It can happen to anyone. You apply for a great sounding job, interview, and get an offer. You’re excited, so you accept. Then, suddenly, within the first few days or weeks in your new position, you realize that the job isn’t at all what you expected. You’ve been catfished! What happens next? How do you make a change without burning bridges or affecting your chances at any other jobs in the area? Here are a few things you can do to correct the problem fast.
Your initial instinct may be to abandon all hope and bolt. This won’t serve you or your job search in the long run. Instead, take some time to breathe and relax before making any decisions. If your first response is panic, you will prevent yourself from coming up with any more creative solutions that can help you sort out your next steps.
Take Some Time
It’s okay if the job isn’t what you expected at the start. But, before you do anything about it, take some time to see what happens. You may find that you like what you’re doing now. Or you may start to get more tasks that are in line with your expectations once the training period is up.
Talk to Your Manager
If you’re unhappy with the situation, don’t be afraid to talk with your manager. Ask them for a meeting to discuss the situation so you don’t blindside them. In the meeting, be honest. Tell them that throughout the interview process you had expected the job to be one thing and now you find that it isn’t. They may be able to work with you to find a solution.
Review Your Options
If there are no ways to make the job fit what you were expecting, it’s time to consider what’s next. There are a few factors to consider. For example, if you are only a week or so into the job and you turned down another offer for this one, give the other company a call. You may be able to restart the conversation. You can also prepare your answers to questions for when you start interviewing again.
If the interview bait and switch was an indicator that something is horribly wrong, just leave. Though 2 weeks’ notice is considered the industry standard, it doesn’t have to apply to a job where you’ve only been for a week or two. Just go ahead and quit. Be as gracious as possible, but this isn’t a bridge that you need to worry about burning. If it’s been a short time frame, you don’t even have to mention it in future interviews.
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