New Job Regret? What to do if You’ve Made a Mistake

By November 27, 2017For Talent

Are you having second thoughts about a recent career move? Maybe the work is not as interesting as you thought it would be or you’re just not gelling with your new colleagues.

Don’t worry, we are here to help. Here’s what you should do if you think you have made a career blunder.

Don’t make any rash decisions

A career isn’t made or destroyed based on one decision. If you think you’ve made an awful mistake leaving your old job that’s fine. You’re not helpless. You can leave at any stage.

You should, however, give your new job at least a 6-month trial. It takes time to get used to a new work environment, make friends in a new office and fully acquaint yourself with your workload.

If you’re still not feeling it after 6 months then hand in your notice, say goodbye and don’t look back. There is no point staying there any longer if you are not happy.

Take off the rose-coloured glasses

Remember the reasons why you left your old job. If you were really and truly happy there then you wouldn’t have walked out the door. Ask yourself if you would be willing to return to those problems.

It could be helpful to meet up with old colleagues to see if any of your pain points have been resolved. The grass will always seem greener on the other side so try to look at this as objectively as possible.

Get granular 

Try to write down exactly what you don’t like about your new job. This will help you to distinguish whether it’s the role or the company itself that you don’t like.

Have a work journal. Write down everything that is bothering you. Do you think they will get better with time? Is the dissatisfaction in this job greater or equal to the dissatisfaction you felt in your old job?

Talk to your current employer

You need to let your new employer know that you are struggling with some aspects of your job. Arrange to have a meeting to talk things through. Maybe you are unsure of your remit or simply need some help getting your head around a process. Talking things through could help put your mind at ease.

Reach out

If you haven’t burned any bridges you should contact your former employer to let them know that you are interested in returning.

While some companies have policies in place that limit hiring previous employees others are more than happy to accept so-called ”boomerang” members of staff.

You need to remember that your role may have already been filled but they will hopefully keep you in mind for future vacancies.

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Author Alice Murray

Alice Murray is a Content Creator at Jobbio with a passion for Employer Branding and Graduate Culture. She's a keen traveller and a self-proclaimed lazy runner.

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