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When Your New Job Is a Mistake

new job a mistake

So, you started a new job, but after 6 months, you realised you’d made a mistake?

I’ve worked with more than one executive client who found themselves in the same position.

If you feel the current company isn't the right fit for you, you will need to approach the situation methodically.

Here's the advice I would usually offer:

Get clarity on why the company isn't the right fit first:

- Is it the company culture?

- Is it the nature of the job or the responsibilities?

- Is it the people or management?

- Is it personal reasons, like work-life balance or commute?

Discuss your feelings with your boss or trusted mentor.

Sometimes, there might be ways to adjust your role and expectations or address concerns that can make the situation more manageable.

Evaluate the opportunity costs.

Leaving a senior position after only 6 months can be a significant decision. Think about:

- How will I put this on my resume?

- What are the financial implications?

- What are the professional and personal opportunities and challenges you might face if you stay versus if you go?

Consider a transition plan.

If you're leaning toward leaving, think about what type of role/company would be a better fit, your safety net (finances and potential job opportunities), and ensuring you leave on good terms and without burning bridges.

Seek feedback.

Talk to trusted colleagues, mentors, or friends about your situation. They might offer a fresh perspective or advice based on their own experiences.

Update your career strategy.

Take this experience as a lesson. What will you prioritize in your next role or company? What will you avoid? Consider working with a career counselor to refine your strategy and support you throughout your decision-making process.

Remember that every experience, good or bad, contributes to your personal and professional growth - use this experience as a stepping stone, not a stumbling block.

Your mental and physical well-being should be paramount, so, if the role or company culture is taking a toll on your health, that’s a clear sign to move on.

Work smarter, not harder. 🍀 I’m just a message away if you need me. 💬


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