As one of the top employment agencies in Tempe, PrideStaff knows it’s happened to the best of professionals – you accept a job offer with wonderful intentions…and then three weeks into it, you realize it’s just not for you.

So should you cut your losses and move on, or try to make it work? Here are some questions to consider before you make a decision either way:

1. Were Your Expectations Too High, or Were You Sold a Bill of Goods?

For instance, if you expected a more flexible schedule, was it because you had a flexible schedule in the past and just presumed your new employer would offer that same benefit? Or did the interviewer actually tell you that flex schedules were an option? If it’s the former, then you need to understand that you walked into the situation with assumptions that simply weren’t true.

2. What Specifically Don’t You Like?

It’s easy to say “I hate my job,” but think about what specifically you don’t like about it. Is it your boss, your co-workers, the commute, your responsibilities? Some of these things you can change, and some of them you can’t. It’s important to be aware of the source of your unhappiness so you can determine whether it’s something that can be altered.

3. Is There Someone at Work You Can Talk to About This?

If you’ve struck up a friendship with a co-worker, then seek him or her out and ask their thoughts. For example, if you’re not getting along with your new boss, see if this is particular to you or a common workplace occurrence for everyone. If you’re the only one sharing this issue, then perhaps you’re not in the right work environment.

4. Can You Stay for a Bit Longer?

New jobs take some time to adjust to. And if you’ve only been there a couple of weeks, you should consider giving it a bit more time to make sure it’s really not for you. In addition, keep in mind that having such a short position on your resume could hurt your future job search, so it may be worth it to stay put.

5. Can You Afford to Resign?

You might hate your new job, but you also have bills to pay. So if quitting puts you in a precarious financial situation, then you really need to think practically about the situation. You may in fact need to hold onto the position until you find another one.

6. How Can You Make Sure You Don’t Make the Same Mistake Again?

If you do decide to quit, then the last thing you want to do is make the same mistake twice. So look at your past job search efforts. Think about the kinds of questions you didn’t – but should have – asked in the interview. The bottom line is that need to understand what happened so it doesn’t happen again.

Need Some Guidance in the Job Search Department?

If you do, give PrideStaff a call. As one of the top employment agencies in Tempe, we’ve been making great matches between job seekers and employers for over 30 years. And we have the resources, knowledge, and network to help you too!

Ready to learn more? Contact PrideStaff today.

2 Responses to “Hate Your New Job? Here’s What to Do”

  1. Brad Shelton

    I just moved to the Phoenix area from Denver and I’m searching for a job. I haven’t had to look for a job in over 20 years so I’m a bit rusty and need some help. I was hoping to talk to someone who may be able to guide me in the right direction.

    Thank you,

    • Brad Smith


      Thanks for the comment, someone from our office will be in touch right away.


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