You have landed a new job and can’t wait to get started. But that excitement goes downhill when you realize that your new is not at all what you thought it would be. Now there is a difference here. Sometimes we have unrealistic expectations from a job. And on other occasions, it is possible that you have been catfished by your new job. In this case, ask yourself this question: Is your new job not what was promised? Starting a new job isn’t easy but you also need not stay at a place where you feel deceived.
If you search on the internet you would find many such stories where people feel duped by their employers. “Is your new job not what was promised?” Reddit is full of such questions and people looking for help. People also wonder if the job that they applied to is worth giving a chance in this scenario. It could be really disheartening to continue working in such a job.
Do you feel catfished on your first day at a job? Is your new job not what was promised? Here is what you can do:
Assess the situation
It is important that you assess the situation before you make any conclusions. Sometimes you can feel catfished by a job when you realise that this is not what your job description looked like in the advertisement. Find out clearly from HR or the employer if this is what is expected of you to do. The job roles have fancy names these days which can be misleading or give you unrealistic expectations from a job. Clear your mind of any doubts as soon as possible.
Give it some time
Sometimes the roles can be confusing and it is very much possible that you have to do some extra work for someone in a team while they were away. In that case, give your new job a chance and don’t fall into the spiral of questioning “Is your new job not what was promised?” After some hiccups, if you realise that you are okay with the role, well then, great. If not, read on.
Talk to your boss
After a week or so, ask yourself again, “Is your new job not what was promised?” Keep a log of what you do on a daily basis. Read your job description again. Then, take it up to the HR representative to get clarity on the matter. See how they respond to your concerns. If they respond positively or realise there was a communication gap, you might be able to salvage the situation and get on with your original responsibilities. If they are dismissive of the issues you have raised, it’s time to move on to another job.
If the answer to the question: “Is your new job not what was promised” is yes, prepare to explore your options. Before you do that, have an exit strategy. Look for a job while you are still on your probation period and quit professionally even if you feel cheated.
Suggested Read: How to quit your job the right way.
If you let go of another opportunity because you decided to join here instead, ask if the position is still open. If you are lucky, you can sit for the interview again. Remember, your interviewer may ask you about this brief stint. So, it is better to prepare a professional and positive reply to otherwise a negative experience. Say something like you were not a right fit for the role and did not find out about the role and the company in depth before taking up the job, hence it only felt right to explore other options.
Rest assured, when all is done and dusted, you can look back at your job as a learning curve.
(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)