Is your new job for you?
You took the plunge and got a new job.
You were successful in the interview process, negotiated a fantastic compensation package and handed in your notice at your previous company.
You’re a few months in, and you’re not settled – did you make a mistake?
Here are some questions to consider, when trying to determine if your new job was right for you.
How are you getting on with your colleagues?
Company culture is important. 86% of employees at strong cultures feel their senior leadership listens to employees, compared with 70% of employees at non-winning cultures. (Source: CultureIQ). It can be make or break an employee’s experience with an organisation and perception of their management team. You spend a lot of time at work, so ensuring it’s a positive work environment is essential. If you don’t like the culture, maybe the company are not the right fit.
Are you getting recognition?
Motivation is important and so is being rewarded for your triumphs and achievements. Are you getting the recognition you deserve? Depending on how long you’ve been in your new role, you may have started making changes and implementing strategies for improvement. Have your new managers noticed the impact you’re having? If your improvements aren’t being acknowledged, it may be time to consider if your latest move was the right one.
Are you excited about the future?
Starting a new job should be exciting and so should the prospect of what you can do in the future within a role. Does your new job have progression and opportunity to develop? Being excited about future prospects is one of the best things about a new role. If you aren’t excited, there may be something missing with this new opportunity.
Don’t rush forming an opinion – have you given it chance?
You might be concerned that you have made the wrong decision, but don’t be too hasty in deciding it’s not for you. A good benchmark of time to adapt is three to six months. After that time, you should know if the move was right. As the new person, you are bound to be presented with situations you are unprepared for but that shouldn’t always set the alarm bells ringing.
Were you miss sold?
When you accept a new opportunity, there is a certain amount of information that you need to know. You need to understand what the role entails, who you will report to, what hours you are expected to work and even (roughly) what the day-to-day role will look like. You accept a job on the basis that this information aligns with what you are looking for. What happens when you realise things are different to what you were told? If negative, it might be time to reconsider the role and start looking elsewhere.
Were you running from a problem?
What happened in your previous role to make you leave and could that have impacted on your decision to accept this job? If the answer is yes, it could be that this role was not perfect for you but you were ‘jumping ship’ from a negative situation. Could this be why you feel that this job is not right for you?
There are many causes for the feeling that your new job doesn’t feel like the right decision, but it’s important to look at the reasons for feeling this way before taking action. If you need to find a new opportunity within the software sector, we can help. Check out our latest vacancies here.