What do I do if I don't like my new job?

Jesse Hoban - 28/02/2018

You found your dream job in an exciting industry, doing what you love and for a well-known company. Except that it's turned out a nightmare and you don't like it.

Have you ever been in this situation or maybe you are now? Are you 12 months in and it is not what you expected? You’re now wondering what the next step is.

What do you do now?

Be honest with yourself

My first piece of advice is to be honest with yourself. What has changed in the past year to now? Is the role not what you expected? Are you putting more hours in than anticipated? Perhaps you can only spend 10% of your time on the part of the job you enjoy. Find the crux of what has gone wrong and work from there.

If it’s the role itself then to do some research and go back to the source – the job specification. Take a look back over what you applied for originally. If the job spec matches your current role ask yourself how you can turn this situation into a positive. Is there an area you can immerse yourself in to and become an expert?

If the role isn’t challenging enough for you, is there an area you can see your colleague struggling in that you can help with? I am a firm believer that there is something to learn out of every difficult situation whether it is learning how to manage your own expectations, working with a difficult colleague or struggling through a new situation and coming out wise. Ask yourself what can you learn from this situation and use to your advantage in the future and in your next role.

Be honest with your employer

Your daily tasks and the original job spec don’t match up. Talk with your manager and be open about what your expectations were and where you are at now. Only through open communication can there be a resolve. Perhaps the part of the role you were anticipating most is coming down the line after some more training. You won’t know until you have the honest conversation. 

You might be on the other side and the dream job isn’t working out because you feel unsupported. You know that if you just had that little bit extra training your job would be the dream. Talk to your manager and see if you can both organise a time so you can go through your progress and the areas you are struggling. You might be surprised to hear that they thought you were flying it!

Be proactive

You have been honest with yourself and gave your all to the role. You have been honest with your manager and received the support you needed. If there is still something missing, it’s time for the break-up. Pick yourself up and talk to your recruiter. Tell them what the problem is work with them to find your dream job. Get proactive and do all the research you can. 

I promise you your dream role is out there! Sometimes we have to kiss a few frogs to find our prince.

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