You landed聽a new job. Score! Most of the time, you鈥檙e pretty psyched to start聽a new career chapter. But what happens if after a few days, weeks or months you realize your brand new聽gig isn鈥檛 such a great fit after all? Maybe the work聽culture isn鈥檛 what you expected, you鈥檙e really clashing with your new team or the actual work you鈥檙e doing isn鈥檛 what you signed up for. It鈥檚 a really tricky situation. Should you quit your job, stick it out or try to find something new? We tapped some experts to get their creative strategies for how to deal when you realize you wish you hadn鈥檛 taken that new job after all.

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Try to Fix the Problem

Of course, the first thing you should do is check in with your boss to聽see if the problem can be fixed. 鈥淯nderstand why it鈥檚 not working out,鈥 says Leila Hock, career strategy coach and founder of Alignment Coaching. 鈥淩emember that you can always learn something from any situation. This might be your time to learn how to work with difficult people. Make that your main work goal and trust that it will serve you in the future.鈥 Fair enough. 鈥淚f your work isn鈥檛 fulfilling or challenging, set goals and be proactive for the type of work you seek. If you learn quickly that it鈥檚 a poor culture fit, seek out others in the organization that feel more like you.鈥

It鈥檚 definitely聽worth it to try to find any allies that you can, so you have people to connect with. 鈥淣o organization is homogenous, so chances are, there鈥檒l be someone you can befriend and share your challenges with. If they鈥檝e been around longer, they might even show you the ropes on how to deal with some of the challenges you鈥檙e facing.鈥

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See If You Can Make An Easy Exit

If it seems like the problem isn鈥檛 fixable, you have a few options, according to Kathi Elster, career and executive coach, co-author of titles like聽Mean Girls at Work聽and cohost of the Podcast聽My Crazy Office.聽If not much time has passed since you started, and you were offered another job, see if it鈥檚 still available, she suggests. Also, if you liked your old job, it鈥檚 worth seeing if聽it鈥檚 still available.聽鈥淚f you left your last job on good terms, this might work. If you burnt a bridge or you quit without notice it won鈥檛,鈥 she explains.

鈥淟et鈥檚 say that you left on good terms. See if your old boss is available for an early morning coffee, and when you鈥檙e face to face only (don鈥檛 do this in an email or text!), you can say something like: 鈥楿nfortunately I learned a few things about my new job once I was there that are聽in conflict with my values. Is there any way I can come back, either full or part-time or even on a freelance basis?'鈥 The answer to this question might be no, but it鈥檚 worth a try if you feel there鈥檚 a chance it could work.

Another option is to try to convert your new job into a freelance one so that you don鈥檛 have to spend as much time in the office.聽鈥淭his can be tough to accomplish, but I鈥檝e helped clients do it,鈥 admits Elster. 鈥淏e sure to approach your new boss in person and, depending on why this job is not working out, you can explain that your personal situation has changed.鈥 You can also tell them聽that you feel you鈥檇 be more productive working from home because of the working conditions at the company. After all, 鈥淎sking if it鈥檚 a possibility is not the same as saying it has to be that way,鈥 she notes. You鈥檒l never know if you don鈥檛 ask.

young woman job search

Get Back Out On the Job Hunt

If none of the above is working for you and you don鈥檛 feel like you can stick it out, the next step is to start looking for a new position. 鈥淪taying at a job that鈥檚 a bad fit can erode your self-confidence,鈥澛爊otes Elster, which is definitely not something you want. On the other hand, it鈥檚 ideal to stay in any job for a year if possible, Hock says. 鈥淛ust focus on what you鈥檙e learning 鈥斅燼bout yourself, about organizations, about others or about your technical work. Focus on moving forward and staying engaged in your community outside of your new job to keep yourself open to other opportunities.鈥 But, she does say that 鈥淚f a perfect opportunity falls in your lap within the first year, don鈥檛 be afraid to take it.鈥

Prioritize Self-Care

If you hate your job, taking care of yourself in your off-hours becomes even more important.鈥漇elf-care is critical,鈥 says Elster. 鈥淏e sure you鈥檙e sleeping and eating right and don鈥檛 forget to exercise.鈥 Hanging with your friends is another must. 鈥淪tay engaged in your community outside of work so you keep your perspective,鈥 recommends Hock. 鈥淩emember that you are not your job, and you are more than what you do. Pursue your interests and hobbies, volunteer and do your best to leave work at work.鈥 We couldn鈥檛 agree more!

聽Have you ever taken a job you ended up hating? What did you do? Tell us about it @BritandCo!

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