The Right Way to Quit a Job You Just Started

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Starting a new job is difficult. Even if you’re enjoying the role, it’s normal to feel nervous as you get to know your new team and understand your new boss’s expectations—feelings which usually resolve themselves once you get more comfortable and settle into the role.

But sometimes a new job just isn’t the right fit, no matter how much effort you put into it. While there’s something to be said for pushing yourself in a new role, quitting a job you just started could be the best thing for your career in the long run.

How to Decide if It’s Worth Quitting a New Job

Before jumping straight to resignation, think about why you’re not happy with the job.

Now, ask yourself: “Are these reasons worth quitting over?”

It might be worth staying in your new job if…

Many reasons people have to want to quit new jobs are chalked up to the nerves and self-doubt that comes with the pressure of starting a new role. This could include things like not being confident that you have the skills required for the job or not being sure if you’re fitting in with your team.

In these situations, if you can push yourself and hang in there, you might be able to exceed in the role and it could be a great opportunity for growth. So don’t discount it right away, even if it requires working some long hours to prove yourself until you settle into the role and feel more comfortable.

It might be worth quitting your new job if…

You could be posed with obstacles in a new job that are non-negotiable for you. This could include a job that’s either too advanced or not challenging enough, or maybe the role isn’t turning out to be what you discussed during the interview. Other problems could include issues with the company culture or creative differences with your team that you can’t compromise on.

Before discounting the role, try to speak with your boss to discuss any challenges or frustrations you’re having. While it can be intimidating to have these discussions with a new boss, it’s better to have an awkward conversation than to have regrets.

You never know, you could be reading the situation all wrong and your boss could be receptive to your point of view. If not, then it at least confirms that quitting is the right decision.

Offer a Professional Resignation

Even if you haven’t been in the role for long, it’s still in your best interest to be respectful and professional in your resignation. Every contact in your career can be useful in your journey, so you don’t want to hurt relationships or your reputation.

Be prepared to explain your reason for leaving with your manager. In this scenario, providing an honest, yet respectful response is your best course of action. Share why this role isn’t a right fit, like if you feel you don’t have the right skills for the position, or if the role really isn’t aligned with your interests or career goals.

Try to avoid speaking ill of your fellow employees or the company itself, even if this is part of your reason for leaving. You’re already out the door, so as long as what you have experienced did not include any type of harassment or other illegal behavior, it’s really not worth risking your reputation over.

If you’re still on a probationary period, you’re likely not obligated to provide the standard two weeks’ notice. However, if possible and if it seems appropriate, it’s worth offering a notice period to give the company time to find a replacement.

Explaining Short-Term Employment to Future Employers

Be prepared for future employers to ask about short stints on your resume. If you’re asked this question in interviews, be open in explaining your reasoning and what you learned from the experience.

Highlight how this new role you’re applying for would provide what you are looking for in your career, pinpointing specific areas of the job description to illustrate your points. This could include certain skills that you want to continue to grow, or particular areas of interest that you are passionate about, and how this new position will provide a good opportunity for that.

Always keep the discussion positive. Complaining about a past role will make you seem like you’re difficult to work with and hurt your chances at being offered a role.

Nowadays, people are changing positions more and more, so most employers won’t mind. In fact, leaving a job that doesn’t suit you shows that you take your career seriously and want to find a role that is truly a good fit, which are values any employer would want in a prospective employee.

In the End, It’s Your Career

While you might feel guilty quitting a job you just started, you have to follow your gut instincts and do what feels right for you. It’s better to make the move before you’re vital than to spend time in a role that you don’t find fulfilling, which often leads to your work and reputation suffering as result.

Not every role in your career is going to be your dream come true. Some roles are necessary steps to reach your goals—but you shouldn’t settle on a role that isn’t going to help you move in the right direction.

Ultimately, there’s only one question you have to ask yourself: Does your role challenge you and make you feel like you’ve accomplished something positive at the end of the day? If so, you will always find yourself working in the right direction.

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Published on Dec 13, 2017 Filed under Job Search