Until you've been hired, there is no way to know exactly what you're getting into, no matter how carefully you prepare before accepting. After starting a new job, you may realise that it's not right for you, whether it's the environment or the position itself. Nevertheless, there are some things you should consider before quitting your new role.
Identify the problems
When you get over the initial "new kid" phase, if you're still feeling vaguely uneasy or worse, you should figure out exactly what it is about the new job you don't like, write it down. Be as specific as possible about the issues. Do you think the problem is the new boss’ management style, attitude, skill set, priorities, or is it something else? When it comes to the role itself, what would you do to improve it? Knowing what's making you unhappy can help you fix it, or should you decide to move on, will help you find a job that's a better fit.
Get to know them
There is a good chance that your new co-workers turn out to be friendlier and more approachable than you originally thought. If you are struggling with anything in your new role, don't be afraid to pick their brains and perhaps even invite a colleague to lunch. You may find that the aspects of the job that intimidate you are the same aspects that worried them most when they were in your position.
Try to focus on the positives
List all the things you like about your new job. It is very likely that you will be able to think of something, whether that is a challenging project you have been assigned to, or perhaps how much freedom you are given. It is important to seek out your 'silver linings' to help you gain perspective on the new job and reframe any negative feelings you may have.
Try to remember why you initially accepted the position. By recognising the positive aspects of your job, you will not only make yourself happier while you are in your current position, but you will be able to identify what you enjoy doing at work in the long run, which will help you decide what to pursue in the future.
Think about what you could gain
Every job has some unappealing aspects, whether it's the commute or some tedious duties. However, take some time to consider what you can gain from the position if you remain there. Does the company offer advancement opportunities within the next couple of months or a year? Sometimes it’s important to see the bigger picture and remember that you’re working towards something that will make you happier in the future.
All positions have flaws, and there are inevitably some aspects you will prefer over others. Eventually, you will likely be able to tailor the role so that it focuses on the things that you enjoy and are good at.
Equally important is not to be in denial if you do have concerns about certain aspects of the job, such as a toxic company culture or a demeaning boss, which are unlikely to improve with time.
Give yourself a deadline
If things are not going well, make a 'stay or go' decision within a reasonable timeframe, and while you wait, make sure you get to know your colleagues and contribute to the team. If you haven't already done so, get a mentor and meet with your manager every week. The decision to quit should only be considered after your timeframe has passed, or if the situation does not seem to be improving.
After following the above steps, if you're still feeling the same after a few months, it might be time to find a new job. Reach out to our specialist recruitment team for advice and steps you can take to ensure your next job is the right fit for you. Our team will guide you to a role that matches your work ethic as well as your personality.