Starting a New Job? How Not to Be Disappointed |

Employees are often disappointed when they started a new job. Here is how to avoid that.

Starting a New Job? How Not to Be Disappointed |

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A neighbor of mine once quit her job. After having worked for her firm for more than 20 years, she went to a new organization, a quality firm, a similar culture. But she was disappointed and frustrated, and wound up leaving within six months. What does that indicate?

I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a career coach, a former executive recruiter, I help people and organizations be more effective with job search, hiring, management leadership, resolving workplace issues.

Now, what I learned over the course of my time in search, is it's not just simply the long timers with a firm who have a problem when they join. It's very common that anyone when they join a new organization, is going to feel like they made a mistake pretty early on, after joining. As a matter of fact, there was a statistic I saw from Robert Half some years ago, that said, 91%, of all new hires, felt like they made the wrong decision, were thinking of quitting within the first three months-- the first three months after joining a firm! And I know employers feel much the same way, where they have buyer's remorse, and more than 60% of them think they made a bad choice very quickly. So what can you do to head it off?

I think a lot of this stems from how poorly people get integrated into the new culture. And that's not just simply them telling you what to do. But it's you doing things proactively in order to settle in well. So I always encourage people, before you start, make contact with your manager. When do they want to in or logging on, you know, how do you introduce yourself, how they want you to introduce yourself to the team? Does the team now that you're starting that day? A lot of that shows up.

Confirm your schedule, and what their expectations are. If you're commuting to work, if we're back in the days of people going into the office, do a test on that. Make sure you're able to get there on time. And when you're in that run up stage before you start trying to introduce yourself to the team virtually so that this way, you have a connection with them. See if they can assign someone to be like someone that you can puppy dog with,like a new office friend, on the way in someone that you could ask questions of.

If you're commuting, get there a couple of minutes early, because you're going to learn the lay of the land pretty quickly. Ask lots of questions. And set up times with your manager for one on ones. Over the first 90 days, just have a schedule so you get an understanding of what their expectations are so that this way, you're not surprised by things unrealistically.

They're not dropping a bomb on you that they're disappointed on your head. You haven't reached out to them, and they haven't had the courage to tell you that there's a problem. You don't want to find out the hard way. You'd rather find out proactively.

So those are a couple of ideas of things you can do. I hope you found this helpful. Visit my website, There's a lot there in the blog about starting a new job. And there are three videos about the first 90 days that I know will help. They're also on YouTube at Again, there's a playlist about starting a new job that will help you get settled in.

Also connect with me on LinkedIn at Message that you saw the video. I like knowing I'm helping folks. And there's a lot of course material as well about job search, and I'm making some new ones soon about hiring. So don't . . . you might look for the courses that are available on the website, as well.

Have a cterrific day and most importantly, be great. Take care!


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2200 episodes.

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4 Responses
  1. Dave H68

    I started a job as a Career Counselor for the state of Massachusetts in November.. And I was an employment specialist for 4 years prior… Job coach 12 years…. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m burned out helping people. I’d rather be given work to do and not have to interact with customers/clients. The people that work there are great. But I’m already done mentally.

    1. Dave H68

      @Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter I would have me write down three things I’m good at doing and three things you enjoy doing. And three things you don’t want to do. And start from there. The only thing I for me is that I don’t want to be in a office in front of a computer as I am now. One of the jobs I’ve been looking at is being a custodian(I did this when I was a job coach supervising people with mental disabilities). I like the idea of being able to do a job and feeling the sense of completion and being more physically active at a job. I’m 54 and in good shape…. Was in better shape, but sitting down is not good for me.

    2. Jeff Altman

      @Dave H68 get to it! It will take time to find it. You know that! The longer you procrastinate, the more down you’ll feel,

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