Starting a new job is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. Jobs don’t always turn out according to expectations, and this can be stressful. You might even be so unhappy with your new position that you want to quit. We’ve been there, and we understand. Even if your position isn’t all that it was cracked up to be, it’s best to not give up right away. Here are a few tips on how to adjust to your new job.
Give it a Try
If you left a previous job, chances are there was a reason why. Mandy, a hiring expert at Mutual Omaha, suggests that if you’re having second thoughts about your new job, it helps to consider that no job is perfect.
“I would reflect on why you left your previous job. Do you really think that you will be happy going back there? And why do you hate your new job? I would weigh the pros and cons before making any rash decisions.”1 Although your new job might seem like a poor fit at the start, there has to be a reason why you chose to accept it in the first place. Remember that reason, and give the job a longer try.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that things get better. Allowing yourself some extra time in a new job will help you acclimate to the transition. As Lori, a hiring expert at Cigna, puts it:
“If you leave a role without giving it a chance, you may burn bridges with that company and you might feel like you are settling by going back to your prior employment. Overall, stick things out for at least a month or two before you decide to look elsewhere, and you may end up being surprised that you actually like the new role.”2
Talk it Out
You don’t have to go about learning your new job alone. You were hired for a reason, and your boss wants you to succeed. Makailyn, hiring expert at Textron, points out that if you’re struggling with your new work, you can talk to your boss about it. “Have weekly meetings with your manager to talk about how things are going and ask questions. If you both reserve this time on your calendars it can give your manager the opportunity to get to know you.”3
As you feel comfortable in your relationship, let your boss know that you’re unhappy. Explain why and see if there is a way to fix it. More than likely, some improvement can be made to benefit both you and your boss.
Ask for Help
No one expects you to immediately know everything about your new job. It usually takes more than a month to get adjusted to a new position. In the meantime, there are things you can do to better fit in with your current environment.
Kate, hiring expert from ADP, explains the most effective way to learn new things: “Ask lots of questions. Ask to take additional trainings, if needed. Job shadow others on the team or in the company. You don't want to waste all your energy guessing what your manager wants and then do something wrong. Clarify what is being asked before you do it and then add your own twist to a project/task if it's possible to show you can do more than what's being asked.”4
Asking questions does not make you seem stupid; instead, it proves to everyone that you’re willing to do what it takes to get the job done correctly.
If a job is really not the right fit, it is okay to quit. But just because it’s initially uncomfortable does not mean that a job is not for you. If you’re unhappy in your new position, give yourself some extra time to adjust, talk to your boss about ways to improve your situation, and ask questions about how to better your work. Before long, you may just find yourself enjoying your new job and happy you stayed.