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Five Reasons To Quit Your Job On The First Day

Posted by | August 15, 2016 | Career

Via Forbes : If you want to understand how fear and trust operate, get a journal and start writing in it. You can take notes on your phone or record audio messages to yourself if that’s easier. Pay attention to your feelings throughout the day, and you will start to notice the waves of fear and trust that wash over us all the time.

One minute we feel great and the next minute we feel a clutch of anxiety, panic or irritation. These are all manifestations of fear. Maybe a driver cuts you off in traffic or you get a text or email message that makes you angry. We go up and down in our emotions all day long, but most of the waves are small enough that we can ride them without much trouble.

Sometimes bigger waves hit us and nearly knock us down! The better we get at bobbing on the water, the stronger we will become and the less the daily shakes and shocks will spoil our mood and affect our judgment.

When you’re job-hunting, you are more susceptible than most people are to waves of fear that can take you under. You want to get a job — you need a job to pay the bills. The electric company and the bank that holds your mortgage couldn’t care less whether you are employed or not. They’ve heard it all before. They want their money. You need an income!

That’s why so many of us get pulled under by the waves of fear that tell us, “Don’t be picky — just take a job!” when we are unemployed. I’ve done it and you’ve probably done it, too. I’ve quit two or three jobs on the first day of work, especially when I was younger.

I took the job when I thought that I didn’t have the right to be choosy because I simply had to have that paycheck. I walked into the new job on my first day of work and my gut recoiled. My gut evolved the same ways yours did, over millions of years of evolutionary steps. Our guts evolved to keep us safe. I walked into those horrible work environments and said, “There’s no way. I thought I could do this, but I can’t” and I walked out on the same day.

Every time I quit a job I had just started, I felt a wave of panic as I stepped into the elevator or started walking down the stairs to the exit, but by the time I hit the street, I felt better. I was guided by my instinct and I knew that even if I couldn’t find a much better job, I could certainly find one that was just a tiny bit better! I always did.

You will do the same thing. Never be afraid to walk out of a toxic environment on day one. That’s a much better plan than trying to stick it out, and making yourself sick in the process!

Here are five good reasons to quit your job on the first day of work, before you get pulled under and washed out to sea!

Five Reasons To Quit Your Job On The First Day

1. You walk into your new job and immediately see that you’ve been lied to. The job is not what you were told it was going to be — not even close. This happened to our young friend Marissa, who was hired for an “entry-level marketing job” that turned out to be a telephone cold-calling telemarketing job pushing insurance products.

2. You walk into your new job and are struck right away by the tension and dysfunction in the office. People are shouting and arguing with one another and everybody around them looks miserable. The job will not get any better than what you see right now.

3. You start your new job and are given paperwork to fill out, but the paperwork doesn’t match what you were promised in terms of salary, benefits and other essential details. Do not stick around. Head for the door!

4. You show up to your first day of work and they tell you that there must have been a mistake — they aren’t expecting you and actually don’t know when your first day will be, or whether you even really have the job.

5. You arrive for your first day at work and they say, “You won’t be paid for today’s work because it’s part of your orientation.” Take off! People like this do not deserve you for another minute, much less an eight-hour day.

There are plenty of employers who deserve your talents, but you have to go out and find them. Even before that, you have to remember that whether you have a job or not, you are awesome and brilliant and talented.

You have to believe it before anyone else will! You will be back in your high-mojo state soon. Don’t let a bigger-than-usual wave knock you off balance so badly that you forget who you are. Only the people who get you, deserve you!

Source : FORBES | Five Reasons To Quit Your Job On The First Day

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