Are you worried about leaving a job you just started? Quitting after a short period is fairly common, especially if you are a young introverted person. There are plenty of issues that arise right after you start working. The main thing to remember is that it’s never yours or someone else’s fault. You can’t predict some of the troubles that will arise while undergoing the hiring process. 

But as a self-reflective introvert, you may find yourself overthinking and feeling guilty about moving on. So, let’s break down the main reasons workers leave jobs right away and what you can do about it if you’re in the same situation. 

It’s ok to resign without feeling guilty 

First and foremost, you must understand that quitting a job you just started is normal. A survey conducted in 2018 showed that 31% of U.S. employees admitted to leaving their jobs within the first six months.  

Skillhub has professional advice if you’re experiencing self-doubt: if you’re itching to quit, it’s better to explore where that thought comes from. If you’re in a good relationship with your management, go to your boss, and review the proposals to make you happier at your job. 

Sometimes people may dream of working for some significant employer with plenty of departments worldwide. They quickly immerse themselves in a complicated hiring process, complete test assignments and behavioral interviews– just to realize the next day that they don’t like the job. It’s better not to hide your introverted nature to get a job. Instead, be honest—first and foremost with yourself. 

Keep in mind, the trouble may not be the wrong company but the wrong position. That’s why rushing down to the boss and giving your resignation letter may not be an intelligent choice. Trust your feelings, and research why you’d want to quit. Maybe you’ll be a better fit in another department. 

Leaving so soon? 

If you have decided to quit a job, follow the usual protocol. Hand over the resignation letter to your manager, get clarity about the two weeks’ notice or start training the new employee who’ll take over your responsibilities. 

Don’t leave the team members wondering why you want to leave. Find time to thank everyone (either in person or via video call) for the guidance and experience they shared.  

More tips: 

  • If you’re leaving because of miscommunication between departments, let the hiring managers know this reason. They can use it in the future to improve the corporate climate.
  • If you’re leaving because of an urgent matter (family issues, moving to another city, or having kids), share enough info to avoid misunderstanding.
  • If you’re leaving because of the low competence of your boss and colleagues (or simply because you are not on the same page), you may keep this information to yourself. 

No matter how polite you are, an employer might still hold a grudge against you. It doesn’t reflect your professional capabilities, and you don’t have control over other people’s feelings. But it’s better to quit now than suffer because of a terrible job that is not your match. 

Steps to minimize stress

Feeling disappointed about a new job can create a “Shift Shock”: a state when you start a new job and understand that this position is different from what you expected. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to quit a job you just started without too much stress.

  1. Give it some thought and put things in writing if needed.
  2. Always be professional, and give two-weeks notice to your boss.
  3. Be diplomatic and laconic despite the whirlpool of emotions you might be feeling.
  4. Say goodbyes to your colleagues; if you were in a good relationship, leave your contact details with the network.

The impatience of millennials creates a professional culture where constant changes become normal so nobody will look down on you if you are uncomfortable in new position because of your introverted nature. 

Just try to follow your instincts regarding a job and don’t be too harsh on yourself. Remember that it’s not the end of your professional life. One day, you might need references from those people, so leave on a positive note.

Career Comes First! 

While there are many reasons to resign, the experts suggest it won’t become your habit even after a short period. 

Filing a resignation letter every once in a while is a red flag for a hiring manager. That’s why before quitting, it’s helpful to talk to your manager and consider other positions within the same company. Then you won’t have a gap between jobs in your resume. 

On the flip side, as long as you quit and start from scratch but with a purpose in mind, this is completely fine. As the job market today is more dynamic than ever, people are less afraid of the mentioned “gap” in their job applications. 

Don’t underestimate communication 

If you feel like the corporate environment, management team, or job tasks, are not the right fit, it’s okay to quit. Any experience (even negative) is valuable. Once you determine the values you look for in the company, it’ll be easier to get hired. 

However, throughout this period, you could worry that you’ll irritate other colleagues. Being absolutely professional may help you to minimize any problems. Your previous employer won’t be able to hold you responsible for their feelings about your resignation if you stay calm and rational. 

If you just started and then filed for resignation, your boss may ask you to leave the job immediately. The main reason is not having much information you can pass on to your replacement. You should remain on good terms with coworkers and offer any help you can provide.  

In summary…

If you find yourself thinking about how to leave a job you just started, there’s no need to panic. First, don’t feel embarrassed or disappointed. Any experience is still experience, and all you need to do at this point is keep a professional tone. 

Discover why you’d like to quit, talk to your boss, and don’t push the alternative opportunities immediately. Once you decide to leave a job, follow the protocol. Hand over the resignation letter to your manager and a two-weeks notice if needed. 

Always remain on good terms with management and colleagues. That’s the central “secret” to finding a great workplace and networking opportunities.