What Do You Do When Your New Job isn’t What You Expected

The excitement and the happiness that you get once you hear the good news that you have been hired is something that you can’t hide. It could be due to the relief or achievement of facing an interview successfully, the satisfaction of being the pick of the lot amongst the candidates who came for the interview, the love for the job, or finding a source of stable income. For whatever reason it be, it’s no wonder, that our emotions run wild. But how do you cope if you find out that you are not doing what you applied for?

Stay Professional

It is humanly to get angry and upset with the employer and blow the fuse, but it is very important that you consider a few things and assess the situation. If you could analyze what the requirements were and what was said at the interview and compare it with what you are doing, it is quite likely you’ll find where your expectations derailed. It could be that your responsibilities differ from what you thought and expected them to be.
As a professional if you give room to second thoughts it is quite likely you could come across various reasons. For instance, think about the prevailing pandemic where furloughing employees exceed employing; the HR department may be having a hard time apportioning the work of the furloughed employees to the others and amid the turmoil, they could have forgotten to arrange a new hire orientation. Or maybe you would have to wait your turn if the company is big and trains new employees in batches.

Give it a chance

The environment may be strange and the nature of the work maybe not your favorite, but it advisable that you give it time. Hiring managers have an uncanny ability to find what you are really good at, regardless of what is on the resume. They could have found something that they were looking for, in you. Although at first, you may find the job you applied for and the responsibilities to differ like chalk and cheese, who knows, down the line you may embrace the opportunity.

Speak to the Manager

If the situation persists and you start surviving rather than thriving on the job, it is better for you to clarify your doubts with your Manager. It is best if you could jot down points of what the job description said and the responsibilities pertaining to it and explain how it differs from what you are doing now. By all means, keep it to proving your point not driving your point home. What if after all, it was just a misunderstanding of the employer who is willing to change your responsibilities.

Look for a new job

Now that you’ve spoken to the Manager or the HR, you should have found out for yourself whether to keep hanging onto the job or to venture out. If you weren’t given a favorable reply it is advisable that you start applying for jobs on Job boards and Social media platforms.
As you’ve just learned a life lesson, make sure you read the details in the job description thoroughly so that you can deduce the responsibilities, the pay, hours, work environment, or whichever factor or factors matter the most. You don’t want to be in this sticky situation once again, do you?
When you start facing interviews Hiring Manager or HR representatives may bombard you by asking why you left the previous job within a short period. Be honest with your answer and refrain from speaking ill about the organization you left. More details your present better the chances of you leading the employer into thinking you as the cause of the issue. Speak wisely.

Reach out to your former employer

Chances are high that your previous employer still has the position open if you were to turn down the new job in a couple of weeks. Have you had left the last place of your work with a good reputation; got along well with managers, coworkers and received positive reviews, you could be employed again without going through the hassle of facing interviews. But if in the event your position in the company is occupied, you could use the network of your previous employer to spread the word.

Let your network know

From informing your previous coworkers, clients to updating your status on social media, take every measure to let your network know that you are job hunting.
Gabby Lennox, a career coach at Kornferry, a consulting firm said “If you have ended your job,” then, start a new current employment section and call it “Seeking Opportunities”,”. Well, having said that it is not enough to just portray you are job hunting online but you too have to talk to people. Be it your last employer, office colleagues or client tell them the truth about how you ran into an unexpected situation. Although they may or may not help you land a job, one thing is for sure; they may know of someone who is recruiting and could connect you with a potential employer.
In a survey carried out in 2018 by a talent management company where 1000 companies took part, it was stated that 78% of the 320,000 hires were made offline, therefore getting those relationships going may help you land a job.

Update your resume

Although you might not have enjoyed doing the job, there could be skills that you gained trying to fit into somebody else’s boots. Don’t forget to list them in your resume, maybe you learned how to adapt. Consider whether you’ll need to include the short stay in your resume. Either way, you will have to be answerable to Hiring Managers as it goes down as short work history or may look like a gap in employment.