The first couple of weeks of any new position take some time getting used to, and so it is worth reflecting why you may be unhappy before jumping to any conclusions. If you feel like you’re not being given a lot of work, for instance, it is possible your manager is trying to ease you into things, so make sure you give it a couple of weeks before definitively concluding you’ve been misled.
You’ll also want to ensure you’ve been cat-fished by your job, and not your circumstances. If you moved to a different city and feel unhappy in your new surroundings, projecting that onto your new position may be unfair. Identify exactly what is causing you stress can go a long way to ensuring you know what you’re dealing with.
Once you’ve recognised what you’re specifically unhappy with, arrange to speak with your manager about what’s been troubling you. While we do not recommend standing on the conference room table and yelling you’ve been catfished, reflect on the ways in which your expectations have not been met, and ask (politely) why this may be the case. For instance, if you’re working a sales job and expected a lot of client interaction, you may choose to ask why you’re doing more administrative work, and whether this is likely to change.
If you’re met with a rational explanation or genuine surprise, your catfish could just be a case of crossed wires. If you’re met with any unpleasantness however, be that in the form of passive aggressiveness or defensiveness, you’re best left exploring other options.
Unless your contract has any specific clauses about staying on, you’re free to leave a toxic work environment and restart the job hunting process. Utilise your networks, including the hiring manager who you spoke to for your initial position if you find it helpful, and know that if you’ve done it once, you can definitely do it again.
Make sure to ask pertinent questions about your position and try and gauge company culture for your next interviews to ensure you don’t find yourself in a similar position the next time round, and don’t get demoralised: while it never feels good to leave a job, know you’re doing so with your own best interests and ambitions at heart.
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