Hi, I quit my job on Monday after 4 months of being there! I hate being a quitter, but the job I applied for bore no resemblance to what I was actually doing. During the interview stages I was interviewed by the head of department and we got on really well. Little did I know that she’d already accepted another job offer and wasn’t going to be managing me or even be at the company. The department remains ‘headless’ still. The day to day work had nothing to do with my skills or quals and HR were unobtainable. I’m really angry that I’ve undergone a grueling interview process and turned down other opportunities. Nightmare.
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve been taken advantage of. Even though we would generally recommend for people to stay at their jobs for at least six months, in this particular case, it seems as if you did the right thing by quitting. It sounds like you were betrayed by this company. While it’s normal for a department head to leave for another job opportunity, it’s simply unacceptable that your company didn’t bother to find a replacement — “headless” departments should never exist. Interviews are tough, dysfunctional workplace environments are tough, and quitting is tough. I recommend that before you jump right back into the job market, you take a moment to breathe. You’re not a “quitter,” you’re someone who knows their worth! Keep your head up!
You mentioned that you turned down numerous opportunities for this job. This suggests that you won’t have that much trouble looking for another job. However, the next time you’re in the interview process, I suggest you ask a few questions to insure that this scenario doesn’t happen again. Use your questions to assess the company’s workplace culture, management structure, and HR’s role within the company. If something doesn’t seem right in the company — even if it’s not a blaring red flag — it’s best to move on. I am confident you will be able to move forward with your career trajectory and find a company that fits your interests, skills, and needs! Good luck!
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