10 Things You Can Do When You Hate Your New Job (With Tips)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated July 13, 2022 | Published August 20, 2020

Updated July 13, 2022

Published August 20, 2020

The Indeed Editorial Team comprises a diverse and talented team of writers, researchers and subject matter experts equipped with Indeed's data and insights to deliver useful tips to help guide your career journey.

Despite your best efforts to evaluate a job carefully before accepting a new position, there may be occasions when you hate your new job. Whether the problem is the environment or the position itself, you may realize after starting a new position that it's not right for you. However, there are some things you should do before you decide to quit your new job completely.

In this article, we discuss steps you can take if you find yourself saying "I hate my new job."

10 things to do if you hate your new job

If you hate your new job, here are some options to consider before you quit your new job and look for a position elsewhere:

1. Identify exactly what isn't working

The first thing you should do is to determine exactly why you're unhappy with your job. When you start a new job, it's normal to feel an extra level of uncertainty or even anxiety, but feelings of discomfort generally go away as you gain confidence in your position. However, it's also possible that the position wasn't what you were expecting or what the hiring manager promised you. By identifying exactly what you hate about your new job, you can better evaluate whether you should stay or start looking for a job elsewhere.

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2. Evaluate whether the situation could change

After identifying exactly what you don't like about your position, the next step is to decide whether the problem is temporary or something that isn't going away. For example, the reason you hate your new job could be that you're still not feeling confident in the role, or perhaps it's because you're working on a project you don't enjoy.

Both of these problems are temporary. If you stay in the position, you may grow more confident and enjoy it more. If the problem is a specific project, if you keep your job, you can finish the project and move on to something you enjoy better. However, if you're in a sales position and you realize after starting that you don't enjoy sales, then you may just be a poor fit for the position.

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3. Talk to your manager

If you hate your job and recognize that the problem isn't a temporary one, talk to your manager. Hiring and training new employees is costly for companies, so they naturally want to retain talented new hires for as long as they can. Approach them to have a candid conversation about what you don’t enjoy about the job.

When you approach them, try to present solutions for how you could adapt your role to better fit your interests and skills. Perhaps with additional training and coaching, you would feel more comfortable and confident in your position, which would help you better enjoy your position. If not, your manager may even have a suggestion for where they could move you within the company to avoid losing you altogether.

Read more: How To Tell Your Manager You Are Unhappy

4. Focus on what you could get from the job

There are typically aspects of every job that are unappealing, whether it's the commute that's the problem or tedious responsibilities. However, take time to reflect on what you could take away from the position if you stayed with the company. For example, consider if there are advancement opportunities available in six months or a year or if this job could be a step along your path for advancement within the company. If that's the case, staying in the role would make sense, even when you don't enjoy the work.

You could also consider whether there are certain benefits that could offset the dissatisfaction in your position. For example, the job might allow you to work from home and spend more time with your family. Think carefully about all aspects of your job and the benefits you enjoy because of it prior to leaving.

5. Give yourself a time frame

Sometimes employees feel like they hate their jobs when the ultimate problem is that they haven't had the time to grow comfortable in the position. They may also not have had enough time to get to know their coworkers yet. Create a timeline for yourself where you will commit to learning the job to the best of your ability.

During that time frame, find a mentor, meet with your manager regularly and develop relationships with your colleagues. These steps can have a big impact on how you feel about your job. At the end of the time frame, you can re-evaluate how you feel about the position and whether you want to stay with the company or leave.

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6. Consider pursuing professional development

If you decide to stay in your position, consider looking for professional development opportunities outside of the office. You could take an online class or obtain a certification that would qualify you for other types of positions. You may find that with some professional development, you could qualify for more advanced opportunities in your own company that you would enjoy more or that you could qualify for a position you would like at another company. In addition to developing new skills, you could also develop new contacts that could leave to other opportunities at a later time.

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7. Network with other professionals

Even if you are still debating about whether you want to stay at the job you hate, it's never too soon to start networking. If you love the company you work for but don't enjoy the work, inquire whether there might be opportunities in other departments. Talk to people in different departments to assess how they feel about their jobs and whether there could be current or upcoming openings that are a better fit for your interests and skills.

Developing a personal network within your own company is one of the best ways to make a move if you decide you want to stay with that business but move into a different role. If you feel that the company isn't a good fit for you altogether, you may want to consider reaching out to your past employer. Ask about if your old job is available or whether there are other openings that may be a good fit for you.

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8. Understand the risks

Before making any kind of career move, it's important to understand the risks. While you may feel better leaving a job you hate, it could also impact your resume. While most employers understand that a candidate sometimes takes a position only to realize later that they weren't a good fit for the role, if there is a pattern of frequent job changes, it can raise concerns about a candidate's reliability.

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9. Keep your resume updated

This is a good idea to do even if you love your current position. Update your resume with information about your last position, including your greatest accomplishments. Include quantifiable results whenever possible. By keeping your resume up to date, it will be easy for you to forward it to someone upon request. If you're beginning a job search shortly after starting a new position, it's best to leave your latest job off your resume entirely as it could raise concerns by employers before you ever secure an interview.

Read more: 11 Ways To Update Your Resume

10. Carefully consider your next step

One reason that it's important to have a timeline for getting acclimated to your position is that it ensures you consider your current position and what you would want in a future role very carefully. You don't want your eagerness to leave a job you hate to lead you to accept another role that also isn't a good fit. By making the decision to stay in your current role and looking for ways to make the best of the experience, you could take your time with your job search until the right position presents itself.

It’s important to also take time to consider what went wrong in your last search. This may help you avoid a similar situation in the future and allow you to find a job that you enjoy more. For example, you may want to ask a hiring manager more questions about the company culture and how the managers handle challenges.

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Tips for dealing with a job you hate

Consider these tips to help you navigate having a new job that you hate:

  • Ask for help. Talk to people you trust about how you feel. Ask them for advice about what they might do in your situation, and consider your position from an outside perspective.

  • Be honest. Approach the situation with honesty rather than ignoring your concerns. Trust your instincts about how you feel, and try not to make excuses to downplay any worries.

  • Be kind to yourself. Avoid blaming yourself for how you feel about your current position. Focus on what you can learn from the experience, and use this to help you decide what the right thing to do next is.

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