose focus of your duties and responsibilities. Continue to perform and complete your tasks efficiently and prove your capabilities for the role. You will need that reference from your employer for if you decide to leave and you don’t want to leave a negative impression. 
  • Don’t lose sight of your goal. Continue to update your CV and search for that long-term job. Research the skills and experience needed for it and build your way to achieving them. 

Ultimately don’t give up – persistence and perseverance will surely lead to positive results.