I Picked the Wrong Job. Now What?
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I Picked the Wrong Job. Now What?

by Jessica Howard
Photos Diana Zapata | September 11, 2015

YOU THINK YOU'VE ACCEPTED YOUR DREAM JOB, BUT AFTER A FEW WEEKS YOU REALIZE IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THOUGHT IT WAS. WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO?

You’ve done everything right. You searched and searched for your next career stepping stone, finally found a position that met all your criteria, nailed the interview, and accepted a job offer that exceeded your compensation expectations.

However, it has been a few months and you’re now realizing that this job isn’t at all what you were expecting. Now what?

FIGURE OUT WHY THIS IS THE WRONG JOB

Before you begin making rash decisions, like deciding to quit on the spot, identify what it is about your current position that makes it not an ideal fit.

A Few Points to Consider: 

  • Do you feel you like don’t have any work/life balance because you’re working all the time?
  • Have you seen your immediate supervisor mistreat employees, or even you?
  • Are you finding that how your job was presented and the reality of the workload aren’t the same?
  • Does the company culture not align with your future goals?
  • Are there no growth opportunities?

Once you’ve looked into these points to figure out why this is the wrong job for you, you can start to put together a course of action for moving forward.

Before you decide to quit on the spot, identify what it is about your current position that makes it not an ideal fit.

TALK WITH YOUR HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT

Use HR as a sounding board for how you’re feeling - that’s why they are there! {Click to Tweet} They value you as an employee and won’t want to lose you. Your HR representative can you insight into other positions available within the organization or give you advice on how to handle your current situation to make it your ideal job.

GET ADVICE FROM YOUR NETWORK

You’ve been a great contessa and you’ve built a strong network of women that you can call for advice and maybe even reach out for other opportunities. You never know what positions are out there unless you look or ask someone!

However, be careful not to throw your current company under the bus. {Click to Tweet} Just like you never know what positions are available, you never know who might know an executive at your company. If your negative feedback gets back to them, all of a sudden you’ll be in a completely different situation - and not a good one for your reputation either!

APPLY FOR A NEW JOB

Nobody wants to be miserable, especially at a place where you spend 40+ hours a week. In tandem with reaching out to your network, start searching on job boards, like LinkedIn, Levo, and Indeed to see if there are any positions out there for you and apply with a polished resume and cover letter.

... It’s up to you to reflect on what you really want in a position and make the right decision for your professional future.

If you’ve discovered that the job you thought you were getting just isn’t it, it’s up to you to reflect on what you really want in a position and make the right decision for your professional future. {Click to Tweet} Whether that means sticking it out for a few more months or applying for a new job, it’s time to take your career in your hands and move forward.

Your future is bright - and your dream job may just be on the other side of your current role!

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