Should I try to leave a job I started in the past few months?
April 8, 2011 2:19 PM Subscribe
I started a new job a month ago but it's turned out to be totally different than what I expected - and I want out. I'm within the three month probation period, but how hard is it going to be to find a new job? More questions inside.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in software development. I got out of my last job after more than three years because the company had no big projects and it felt like the ship was going down, and also because I was working from home all the time, and the lack of socialization was really getting to me. I took a new job that got me out of the house and working on some new stuff (specifically, different web framework).
Here I am a month later, and I'm really unhappy. No one in my new company talks to each other; they all just put their heads down, get the work done, and say nothing. They don't go out to lunch, and I'm more or less ignored unless I'm needed for something. Further, I really don't like the stuff I'm learning to do, and on top of all that, my supervisor is not the most pleasant guy, and I get the sense I'm constantly disappointing him. He's the micromanaging type, and treats me with a sort of general disdain. I know I have to prove myself, but this seems it's too much. In short, the position is really not at all what I thought it would be.
I'm currently working on something that won't end until this month, so I'm not going anywhere until then. But after that, what should I do? What can I do? I've spoken to two recruiters, and they both said that I should at least stick it out for a few months, and then maybe start looking. But how soon? Is three months enough time (to at least get past the probation period)? Six months? A year? No one seems to know. The more I talk about the position I'm in, the more upset it makes me.
More questions: How much will it hurt my chances to try to find a new job if employers see that I've only been there a few months (though my previous job was much longer)? Surely I can explain to them in the interview that it wasn't a good fit, but will I even get in the door? How can I explain it other than "the job wasn't a good fit"? Should I try to do this on my own, or go through a recruiter? Will doing the latter help to get around leaving a job this shortly, given that they often have a relationship with employers?
I'm really stuck here, and I would appreciate any help anyone could offer. I can PM people as necessary, I suppose, but I'm trying to do this anonymously for now.