Post # 1
Hi bees! I’ve been absent ever since I had this crazy-whirlwind job situation go down. Basically, about a month ago, I was offered a full time salaried position in my field (well, tangential to my field at least. I’m in marketing, this was graphic comms). I took it, and was SO EXCITED. Day 1 of my new job, I knew something was wrong. It didn’t feel right. It just wasn’t a good fit. I wasn’t experienced enough, and I just didn’t mesh with the office. Have you ever had that feeling with a new job?
I was just starting to feel like I should accept it and “grin and bear it” when, two weeks in, an amazing ad agency that I interviewed with called and offered me a job. Even better pay (with a 10% bonus at the end of each year), 5 weeks PTO per year, 12 paid holidays, insurance, 401k, etc. I was ecstatic.
It was a super difficult choice to make (I felt an ethical obligation to stay at my current position), but I decided that I was going to end up costing them even more time and resources by staying. I wouldn’t perform well, and guarenteed I would have ended up leaving to look for something else after a few months. So I emailed my supervisor and explained that I just didn’t think it would be a good fit. Long story short: today is day 1 of my new job, and I love it! It’s the difference between night and day.
Keep up hope if you’re unemployed. It took me 7 months post-graduation to get a “real” job, and then two come along at once! It WILL happen.
Also: I know it wasn’t the BEST thing to do to quit my new job (without notice). But in our handbook we have a probationary clause that dictates either party can end the working relationship without advance notice during the first 6 months if it’s not working out. I also made sure to get all projects done so they wouldn’t be left with half-finished work.
ETA: I just realized this has kind of “cool story, bro” thing going on, but the point is that you should always do what’s best for YOU, don’t let someone (especially a corporation) hold you back from being your happiest and best self.
Post # 3
@QueenOfSerendip: Kudos to you for finding what you truly believe is a better fit for you. Job-hunting/careers are a lot like dating – you wouldn’t keep dating some guy if you knew he was completely wrong for you long-term, would you? If anything, it’s best that you let the old place know ASAP instead of wasting their time.
Best of luck at your new position (although I’m sure you won’t need it)!
Post # 4
@MrsNewDay: Thanks! I totally agree… the longer you stay in denial about a bad job situation, the more time and resources you cost the company.
Post # 5
@QueenOfSerendip: Well done you! I’ve always been one of those people who knew within my first day.
I was working for a law firm I had high regard for and I knew within the first day it wasn’t for me. Fast forward three months into my job – I was miserable. Out of the blue I was offered a position with another law firm, offering way more money and a four day week – absolute no brainer. I’m now five months in my new position and I LOVE it!! Plus, like you, it opened up an opportunity for someone to take my old job. Someone who really would love it like I thought I would.
Post # 6
How did it go when you told old job it wasn’t working….did they have you leave immediately?
I am in a similar situation, I took a job I was unsure of and am extremely unhappy in it. Not all the info was presented to me in the offering phase and now I feel like this is not a good position for me. I don’t want to waste the companies time but have no idea how to tell them it isn’t working for me. I would like to leave and look for a different position or just focus on grad school for a little while.
I have only been there 3 weeks and they also have six month probation term where you can leave without notice….otherwise they require 4 weeks of notice.
Post # 7
I like this post…Good for you! Congratulations!
Post # 8
Congratulations!! That’s very exciting, and I’m so happy for you, that you found a better job that suits you better!
Post # 9