Have you ever toiled to land a dream job, then dreamed of leaving after your first week? Many of us have regretted accepting a new job, but if your second thoughts persist for more than six months, it may not pay to stay.


Sticking it out with a job you hate could cause your performance to suffer, damaging your reputation and future job prospects, says John Challenger of employment consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The most common reasons


Challenger cites for regrets over a new position are the job differs from what the jobseeker expected, or the new employee doesn’t get along with co-workers or perform well.


To avoid winding up in the wrong job, Challenger offered the following tips:


  • Before starting your job search, identify “must have” and “like to have” characteristics of the position you hope to land. Don’t compromise on “must haves.”

  • Avoid rushing to accept. Most firms will give candidates time to consider an offer.

  • Talk to friends and family about all aspects of the position. They know you better than the hiring manager who interviewed you.