Don’t let the new job remorse destroy your career

by Ghost writers


he Muse surveyed more than 2,500 millennials and Gen Zs about their new employment experiences, and the results were shocking.   Surprisingly, 72 percent said they had recent job regrets, mostly because they felt perspective employers had somewhat deceived them of what the job specification involved.   In addition, job candidates shared that they were disheartened about the company’s broader version and their career growth.

Age hasn’t anything to do with it

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New job regret isn’t related to those in their 20s or 30s, almost anyone can experience this dreadful feeling.  In fact, new job regret has led to anxiety, depression, and nervous breakdown depending on how attached the employee is to the job based on their financial situation.  The Muse’s results showed 20% of new workers quit their job within the first month of accepting the position.  Moreover, 41% would stay for just 2 to 6 months before the stress got the better of them.

Well, what I will do is share tips for dealing with your new job regrets….

Give yourself some time to adjust

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When starting a new job, you are introducing yourself to a new routine, environment, co-workers’ workers, bosses, managers; in short, a whole new world. You can’t expect to blend in immediately. Carly Mednick, a cofounder at Monday Talent, shared that there is always an adjustment period after joining a new workplace. This adjustment period will allow you to adapt to your new role and environment. If possible, start writing a work journal, taking stock of the pros and cons. 

Also, try to avoid looking back at the perks of the last job you left there for a reason.  Writing down the pros and cons of the new job can help you gain a clear picture of the advantages, which should give you motivation in the long run if there’s a sunny side.  But if you must leave the job, according to job coaches, after 6 months on your new job, if you are still questing if you made the right decision, give your resignation letter.

Find The Real Reason Behind New Job Regret

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Here you have to look a little deeper.  Ask yourself what is your mental state right now.  Maybe you went in with high hopes, only to realize that the job description was actually as stated, but you had blinders on, only seeing the fine print of what you envisioned of making the company better. 

Also, pay attention to race relationships, especially if you are a minority.  Maybe when you started, there were ample people who represented your culture, but only to discover that they left their position for one reason or another. 

Also, look at the ethical reasons.  Do they go against your values, do people complain about discrimination, or does the job go against your immoral behavior?  If that’s the case, then your new job regret is valid, and the best course of action is to exit first thing Monday morning. 

Still yet, think about why you quit your last job. Is there anything similar bothering you in your current position? Finding answers to these questions will help you horn in on the reasons for new job regret that might not otherwise have been seen at the surface level. 

Communication with Your Boss or Manager

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Another great tip we would like to give you is your relationship with your new boss/employer/manager.

If you are feeling serious concerns in your new workplace and think this needs to be addressed immediately, talk openly with your employer.  It might be a no-brainer, but you will be shocked at the number of people he doesn’t follow this advice. Keeping effective communication open about your problems on the job, career goals, and concerns with your employer will let them know you are joining this company as a team player who supports their broader vision.

It can also be a win-win by keeping open communication with your current employer because this will give them a better idea of your potential. And who knows, your employer might get you a project that allows creativity, not to mention help you get rid of new job regrets. 

Maintain Relationship With Your Previous Employer

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This is something which can save you in a situation of new job regrets. If you think you can’t bear the new job and feel the previous job was right for you, go back. There might be a 60% to 70% chance your old employer will let you in. But only if you have maintained a relationship with him.  But keep in mind, some companies avoid hiring their employees again.

Frame Your Story & Resign Gracefully

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So, if you have waited for 4 to 6 months and still feel like the new job is giving you the urge to give your best, it is time to call it quits. But you must frame your story in an appreciated manner.  

Sounds simple, right? Of course not; resigning is every employer’s fear to a certain extent.  But if you respectfully tell them this isn’t helping their own organization, then there is a higher chance that you will resign gracefully.

These 5 tips on dealing with new job regrets can best get you thinking before making a major decision.   New job regrets are normal, but you must look at the broader picture of your career.  But before you make any decision, make sure you have a decent amount of funds before resigning. You wouldn’t want to experience another regret of not having enough funds afterward.

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