My new job is, as they say, "not a good fit"
March 20, 2011 8:37 AM Subscribe
I hate my new job. I need to find another before I quit. How do I minimize the negative impact on potential employers?
posted by sock puppy to Work & Money (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I was laid off from my previous job in the fall, then was hired for my new position in late January. It's not working out, to put it mildly.
I told my new boss during my interview that I like to be busy and she assured me there would be plenty for me to do. There isn't. I've tried asking for more work from her but not only was I made to feel presumptuous for asking, she still hasn't given me anything. I've also been explicitly told by her that I'm not allowed to volunteer to do stuff for other departments.
If I were allowed to do personal stuff... read, study, surf the internet... it might be bearable but those things are forbidden. I open the mail, answer an incredibly light volume of phone calls, and literally just sit the rest of the time. I also find my boss's style of communicating and managing me to be insulting and demeaning, and basically I just can't see this job working out over the long term.
I plan to contact an employment service I used during my job search and ask them to reactivate me. (I did not obtain my current job through them, so that won't be an issue.) Unfortunately, I can't quit this job until I find another, and because I'll only be available to interview in the evenings, potential employers are going to have to be aware that I am working. So I assume this means I will have to put my current position on my resume.
I am concerned that when employers see this two-month position at the top of my resume they are going to see that as some sort of red flag and screen me out of the running without even giving me a chance to interview.
Is there anything I can or should do to minimize this perception? I'm sure the recruiter at my service will advise me how to handle the issue for interviews she sets up, and presumably she will be able to do some damage control when she talks to them about me. But I also plan to send out resumes online, and wonder if I should say something in my cover letter? If so, what should I say?
I know not to badmouth my current employer in interviews, and will go with "not enough to do" as my reason for leaving when asked. I'm just wondering if there is some way to handle the issue beforehand so my resume doesn't wind up in the trash.
I am over forty and have plenty of job experience. I was at my most recent previous job for six years before I got laid off.