(Q.1) I LEFT MY OLD JOB AND TOOK THIS ONE because the recruiter convinced me it would be better for my career. It paid more and she thought the atmosphere would be more pleasant. None of that's true. I've been here a month and I hate the boss. I don't like my co-workers, and I think I want to quit. I know I can't go back to my old job-can I?
(A) PROBABLY NOT IF YOU LET your old company know the reasons you left. But more important, it's too soon to have "buyer's remorse" says Doug Shade, principal consultant at WinterWyman. It's not unusual to suddenly feel the "work honeymoon doesn't rock your world," but he says too wait at least 100 days before you make that decision. In the interim, Shade says to have a conversation with your manager or HR. to try and figure out where the disconnect is-and how to decrease you frustration. If this job offers all the pluses you describe-it's worth trying to keep it.