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Having second thoughts about your new job? Here’s what to do!

  • Publish Date: Posted almost 3 years ago

​Getting a new job is usually one of the most exciting moments in life, whether you are making progression in your career or just starting out in a new industry. However, on occasion, the day-to-day of new jobs can turn out to be quite different than what you expected.

There’s lots of reasons that people enjoy their jobs, be it financial rewards, exciting opportunities, or colleagues – but when aspects of a new jobs such as these don’t meet your expectations, it can feel disheartening. It is important to react rationally, don’t write up a resignation letter when you feel impulsive. Instead, consider the following points, and speak to one of our expert consultants to help walk you through the problem and help find a solution!

 Take a little time

As the saying goes “no one likes change” – a new job can be and is usually hugely exciting, but it can also be a stressful, nerve wracking and anxiety inducing experience, so give yourself a break. Taking a big step in life always requires a little time for you to readjust and get comfortable again, including starting a new job.

 It’s not all work

Taking on a new role can sometimes mean more than just one big change – when your work changes, your colleagues change, your company could change, the area you live in, and so much more. If you haven’t fallen head over heels for your new role, it is important for you to understand why. What is the root cause of the problem?

Can you fix it?

Once you know what aspects of the job you are struggling with, you should make a conscious effort to resolve the problems. If it’s that you are struggling with workload or your requirements, speak to a manager. They can help you manage the workflow and building out your skill set so that you can hit targets more easily. If you’re struggling to fit in with your new colleagues, try to find some common ground, be it professional or personal.

Look on the bright side

Have you considered the benefits that your new job has brought to you as well as the downsides? Sometimes it’s all too easy to get consumed by the negative impacts of change and forget to note silver linings. Try writing a pros and cons list – this can help you to either see your role with a new perspective and get you excited about why you took the job in the first place or serve as a reminder in your next job hunt on what you do and do not want out of work.

Take some time to consider the above points, set yourself a deadline on making a “stick or twist” decision, and if at the end of your reflection you are not still happy in your new role, don’t worry. Every experience can be learnt from, don’t be hard on yourself, so long as you gave it your best shot, an extra step on your career path won’t hurt you in the long run. 

If you choose to look for a new role, our expert recruitment consultants are here to help. Remember to share with them everything you have learnt, skills you have developed and what aspects of a job are important to you – this will help them to find you the best fit for your next opportunity.

Reach out to one of our team for help or advice on finding the role for you.