The Career Doctor™
I HATE MY NEW JOB. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Dear Career Doctor:
I work in a non-profit field where all the major players know each other.
I have just changed jobs, supposedly to go to a larger organization where
some more of my skills will be used. However, I now started on the new
job and realize that I made a total mistake. I misunderstood what my
primary task would be; the organization is much more rigid than the one I
came from, and I shall have to spend tremendous number of hours if I am to
accomplish what the organization expects of me. I would like out, but am
afraid that if I leave now, I shall not be hired by anyone else in my field.
Can you think of any options?
Career counselors recommend two different strategies for dealing with an
unexpectedly dreadful new job: either stay for a year because it makes
your resume look stable -- or leave as soon as possible. (If you choose
the latter and make a quick move, the bad job never even has to be listed
on your resume.) Since your work in such a small field, it sounds like
you will have a problem no matter which you choose, so why prolong your agony?
If you decide to begin looking quickly for a new job, admit to potential
employers that you made a mistake and want to correct it as soon as possible.
If you have not been a job-hopper, most prospective employers can understand
that bad fits should be corrected.
No matter when you decide to look for a new job, I suggest that you
immediately go to your boss and/or the person who hired you. Say
something like, "I have been given so much to do that I can't complete
the work up to my standards. Let's discuss your priorities, so I know
what to work on now and what can be done later. Or, if you want everything
done now, please bring in someone to help with the workload."
The Career Doctor
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