Almost everybody has moments when they feel they don’t like their job. However, what should you do if you feel like you hate your job... and you just started it?
How can you “smooth out the rough edges” of such a situation? Well, there are five things you can do:
#1—Figure out exactly what is bothering you.
Try to pinpoint what you don’t like about the position and employer. Keep a work journal to discover what may be ailing you. Writing out your issues and concerns will help you make sense of why you feel the way you do. Also ask yourself, “Is the dissatisfaction I feel now greater than the dissatisfaction I felt in the previous job, company, or career?”
#2—Have a frank conversation with your new boss.
Think carefully and know what you want before you ask for it. You might inquire about different work assignments, a new reporting structure, or maybe even moving to a different team entirely. Also keep in mind that there are a lot of variables at play in such a situation, including your role, your experience level, your boss, and the size of the company. As a result, be prepared to be flexible.
#3—Give it time.
Starting a new job is always difficult. Everyone struggles to make connections, understand the company and its culture, and develop relationships, so try to have realistic expectations for the transition and don’t make any irrational decisions. Unless you’re in an unsafe situation, there’s no reason to give up on the new job immediately. Give yourself at least six months before deciding to go somewhere else.
If you’re convinced that you’re in the wrong job at the right company, get to know people in other departments so that you can ask polite questions about whether people there are happy, how they ended up there, and whether there are positions that might better fit your interests and skills. Developing a personal network within the company is one of the smartest things you can do if you want to stay there, but in a different role. Remember, people will typically hire people they know and trust over external candidates.
#5—Launch a casual job search.
Launching a job search can be as simple as just looking around at what postings are out there or putting out feelers to people in your network. You might start getting useful data about the market that will push you one way or the other. Even just taking small steps can sometimes make an unhappy job more bearable. If possible, try not to quit your current job without having something else lined up first.
You might be feeling some regret at the moment, but all is not lost. Follow the steps outlined above, and take your job in the direction you want it to go!
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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