Hey! Sometimes it happens. The thrill of your new work situation is past. You're onboard now. But it's just not what you thought. Your new work doesn't match your expectations . . . you're disappointed . . . maybe even depressed. So, what do you do now?
Anytime you come into a new situation--on or off the job--there's a period of adjustment. It's never everything you imagined. This is true of life. If you're aware of the psychology of new situations you're not surprised. And you know that, given a little time, things will smooth out.
But what if it doesn't. What if the first couple months have not changed your perceptions? Increasingly you're coming to realize you may have made a mistake. Here are some steps to take so you don't make a bigger mistake and act too hastily.
1. Schedule a meeting with your boss. Do not come in with a list of grievances or issues. Rather look for feedback. Ask, "How am I doing?" You may get positive reinforcement that dispels your concerns. On the other hand you may validate your concern and you find out that things will only get worse.
2. Formulate a plan of action for improving your situation. Are there things you could ask your employer that will make things better for you? You'll get a helpful response if you come to the table with practical ideas. Remember, conscientious employers don't gain anything by losing you.
3. If you're at the point where you wake up on Monday morning sick to your stomach because you have to go to work, then it's time to plan your exit. First, look to see if a transfer to a job in a different part of the company is possible. If not put a sensible plan in place for making your move.
4. Do not quit your job till you have something to move to. Do not burn your bridges at your current job.
So, if you decide that the best course is to start a new work campaign, do it with a plan in mind.
You know, today's job marketplace is precarious enough without having a very recent job move on your resume. You need to have every advantage going for you.
For example, your resume can't be a dry recital of your work history. In fact, that may work against you in this case Instead, you need a bio-active resume that portrays you as a proactive contributor with a forward looking perspective. You want to give an employer what they're really looking for . . . a solution to their problems.
Then, too, you must be prepared to go after prospective employers in a much more proactive way by using alternative job search techniques. For example, you want to develop a group of informed career partners who can advise you and introduce you to key players in your field.
Without question referrals are the easiest and fastest way to get in front of the person who could be your next boss. And, of course, once you're in front of a decision-maker, you want to be prepared to conduct a non-interview . . . one in which you move their thinking forward instead of just answering questions. You help them see that you bring skills to the table that are applicable to the organization's needs.
All of this takes a carefully crafted plan. But when you have a solid roadmap in front you, your next job search can be fast and lucrative!
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