It happens. Sometimes, you interview for a job, get the job, start the job, and . . . find out that the job isn’t exactly what you thought it was.
When it does happen, what should you do? What can you do? Well, what you should NOT do is act impulsively or brashly. Instead, use a steady and measured approach that focuses on the long-term health of your career and not a quick fix to your present circumstances.
Below are five steps to take when your new job isn’t what you expected:
#1—Fully assess the situation.
What specifically about the job is different than what you thought it would be? Are these differences the result of a miscommunication or misunderstanding? If so, how did it happen? If they weren’t, what was the cause? And the most important question: how do the differences impact your attitude about the job and your future in the position?
#2—Consider additional training.
Perhaps your new position requires skills that you don’t fully possess. Maybe you need a certain skill set that you didn’t realize you needed. What if you took proactive steps to undergo training in these areas? Would that alleviate the anxiety you feel? If you like everything else about the job—your boss, your co-workers, and the company itself—then perhaps making an adjustment in this area alone will turn a potentially troubling situation into a more palatable one.
#3—Speak with your supervisor.
This may be unavoidable. However, if you choose to speak with your supervisor, be sure to approach the issue carefully. You want to frame it in a way that shows you’re looking for solutions and not just venting about a problem. Present your concerns, ask for suggestions and guidance, but also be prepared with answers of your own. Your supervisor will be much more receptive to what you have to say if you present your concerns in a “team first” fashion instead of a “me first” one.
#4—Look for growth opportunities.
Can you turn this situation into a positive one for you and your career? People who are able to find opportunity in the midst of adversity are people who are usually the most successful. Can you make this situation work? Can you make it not only work, but also work in your favor, helping you to branch out and grow both personally and professionally.
#5—Increase your networking efforts.
Networking is a crucial component of all job searches, and if you’ve reached the end of your rope with this position, then renewed efforts are recommended. (Actually, networking should be an ongoing process, although it’s human nature to slack off when you’re employed.) While networking, though, resist the urge to say anything negative about your current situation and especially about your employer.
Have you ever found yourself in this situation? Are you in this situation now? Are you ready to take the final step and seek out a new job altogether?
Time Staffing Inc.