Question: I graduated in May of last year and accepted pretty much the first job offer I got. I’ve been in this job for less than 6 months and I hate it! I know I should be grateful to have a job, but is it ok if I start looking for another job? – Morgan, South Dakota
Answer: Morgan, you’re not alone. I’ve worked with a number of recent graduates who have taken the first job offer they received after graduation and end up not being very happy with the job. Especially in a difficult job market, it’s not unusual to decide to take a position that may not be ideal, but allows you to make a living. If you can bring yourself to stay with your current employer for at least a year, that would be preferable. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t start your job search now. Recent reports indicate the average length of unemployment is about 9 months, so you can expect your job search to take about that long, if not longer. It’s also important to note that job searching is easier while you are still employed. If you are searching for a job after you’ve already left your job, you are much more likely to fall into the same situation you find yourself in now – accepting a job that may not be the best fit.
A few more things to keep in mind:
- During interviews, you should be prepared to explain why you want to leave your current employer after only being there for a short time.
- When interviewing, stay positive about your current employer and focus on how you intend to use your skills to benefit of your future employer.
- As much as you hate your job, try hard to still give 100% while at work; you still have your professional reputation to maintain.
- Look for ways to expand and develop your skills in your current job.
- Resist the temptation to speak ill of your job to your co-workers or professional network. If you have to debrief about how much you hate your job, speak with trusted friends or family members who will be discreet about the information you share.
- Do NOT share your discontent with your current job or employer on any social media sites.