Job searches can be long, months and sometimes years. There is no greater feeling of relief than when the phone call comes with a job offer. With little negotiation you accept, just being thrilled to be done with the search that at times seemed endless. You were excited about your new opportunity, the job fit seemed great and you clicked with the hiring manager. So you set your start date, wrapped up your search and shared the good news with your network.
But sometimes starting a new job can be bumpy especially if you come to find out that the job you accepted at time of offer has little resemblance to the job you do on a daily basis. Some things aren’t exactly as were described during the interview process. So now what?
One thing I suggest to clients in this predicament is to try to work with your new manager. Get more information about what is expected of you and the resources that may be available to you. Remember new jobs can feel overwhelming at first. Access the landscape to determine if what you are experiencing is temporary or the way of the land.
If you have done all this, given it a chance and are still considering leaving, consider the bigger picture of how a short tenure will look on your resume and how you will explain it to a new employer. Lastly bolting without trying to work it out could seriously damage your reputation. Employers spend a lot of time and money on new hires. Those that bolt shortly after being hired will unlikely be welcomed back with open arms anytime in the future.