We all start with high hopes when we land a new job. What to do when it doesn’t work Sometimes, despite our best efforts, the job we were so excited about just doesn’t match. Maybe the job we’re supposed to do isn’t the one we were interviewed for. Or the great manager who hired us leaves out of the blue and the new manager has a different role in mind for us. Worse yet, maybe the new manager doesn’t like us or thinks we’re a threat.
Then it’s time to go shopping for another job, in total discretion, of course! And the sooner the better, because if you don’t think the job is right, your employer is probably on the same page. It’s better if you go on your terms than wait and see what your boss has in mind.
Before taking action, think about why the job didn’t work out. Are there any questions you didn’t ask but should have asked? Have you ignored obvious warning signs or ignored more subtle signs of a possible lag? What will you do differently this time, so as not to make the same mistake?
If you know in a few days or weeks that the job isn’t right for you and you haven’t updated your LinkedIn profile or alerted your wider network that you’ve accepted a job, resume your job search where you left it. disabled. No need to update your LinkedIn profile or CV with your latest information just yet.
If you’ve been at work for several months or a year, quietly activate your immediate network with an update. Give them a shortened version of your situation, your new boss has left, the business has changed hands, job responsibilities have changed or weren’t clearly defined. No whining, just the facts, then come back around and tell them what you’re looking for: ideas, information and presentations.
Update your CV to include recent accomplishments. Review your LinkedIn profile to reflect current job responsibilities in as positive a light as possible. Share aspects of the job that you enjoy or that have been valuable to your professional development. You want to hire the hiring managers, not to give the impression that you are trapped in work hell. Don’t hesitate to take credit for your accomplishments, even if they aren’t what you expected.
Schedule time for your job search outside of working hours. It’s too easy to convince yourself that things will magically improve. If you don’t consciously take the time to explore other options, it won’t happen. The job market is hot right now, so take advantage of it by being proactive.
Stay active on LinkedIn, post or comment regularly. Reach out to members of your network and beyond to connect. The wider and deeper your network, the more likely it is that someone you know can put you in touch with the hiring manager when the opportunity arises.
While your eyes are on the horizon, stay focused on the job during work hours. You don’t want to give your employer a reason to let you go and there is always a chance that a good position could open up in your current company and you want the opportunity to be considered for that!
Mary Jeanne Vincent, career expert and strategist, has a coaching firm in Monterey. She can be reached at 831-657-9151, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.careercoachmonterey.com