/ Asked by Saint
I need guidance on my current confusing condition. I am an accounting associate at a manufacturing company. I am not happy in my job because I have many idle hours. I have been here for 6 month and I have no apparent improvements from my starting days. I do hate sitting in front of computer without doing anything. I am thinking to resign. Please give me advice on what I can do to improve my situation and if leaving is my best option.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, January 11, 2016
Hi there!  Sorry to hear the job isn't working out how you'd like.  Now my big question for you...are you talking to your leadership about expectations?  Both yours and theirs?  Suffering in silence is not the way to go when you are building your career.  Respectful and appropriate conversations are the way to go!

And guess what!  It's a new year! What better time to talk about goals for 2016 than in January.  Without specifics on your situation, these are the recommendations I would make:

1. Talk to your boss about your workload.  Your company is not interested in paying you to do nothing, so what special projects can you be a part of that will benefit your business unit.

2. What in house training do they have available?  Could you be learning additional skills that would increase your opportunities for success at work? 

You are six months in, I would usually recommend giving a job a full year before looking to make a move.  It is usually better for your resume, not to mention that you have barely had a chance to sink your teeth into any kind of meaningful experience in your current role.  There is no need to make a bad impression, so be sure to do everything you can to seek success in your current role! 

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, January 13, 2016
I am sorry to hear you are unhappy in your current position. I think there are more employee's in this scenario than you may think, but there are definitely steps you can take to try to make improvements. The first step I would recommend is to have a conversation with your boss. I imagine your company does not want to pay you to sit around and would welcome the opportunity to provide you with more work. Now that you are 6 months into your job, I imagine you have a good grasp on your role and responsibilities. This is the perfect time to share this with your boss and let him/her know you are ready to take on more responsibility. I would be clear in exactly how much extra capacity you have. Give a set number of hours you can contribute to additional work each week. This way, your boss will know exactly how much you can take on and will feel more comfortable giving you larger projects that will last over long periods of time. If there is not additional work within your immediate team, ask if there are other teams you can assist or take on stretch projects with.
I would be hesitant to encourage you to leave your position since you are only 6 months in. Ideally, a recruiter likes to see you have stayed in a position for at least one year. You don't want your resume to appear you jump jobs because this may make another company hesitant to hire you. Take the time to have a conversation with your boss and allow him/her time to make a change. If you don't see a change within 3-4 weeks, try having a second conversation with your boss.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 15, 2016
You probably have already done this, but I would talk with your leader and ask for more responsibilities.  If you have, and they have not done anything, I would speak with your human resources department and explain the situation to them.  If you do not feel as if they are helping, then yes, it is probably time to look elsewhere.  I would be paitient, however, and make sure that the job you go to is one at which you feel you will be challenged, otherwise, you will be right back in the same situation.  Also, it is not a good idea to leave an employer, even a poor one, if you do not have another job lined up.  Interviewers will ask you about gaps in your employment, or worse, they may draw their own conclusions about such gaps.  Bottom line, you should do whatever you can to be happy with your job, but be cautious and paitient about the next opportunity.
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