Finding a job or internship can be really difficult. Sometimes, it can even seem impossible. But then… you get the phone call! That interview you thought you tanked, they loved you! You start next week and you are so excited you have to tell everyone you know!
The next week finally arrives and you go into your new job, all dressed up in your business clothes, and once you start doing your work assigned something in you says, “This is not what I expected.” The week continues and you realize that the job/internship you are in isn’t at all what they described or what you had expected. Now you’re stuck… or are you?
Maybe you didn’t have this exact situation happen to you, but plenty of people get to their new hire position and realize the sad truth… They absolutely hate it. What can you do? What should you do? What will they think of you? Let’s get back to the basics.
What can you do?
People tend to have a lot more options than they think. The main two that you should consider is probably the fact that you could stay or you could go. It’s a hard decision to make by yourself and you should always be sure, never rush. Let’s weigh the pros and cons.
Pros of staying: Cons of staying:
You have a job You have a job you don’t like
Personal growth It might your life outside of work
Lesson learned You’re missing other opportunities
Chance of promotion You aren’t being true to yourself
These are all great things to look at and spend time thinking about before you make a big decision. We highly recommend taking the proper amount of time and talking to those close to you to work through any thoughts going on inside of your head.
Keep It Classy
So, you decide to leave. It’s no secret that the walk to your manager’s office when you plan on quitting feels like a hundred mile crawl in stiletto heels at three in the morning after one too many drinks. Not to mention the actual conversation itself. YIKES. What do you even say? What do you do? Is there a right way to quit? The answer is a big fat YES.
First of all, always give notice. Always. It doesn’t matter the situation. If you don’t give notice, you can forget putting down that manager as a recommendation on your resume, and that recommendation could be the make or break for the job you reallllly want. In most cases, businesses request a two-week notice if you are leaving your position. This can change depending on the corporation or firm you work for. Plan ahead. There are tons of free templates and resignation letters online in order to help you be as formal and professional as possible. Take a look at them, and use them to help you tailor your letter to your boss to perfection.
It may be cliche, but thank them for the opportunity. Even if it’s your first job at Taco Bell and you’ll be haunted by the image of frozen blocks of nacho cheese for the rest of your existence, thank them for bringing you on the team. Regardless of working at Burger King or Michael Kors, they took you in and gave you a chance to grow and gain experience. It’s one more thing you can put on that work experience portion of your resume. Be gracious. Also, don’t tell your manager that you hated them. Please, don’t do that to yourself. Don’t be that person who feels empowered now that they’re quitting and so they tell their boss everything they’ve always wanted to. Tell your friends and family when you re-cap the traumatizing experience in agonizing detail over Thanksgiving dinner, but don’t say it to their face. Keep it pleasant, keep it classy.
Lastly, relax. Most places won’t be thrilled that you’re leaving, but they aren’t going to put a blurb about you in McDonald’s version of “The Burn Book” the second you walk away. As long as you follow the tips and tricks above, you’ll have a strong list of past employers that will be great references for the future. And hey, keep strong ties with your past firms and you might find some new opportunities through them in the future. Opportunities for networking are present anywhere and everywhere. Keep it classy and you’ll be treated with the respect you deserve.
You have to realize that most businesses deal with stuff like this all the time. Hirings, firings, and resignations are no shock to anyone who works in management, of an organization/company/firm/whatever! You are not the first person to realize the job isn’t for them, and you definitely aren’t going to be the last. When I was younger and worried about my hair, makeup, or outfit choice my mother would always say, “Don’t think so highly of yourself that you think others notice or even care what you look like.” PREACH MAMA. While a job has a little more importance than 12-year-old me’s hair and makeup… the same rule applies. Don’t think so highly of yourself that you think the company will crash and burn without you. More than likely, they will say goodbye to you and call up a different applicant to replace you within a week. That’s okay.
Still not convinced?
I’m a strong believer in the fact that life is too short and it goes by way too fast. I don’t think I ever want to stay at a job when I don’t like it. Although people say “well that’s the real world sweetheart, welcome to it” … I JUST DON’T BUY IT! There’s always something better out there waiting for you. Trust your gut. As a wise man once told me, “Don’t let your dreams be dreams.” Reach for the stars. It’s cliche, but true. If you have the chance for something better, take it. As long as you approach everything with a positive outlook you will always receive a positive outcome. Don’t burn bridges. And most of all, always do you.