What to do when your new job disappoints

What to do when your new job disappoints

by Eunice Chua 06 Feb 2020

The job description sounded perfect. The interview went through without a hitch and the first few days went splendid. But when the true scope of the job hits you a few weeks later and you realise this isn’t what you wanted, what do you do? Job-hopping is extremely common nowadays, especially when you take flexible skill sets into consideration. But don’t turn your thoughts to writing your resignation letter when the going gets tough – the likelihood of things turning out okay is higher than you think. Here’s how to deal with it and make the best of what you have.


  • Give yourself more time to adjust

Maybe you’re only a month in and you’re starting to notice a workplace culture that feels distinctly alien. Don’t fret – you’re still in the transition period. Give yourself at least six months to really adjust to your new job environment. The extra time will help you get used to the job requirements and build relationships with the people you work with. Also, holding the job for at least a year is a good idea that will work in your favour. You get to gain experience and it’ll look better on your CV at the same time.


  • Get to the root of the problem

It’s hard to hate EVERYTHING about a job. Usually, it’s several specific aspects that are bugging you – unfulfilled expectations or tasks that don't match the job description are common culprits. Identifying the problem and solving it can make your job a little closer to the one you initially applied for. A good first step is to schedule a meeting with your supervisor to voice out your concerns.


  • Build up your confidence again

One of the hardest parts about starting a new job is starting from scratch. Perhaps at your old job, you were one of the top dogs and people respected you. In this new place, you may not be the best anymore because there are new skills demanded of you that you may not be well-versed in. It’s okay and normal to take a good amount of time to build up your workplace reputation and “cred” again. The important thing is that you take progressive steps to achieve that. Go for seminars, take online lessons and most importantly, ask for help – getting a mentor to guide you closely helps a lot. If you’re not feeling particularly confident, remember that you were hired for a reason (even if you don't know what it is)!


  • Find happiness outside of work

While you’re putting in the effort to make it through this period of transition , balance your time in the workplace with the activities that take place outside of it. Keep your personal life active by continuing to socialise with your friends and family. When you’re in a better mood, a tough day at work won’t bring you down quite as much!


Dream jobs are an exceedingly rare occurrence in that they seldom start off perfect. Many careerists have experienced rough starts in the beginning, so don’t be too quick to give up on the job just yet. Even if it doesn’t work out after a year, you’ll at least have gained some experience, so make the most of your time there and don’t discount yourself from possible opportunities!