What If I’ve Just Started a Job And Don’t Like It?

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​Starting a new job is an exciting time where we look forward to the new team, new challenges, and career progression. Getting to meet new people and a new office changes up our day-to-day routine. But what do you do if after a few weeks or months, you’re not liking your job? Do you stick it out or do you cut your losses?

Here are some things to consider:

Try To Fix the Issue

Try to pinpoint exactly why you’re not liking the job. Is it the people? The tasks? Is it not what you were expecting? Once you know, ask yourself whether these can be fixed. If something were to change, would you like the job? Is there a chance it’ll resolve itself over time? For example, if the reason you’re not liking it is because there’s a lot to learn, you feel too slow or are having to work overtime to get everything done, then time may change this. You might feel more confident in what your role and be able to do tasks much faster.

If you think the issue can be fixed, or even if you don’t, talk to your manager to let them know what you’re struggling with. A good manager will support you and try to fix the issue.

Be Realistic

There isn’t a single job that’s perfect all the time. It’s important to realise that there will be times where the job is tough, and that can definitely be at the beginning when you have to learn a new business, meet new people and adapt to a new routine. In many ways it can be overwhelming. But it’s good to note that this won’t last forever.

Remind yourself why you took the job and what benefits it has. Do these outweigh the cons?


Start To Put Feelers Out

If you know the job isn’t right for you and you want to leave, start looking around. It’s a good idea to talk to a recruiter. They can help you find a job that will suit you. If you went through a recruiter to find this position, talk to that recruiter and let know. They’ll likely help you find another job that is more aligned to what you want, especially considering they’ll know the role you didn’t like.


Resign the Right Way

The last thing you want to do is burn bridges or tarnish your career. There is a right way to resign, we’ve written on it previously and the main tips are:

    • Be confident in your decision

    • Stay professional

    • Do the right thing

​​It’s not fun if you start a job and don’t like it. There’s a chance it’ll feel like a step back and the thought of having to find another job can be daunting. Knowing why you don’t like the job and being realistic around if it can be fixed or if you need another job will help you navigate what to do.