Here’s the situation: You found an opening for what looked like the perfect job; a role that seemed well-aligned with your skills as well as your passion for social impact. You submit your resignation letter and prepare to jump into the excitement, challenges, and high-impact work that you’ve been waiting to do for what seems like forever.
You’re now a few months, weeks, or days in, and you’re quickly discovering that … [FILL IN YOUR NIGHTMARE WORK SITUATION HERE].
Maybe your interviewer assured you that you’ll enjoy plenty of autonomy and you’ve been running up against bureaucracy at every turn. Perhaps your dream job included direct service and yet you find yourself drowning in administrative tasks most of the day. For some, the issue reveals itself in unworkable supervisor/supervisee relationships or toxic clashes with colleagues.
Unfortunately, many of us have been through it, and for an especially unlucky few, the job we left behind was actually pretty good. So what’s the next step? Do you stick around and try to make it work or accept your fate and start the job search from scratch? Was it the result of an honest misunderstanding, or were you truly misled?
This week, we want to hear about that time you accepted a job that just wasn’t what it seemed:
- How did it go down?
- How did you handle it once you realized what had happened?
- Any words of wisdom for the rest of us?