During your job interview, you picked up a strange vibe from the hiring manager, who had a hard time maintaining eye contact. The office lobby was cluttered, and everybody you passed on your way to the interview destination seemed harried and depressed. But you ignored these subtle signs and gave the interview your best. When you received the offer, you were relieved to get off the market and excited to accept.
Now it’s less than a month into the job and your optimism is long gone. The job isn’t living up to expectations, and you’re not all that inspired. The people you work with are nice, but you wouldn’t call anyone in your office a friend. You’re starting to wonder if you were more focused on simply getting any job, rather than getting the right job.
Obviously, things aren’t working out. But you just started. If you quit, will this decision have a damaging impact on your resume and your future prospects? And won’t you be branding yourself as a bona fide quitter? What are your options?
Option 1: Get Out of There
You’re not wild about the idea of jumping back onto the job market right after getting off. And no, this move probably won’t escape some questions and skepticism from potential employers if you decide to list this short-lived position on your resume.
This situation is a mess, no matter how you look at it. But your alternative — staying here indefinitely — isn’t a wise move for your long-term future or your mental health. It’s time to be brave, face the inevitable, and pull off this band-aid before fate does it for you. Just make sure you take three important steps:1) Be upfront and diplomatic with everyone you encounter here until the end of your very last day, 2) Give at least two weeks’ notice to your current employer in writing3) Start looking for new work before you leave.
Head to LiveCareer to explore other options in your field and your geographic area.
Option 2: Find a Way to Make it Work
On the other hand, some of the most fulfilling positions and most satisfying lifelong career stories begin with exactly this kind of struggle. If you decide not to jump ship, start with a plan. Identify your primary problem (e.g., the boss is unhappy with your work, the expectations you face are unreasonable, your coworkers have difficult personalities, etc.). Then develop a step-by-step road map to overcoming it. Set a goal, break the goal down into small actionable steps, and then take the quitting option out of your mind and off the table.
In Either Case, Get Moving
No matter which option you choose, LiveCareer can help. If you’re heading out, make use of resume building tools and job search tips that can give you a competitive edge as you look for new work. If you’re staying put, take advantage of advice and information that can help you get ahead, survive the toughest days and impress even the most demanding and unreasonable bosses.