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Jobs a bad ‘un


Has anyone ever taken a post and then regreted it?
I have; and I'm wondering what people think about only being in a role 6 months? Will it look bad on my CV? Does it prove I've got b@!!s not to stick with a post I'm not happy in?
Anyone with similar tales please help.
Undecided of Birmingham.
Nigel Richards

5 Responses

  1. Sorry to hear that
    It would only look bad on your CV if you had several jobs that were very short-term. These things happen, and it is important that you learn from the experience and are able to account for this short-term employment satisfactorily at a future interview.

    Eddie Newall

  2. Got the tee short…
    There’s nothing worse than being in a job or organisation that is not for you – for any reason.

    I’ve been there – it is soul destroying, impacts on new work colleagues, family, friends and possibly the dog too, and if you stay too long you’ll leave with a whole pile of negatives that could take years for you to deal with.

    Ask yourself if it is worth discussing with your manager (unless s/he is part of the problem!) and see if things can change, else..

    Get out soonest, reflect on why you took it, why you shouldn’t have, and what you can take away for the future.

    Good luck,


  3. bad job
    I fully agree with the other comments here – the sooner you get out the better for your sanity.

    As professional OD people it is just as important to recognise when the challenge is for us as it is when the challenge is not for us.

    Most people reading thios will have accepted a job that has not turned out exactly as advertised.

    The only problem you will have is if you have half a dozen of roles like this – the odd one every few posts is to be expected.

    Good luck with your search

    FHIW – I was unsure of an offer once & asked my potential line manager to complete a FIRO-B (I had been through tests for them), when the manager refused I knew the job & company was not for me!

  4. Don’t worry, be happy
    Pretty much sums it up, if you don’t like a job after 6 months you probably never will.

    And don’t worry about 6 month chunks on your CV even if there are a lot of them – in today’s fluid business age many contractors and temps move from job to job and they don’t have problems being hired.

    You just have to show a bit of logical progression etc.

    I tend to move every 1 or 2 years, seeking new challenges and new directions – it’s what motivates me. But I’ve also got a few 3/6 month roles on the CV, where I temped, took interim roles or left because the job was awful and I don’t have much problem finding permanent work at all – which is unfortunate because I find hard to get contract work which is what I really want.

  5. get out
    Hi Nigel

    I’ve been in a similar position before. I came back from travelling, went for a job (which i didn’t get) but the manager took me as he thought I had potential (who am i to disagree). Unfortunately there wasn’t a proper role for me and after 8 months I had enough and quit.
    What I would advise is if you do quit then you need to word your reasons for leavingon the CV carefully as it can look arrogant. I was taken on in the role i’m in now as my manager looked at my bigger picture, saw I was a lad of 24 with no ties who didn’t want to waste time in a job I didn’t like.

    I believe life is too short to stay in a job you don’t like – it affects your confidence and overall well being!

    Lastly, would you eat something you don’t like?


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