You may have been unemployed or your previous place of employment for the past months was not satisfactory for you. Probably on the news of the successful recruitment process in the new company and the cooperation proposal, you thought “You lucky one!”.
You may have imagined that you would get a standalone position where you would use your creativity, be involved and quickly you will build excellent relationships with colleagues. If your vision of work has come true, congratulations and I am happy with you.
However, what if the new job is not what you expected/expected? Your supervisor assigns you tasks below your qualifications, criticizes your style of work, and you use your creativity to make paper planes. The atmosphere at work is tense, colleagues sit in their rooms and only occasionally someone will slip into the kitchen.
In the beginning, you can start by admitting that your vision was too idealistic. If you can accept it and keep working, that’s great. Or, if your job is frustrating you, see what can you do about it?
5 things you can do if your new job isn’t what you expected.
1. Give a new job a chance.
If you are not 100% satisfied with what your assignments are in the first month, it doesn’t mean that it won’t get any better later (usually after the trial period).
Remember that each new employee needs time to adapt to the organization’s work system. Getting started is an extremely stressful moment and it is worth giving yourself permission and time for the fact that it may not be easy at the beginning.
It’s a bit like entering a new school. You wonder what it will be like, whether others will like you and whether you will be able to learn. In your adult life, you are guided by the beliefs and principles that arose during the growing up phase, so you may feel the same thoughts and emotions in your new job.
Give a new job a chance and try to get to know your colleagues better. Be open and friendly. Keep in mind that it may be up to a year before you feel 100% comfortable with the company.
Note: If every week is slightly better than the previous one, then you are on the right track. If, on the other hand, the thought of working makes you feel anxious or frustrating, it might be time to think about the next step.
2. Talk to your boss.
If you had enough time to implement, but your position differs as to what you thought about, it’s time to talk to your manager.
Request an appointment as soon as possible. After confirming the appointment, you will have time to prepare the most important interview points. If possible, print the advertisement for which you applied and write down the most important findings from the interview. Then make a list of your daily activities.
Be assertive, but not aggressive, in the meeting. After all, it is not about confrontation and a trial of strength, but about working out the best solution to the situation.
Start by saying that your goal is to better understand your role in the organization. You can say that you had the impression that your work would be different. Here you can recall your interview from the qualifying meeting.
Example 1: When we met for an interview, we spent a lot of time discussing the company’s marketing strategy. I had the impression that I would have a real influence on creating the strategy. When will I be able to take care of this?
Example 2: During our meeting, we agreed that I would be responsible for finding and sourcing new solutions and suppliers, but not for sales. Since I started working, I was asked to focus on sales support and customer contact. Has anything changed?
If the source of your frustration is not your responsibilities but criticism from your supervisor, you can ask him or her to present indicators that will measure / will measure your effectiveness in the organization. Then there will be no room for unfounded criticism. You will focus on the results.
However, if you are not ready for the interview, go to the next step.
3. Take a look at the market.
If you are convinced that you do not want to work for this company, it is time to prepare to change your workplace.
If you are not sure what your greatest difficulty in working is, see my article “ Don’t like your job? See what you can do with it “!
The great news is that you have everything necessary for your job search process. You have a CV, you know how to look for good offers and how to present yourself at an interview.
Maybe you participated in another recruitment process before starting your current job, but by accepting this offer, you rejected the others? Try to contact people from the HR department and ask if the offer is still valid.
I contact you to ask if the job offer for the position of [position name] is still valid? If so, I would like to reconsider this position. Since our last contact, I have had plenty of time to think about how I would like to develop myself and what I could offer the employer.
Initially, I said that I was most interested in joining a large company, but now I realized that my effectiveness is greatest when I work in a small, dynamic and close-knit team, such as the one in [insert name companies]. I know I am the perfect candidate for this position and would be happy to take this opportunity to discuss what we could create together. Could we make an appointment [insert date] around [insert time]? ”.
During this interview, you can expect questions like “Why do you want to leave your current job so soon”? “What happened recently?”
If you want to prepare for uncomfortable questions, use our Job Interview service.
4. End cooperation.
If you have made the decision to terminate it, there are a few important points in mind.
First of all, correctly calculate the length of the notice period. The length of the notice period depends on the type of employment contract.
Pursuant to Art. 34 of the Labor Code, the period of notice for an employment contract concluded for a trial period is:
- 3 working days if the trial period does not exceed 2 weeks;
- 1 week if the trial period is longer than 2 weeks;
- 2 weeks if the trial period is 3 months.
No matter how tired you feel with the current situation and the workplace, try to end the cooperation in a professional manner – ‘don’t burn bridges behind you’.
5. Go forward.
Try to accept this situation and be good to yourself. Each experience is a great learning opportunity. During your next job interviews, try to ask about as many things as possible so that you can make an informed decision about the workplace.
If you’ve only worked for a few weeks, it doesn’t make sense to include this episode in your CV. Prepare answers to the questions that will be asked during the recruitment process and explain what you have been doing in the last weeks/months.