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How soon is too soon to quit a new job you hate?


It’s an all-too-common scenario: You’ve spent months interviewing for a new job when you finally secure a gig you’re excited about — until you start your first day and realize it’s nothing like what you thoughtThat was what it would be.

The January survey that included more than 2,000 respondents found 72% of Gen Z and Gen Millennial job-seekers felt surprised or disappointed at the fact that the new company or job they had been offered was different to what they thought. 2,500 young jobseekersThe Muse

Kathryn Minshew, founder of The Muse and CEO, said that the feeling of “shift shock”, could become more common during the Great Resignation. The demand for fast hires is overwhelming and job seekers don’t have a complete picture of hybrid workplaces.

Do you feel unhappy in your current job?

What is the right time to quit?

Young job seekers say that it is becoming more acceptable to leave a job you hate in today’s competitive job market.

The survey found that 20% of Gen Z and millennial job seekers would quit their jobs in a matter of months if the outcome was not as expected. 41% said they would wait two to six months and 35% would take seven to eleven months. Only 24% will stay with a job that isn’t good for at least a year to move on.

Minshew believes that the decision to quit or stay is one of your most personal decisions. Only you know if this job is a risk to your career or mental well-being. Is it different than what you are used to or expected?

Minshew states that there are certain signs you should be aware of, such as witnessing harassment at work or unethical conduct.

Minshew says that even though this may not be your case, Minshew says that “there are still working environments which are very challenging and/or quite different to your expectations but are where you might also learn a lot,”

A little bit of help to turn a terrible job around

You should also remember that not all people can quit to go on their own while searching for new jobs. Minshew believes that in these cases you can make an unpleasant job somewhat more manageable while looking for a new job.

Minshew recommends having an honest conversation with your boss about any discrepancies between what you saw during the hiring process and what you actually experience in the job. There are possible aspects of this job that were not understood by the recruiting manager or other team members.

These differences may be due to unintentional miscommunications that your manager can change. For example, your work hours and whether or not you are expected to be in-person. Or even the project that you were given. Minshew states that these differences could be a “possibility for professional growth” and should not be something you retreat from.

In the end, job seekers have the edge in today’s highly competitive marketplace. Therefore, recruiters are responsible for accurately advertising positions and company culture. In the event that they do not, there could be another wave of resignations within a few months.

Minshew says that the “rules we no longer follow” old advice to stay in bad jobs for at least one year even if it’s not what you like is incorrect.

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