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Wrong job: what to do?

Wrong job? To put it casually, one could now say: Gone stupid… Graduated with top marks, then applied, got the job at the company of your choice straight away, started full of vigor and with a winning attitude - and then that: The first job is completely disenchanted. I had imagined it differentlysome young professionals think in frustration. But what to do when you can in the wrong job find again? Quit - after maybe just a few months? Quite a few people have doubts about how that would look in their résumé and application ... And it's also difficult to talk to the boss about it, this part of the problem is not uncommon. So it's a real dilemma. Anyone who realizes that they are in the wrong job should still do something ...

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Why do you end up in the wrong job at all?

The tasks are different from what you imagined, The working atmosphere is similar to the temperature of the refrigerator, the boss turns out to be a classic unsympathetic person and you even don't seem to like the office.

There are various reasons why a new job can be considered after a short period of time wrong job can turn out. The question remains: Why did you not notice this before the employment contract was signed and the first few days have already passed?

  • They were under pressure.

    The longer the job search takes, the greater the pressure that job seekers will be exposed to. Either unemployment should end as quickly as possible or one would like to finally leave an old job behind.

    Applications are sent for all possible positions in the hope of being accepted somewhere - which unfortunately can also end up in the wrong job.

  • They were poorly informed.

    Sometimes you only see what you want to see. An employer seems to be very promising and then also makes a good job offer? Many people access it without thinking about it or obtaining additional information.

    Anything that does not correspond to your own ideas is only discovered in everyday work and leads to frustration.

  • You didn't trust your feelings.

    Without knowing why, some jobs leave you feeling uncomfortable in your stomach area. Since one does not know its cause, it is pushed aside by many, which can turn out to be a mistake in retrospect.

    It is not for nothing that our subconscious warns of some decisions, since it has noticed small things that have escaped our conscious perception.

Frustration and disappointment about the wrong job run deep right at the beginning, but as bad as it may seem to you, there are a few things that you do learn from the situation can.

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Wrong job? Lessons You Can Learn From It

In the long run, of course, the goal is avoid wrong jobs and to find a position with an employer that makes you happy and fulfills your career. In most cases, however, this is not the first digit that is accepted.

Job changes over time can be too Stopovers who do not have anything in common with their own ideas about a dream job.

But you can also gain something from this if you look at yourself deals with the situation and focuses on the positive aspects.

  1. You learn not to take the first offer that comes up

    It is all too understandable and shows your motivation and willingness to perform that you want to find a new job as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it doesn't help if it's the wrong one. Therefore, before you make a commitment, you should ask yourself whether it is actually a good choice.

    While the situation may make it necessary to find a job quickly, it should not affect your satisfaction. In short: What good is a job and the extra money if it makes you unhappy or, in the worst case, even sick?

  2. You learn what to expect from a job

    Not every employee is aware of the demands they place on their workplace. But the payment alone is not enough to cover up other grievances. A wrong job is the perfect opportunity here to be aware of what a job should bring to keep you satisfied.

    What exactly that is depends on the way you work and your personality. Most people are looking for a good working environment with friendly colleagues, the opportunity for further training or flexible work arrangements. What is missing in the wrong job that you absolutely need?

  3. You learn that it goes on

    It is not uncommon for employees to come to a point in their career path where their careers come to a standstill. A wrong job is part of just such an experience. You have the feeling that you are stuck and that you have maneuvered yourself into a career dead end.

    The wrong job can also show you the way out. You will see that it pays to move on, find another job, and take the risks that come with it. Overcoming the need to take the next step will increase your self-esteem and make you happier in the long run.

Wrong job: A difficult situation, especially for beginners

Most prospective workers paint their entry-level career in the most beautiful colors. Finally bearing more responsibility than in training or applying the theoretical knowledge from your studies in practice, contributing your own ideas, accompanying important projects - and then everything turns out differently. The long sought position turns out to be a completely wrong job and one wonders what one could have done wrong and how things should go from here.

So that a failed career start does not become a stumbling block, the first thing to do is to take the pressure off and reflect on your own demands and expectations Reality check subject to:

  1. Temporary or intrinsic to the system?

    First of all: the perfect start to a career is rare. Something is always, nothing is perfect, but that is also normal. The job is like a relationship: when after a while the first fall in love disappears, you suddenly discover flaws that were there before, but were filtered out through pink glasses. Try to assess realistically whether this is only a temporary phenomenon (crises occur in every job) or whether it is inherent in the system.

  2. One-dimensional or multi-dimensional?

    Also make it clear to yourself: So-called chimney careers no longer exist today. The careers of the future are more like a patchwork quilt: different professions, various projects, many employers. This may not always be convenient, but it makes the work more independent and more varied. But that also means: a failed start is not a broken leg. Well, the pace is a bit slower, but it continues after that. The only thing that matters is what you make of it.

  3. Obligation to deliver or to collect?

    Analyze carefully and, above all, honestly in front of yourself what you currently do not like and which of it is possibly also due to you. Inadequate care, for example, is primarily a negligence on the part of the employer, but it is not solely an obligation to provide. For example, did you ask questions yourself or found a mentor - or just waited for someone to show up, like Kai out of the box? Personal development is not something that can be prescribed; it is the result of active, decisive action, a willingness to learn and the pursuit of new challenges. Reads easily, safely, but is de facto already the first challenge - but no one can take it for you.

Come in addition, the grass isn't greener anywhere else either. Anyone who finds out that some of the initial difficulties are also homemade will only go from bad to worse when they change jobs.

And some things may simply be part of the job description. No job in this world has always been on the sunny side. Long coordination loops, sagging between projects - all of this can be part of the job. In that case, only one thing helps: face reality - and learn to love these little mistakes.

That is too like in a relationship: Anyone who believes that they can change their partner until he or she is the way one would like him to be has not understood that about love. Assuming that the strategy is actually successful, in the end you don't love the person (as he or she is) with whom you fell in love first, but only an ideal that you designed and designed yourself - that is basically just his own creature but not unconditionally another person.

Wrong job: what to do to get your career going again?

The short, but possibly inconvenient, answer to the above dilemma is: Take the initiative!

You are already noticing yourself that something is not going optimally. After all. That is a good start. Some don't even feel that, wait and see, get even more frustrated and start a downward spiral that ends up hurting you even more.

The worst that can happen to you now is resignation. This only leads to the fact that you let yourself be carried away and your performance continues to decline. In this way, however, you only demystify yourself and damage your reputation and market value. Fatal! Therefore, therefore and therefore:

  • Seek conversation.

    After you have completed your reality check, speak to your boss actively - but diplomatically. Tell him - without reproach - that you feel underchallenged and specifically what you would like to do or learn. It is crucial that it doesn't sound like: “Hey boss, I don't like the job, I'm idle, do something about it!”, But that you continue to show commitment, determination and problem-solving skills. You have recognized a problem - but you are also providing the solution. Maybe something else will come out in the end because your boss has another idea. All right, the main thing is that you show initiative.

  • Define milestones.

    Of course, the result of your analysis can also be that you discover: It's not your profession, you have made the wrong decision. Not bad either, happens. In order not to lose any more time, you should learn from the mistake and reorient yourself as follows:

    • What was it exactly that I didn't like?
    • What am I looking for instead?
    • What should the ideal job offer?

    The danger of this cascade of questions is that in the end you are only looking for the ultimate perfect job. But there is no such thing. So think about how you can gradually get closer to this profession. In short: break down the goal into individual steps and milestones - and then go consistently in this (new) direction.

  • Justify step.

    This can mean that you stay in your old job, but now you know exactly where you need to develop in order to change it after a year or two. But it can also mean that you actually quit and look for a new employer. A flaw in your resume? Not at all! Thanks to this thorough preliminary analysis, you can explain exactly why you canceled. Well, you made a (naive) mistake at first. But now you see all the more clearly and are more determined than ever. Which employer should you turn down for this?

You may know the bon mot Love it, leave it or change it. At first glance, it sounds like a typical Zen gossip, like a simplify-your-brain tip from Thursday's tear-off calendar. But in 1988. But it's true: No matter what stinks - at work, in private life - there are only three alternatives.

  • Change the causes (or yourself).
  • Learn to love it.
  • Or move on.

Either way: make a decision!

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5th November 2020Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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