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What to do if your job doesn't meet expectations

By Hays Experts


You put in the work, did the research and sailed through the interviews – before you knew it, you landed that job which, on paper, perfectly matched your skills, aspirations the type of company you wanted to work for.

Except the role you’re working now is unrecognisable from the one you interviewed for. Perhaps you’re not getting the training you were promised, your day-to-day tasks aren’t close to what was advertised or the organisational culture doesn’t live up to expectations. Whether things were wrong from day one, or your role has gradually changed over time, you’re starting to feel unhappy with what your job has become, and perhaps a little panicked that you’re on a path you didn’t want.

So, what do you do now? Here’s three tips to get your career back on track.

  1. Talk to your manager
    The first course of action you should take is to raise the issue with your manager. You never know, this may be a short-term issue which will soon be fixed by a restructure or an upcoming project. Explain to your manager your concerns and try to put in place concrete solutions to fix the problems you’re experiencing. For example, if you’ve not yet received the training that was promised at the start of your role, find out when you can expect this to take place. Communication can go a long way, so keep channels of dialogue open and try to steer your role back to its original course.
  2.  Make a sideways move
    If it doesn’t seem like the job you originally applied for is going to rematerialise, it is worth considering whether there are any alternative roles you could take on within the organisation. After all, the organisation clearly sees something in you if they hired you. Do some research and see what’s on offer – you never know, you may find something even better than your original role.
  3.  Search for something new
    If neither of the above options are getting results, the best thing you can consider is looking for a new job that is better suited to your skillset and aspirations. While it can be disappointing when a job does not work out as you hoped, chances are your next role will be more in line with expectations and offer you more opportunities to make an impact. Revise your CV and talk to a recruitment consultant to help speed up your search.

We’ve got plenty of tips to help you update your CV, prepare for interviews and make an impression in your new job on our career advice page. Alternatively, you can get in contact with one of our expert recruitment consultants for a confidential chat about finding your next role.

About this author

Beginning life in 1968 with just a handful of employees, Hays how has over 7,800 recruiting specialists worldwide, including 1,800 in the UK. Our consultants are experts in their field, helping professionals advance their careers, and organisations find the right talent.


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