Have you ever started a new job and discovered that it wasn’t at all what you expected? You really wanted to get out of your previous company for whatever reason, so you started looking for a new job. Then, lo and behold, you got a new offer! Eager and excited to start something new, hoping this job would be way better than your last one, you show up on your first day… Only to get seriously disappointed.
The above scenario is not unusual and can happen to anyone. Let’s talk about how you can potentially avoid this type of scenario. And, what can you do if this happens anyway?
Plan before you search.
You know your current job is not working for you and you are ready to make a change. Your current company isn’t paying you enough. Or perhaps you can’t stand your new manager. Maybe you feel stuck in a box with no real room to grow and develop in your career. Whatever the reason is, you know it’s time to move on.
As much as I agree with this decision, one of the biggest mistakes people make is rushing it without a solid plan. It is very important to be crystal clear about what you want, and it’s not enough to just know what you don’t want anymore. If you don’t have a solid plan for your career, it’s easy to land in another pitfall.
Do Your Research
Every career expert out there will tell you about researching a company before you apply there. What can you learn about the company culture from research? A lot, actually, if you invest enough time into it. You may not learn everything you need to know online, so keep your eyes and ears open during your job interview. Don’t just focus on getting the job, consider if you even want it.
Believe it or not, being selective will also make you a stronger candidate. Desperate candidates are a big turn off for hiring managers. When you are desperate out there simply looking for another job, it’s harder for them to see you as the right fit. Do you honestly mean what you say or are you just saying it to get the job?
What if you still end up in a rut?
Sometimes research is not enough. You may miss important steps and come across some misleading information online. You don’t have any friends you can trust who currently work for the company to give you a full scope. Or, let’s face it, you didn’t do your homework and landed this job you hate. Now what?
This really depends on your situation, your experience, and your tolerance. The safest thing to do is to hang in there until you can find another job. Hopefully, you can do your diligent homework this time around. If the stress is really bad, sometimes it’s best to just quit and pretend this job never happened. Don’t put it on your resume, LinkedIn and don’t mention it during interviews.
Finally, having a professional career coach on your side can really do wonders. Not only will this help you deal with your stress of your current job or job search, it will save you time as you will learn effective job search strategies and how to sell yourself during an interview. In other words, you will find your next job faster, and it will be better quality and higher pay.
Katherine Bouglai is a career transition coach and the founder of Blossom Career. She works with professionals in technology who have recently lost their jobs and are looking for successful career transition. Her specialties include career change, resume development, job search strategies, job interview preparations, offer negotiations and other related skills.