So you applied for a new job, nailed the interviews, and accepted an offer. That’s awesome news. Congratulations! After turning in your two-week’s notice to your former employer and working your last day, you’re all ready to start at your new office.
You go through the training and your boss has reviewed the job description with you thoroughly. You’ve shown up early every day and diligently focused on learning the new tricks of the trade. Then suddenly it hits you…
You don’t like your new job one bit. In fact, you question why you even accepted the job to begin with because it’s not a good fit.
You want to quit. What now? Keep reading. We’ve got some suggestions.
Suggestion #1: Consider the Risks
Not going to lie, quitting a job you just started regardless of the reason is quite a risk. You won’t be able to use your new employer as a reference, and it could damage your reputation if you want to stay in the same field. It’s important that you understand these real possibilities.
During your next interview, you may need to explain why you left your current job so quickly. In fact, rather than asking, the interviewer may just assume you’re a “job hopper,” which will not work in your favor.
However, if you’re positive that you made a bad decision in accepting your new job, then looking for another position might be your best option.
Suggestion #2: Start Searching for a New Job
Since you haven’t been at your current role that long, searching for your next new job should come easily. However, make sure you secure a new job before you quit your current one. It’s well documented that workers who are employed have a much better chance of getting hired.
It’s important to understand that the chances of a potential new employer asking why you want to quit your new job so soon are extremely high. Be prepared to answer this question by rehearsing your response to ensure that it comes across as diplomatic and positive.
Suggestion #3: Continue Working Hard
As long as your employer is signing your paycheck, you owe them your full effort. Do not start slacking off and skirting your responsibilities because you are “on your way out.” They originally hired you on the assumption that you’re a hard worker. Don’t give them a reason to think otherwise.
Besides, burning bridges (whether intentional or not) is never a good thing. With the advance of social media and professional portfolio sites like LinkedIn, it won’t take long for your reputation as a lazy employee to spread like a wildfire.
Suggestion #4: Resign Honorably
After you’ve secured a new position with another employer, type out a professional resignation letter. Request an in-person meeting with the appropriate personnel to deliver your resignation and explain the circumstances surrounding your decision.
Make sure you talk about your experience in a positive manner and allow your employer to inform coworkers of your decision. Show your appreciation for the time that was spent preparing you for your new role–and work your last two weeks like you are trying to earn a promotion.