by Karen Kodzik

Job searches can be long—months and sometimes years. There is no greater feeling of relief than when the phone call comes with a job offer. With little negotiation you accept, just being thrilled to be done with the search that at times seemed endless. You were excited about your new opportunity, the job fit seemed great, and you clicked with the hiring manager. So you set your start date, wrapped up your search, and shared the good news with your network.


But sometimes starting a new job can be bumpy, especially if you find out that the job you accepted has little resemblance to the job you do on a daily basis. Some things aren’t exactly as were described during the interview process. So now what?


One thing I suggest to clients in this predicament is to try to work with your new manager. Get more information about what is expected of you and the resources that may be available to you. Remember, new jobs can feel overwhelming at first. Assess the landscape to determine if what you are experiencing is temporary or the way of the land.


If you have done all this, given it a chance, and are still considering leaving, consider the bigger picture. How will a short tenure look on your resume? How you will explain it to a new employer?


Lastly, bolting without trying to work it out could seriously damage your reputation. Employers spend a lot of time and money on new hires. Those that leave soon after being hired are unlikely be welcomed back with open arms anytime in the future.


Karen Kodzik, a career management consultant and founder of Cultivating Careers, holds a master’s degree with an emphasis in career development and has worked with professionals in transition for over 13 years. She has worked inside of Fortune 500 companies, a global consulting firm, higher education, and a non-profit organization. She has coached and consulted various levels of professionals across industries throughout the country.


Reprinted with permission. See original article.