So you just started that new job or internship and you are already thinking of ways to quit. It happens. Should you give it time, or follow your instincts. If you choose the latter, how do you even begin to leave before you have really even started?
As with everything in life, leaving one job and beginning another is full of risks and rewards. Quitting one job is not without consequence. It is only natural that the idea brings feelings of concern and panic. Put simply, quitting your job can impact both your immediate and long-term career potential. And leaving a job after you have just begun? It can be all the more troubling.
Before you make the move and quit your new job, consider the following:
You’ll Make Enemies of Your New Boss and Coworkers
Sure, they have only just started getting to know you, but what they will know of you will be less than pretty. They took the time to welcome you. The took the time to interview and hire you. And therefore, they made an investment in your potential. If you quit before you ever have a chance to prove your potential and provide a return on their investment, it will guarantee they think negatively about you for years to come.
You Can Forget About Future Opportunities with the Company
Obviously, you should not apply for any future job openings with the company. You will have burned that bridge completely. Even if the people you worked with have long since left too, you’ll likely find yourself on a company “no hire” list that will seal your fate.
You May Reflect Negatively on References or Colleges
You know those people that gave you a reference? You know your school where you earned your degree? Each of these things factored into the hiring decision. Your quick abandonment will not only reflect negatively on you, but on these people and institutions as well.
You Could Make a Habit of Quitting
You did it once, why not do it again? If you quit without ever starting, you can easily establish a pattern of behavior that can be hard to break and leave you unfulfilled.
These things are not a death sentence in the job world, however. If a job simply isn’t the right fit, it may be better for all parties if you quit before even more time and energy is wasted. In order to mitigate the negative consequences above, we recommend the following:
- Do it in Person
- Be Honest
- Be Apologetic
- Offer to Stay Until a Replacement is Hired
In order to keep yourself from finding yourself in the same position, remember to be realistic in your job search and commit yourself to evaluating job openings and offers. Make sure one mistake doesn’t become a lifetime of bad decisions.
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