New Job Not What You Expected? How Should You Let Your New Manager Know?



Spectrum Staffing has been working with candidates for 25 years to help them find pharmaceutical jobs in NJ and beyond. A common reason that candidates find themselves job searching, especially relatively soon after starting a new job, is because the duties ended up being different than what they expected based on the listing and interview. If your new job is not what you expected, follow these best practices to let your new manager know in order to facilitate a productive discussion.

Give it Time

The first few weeks can be a difficult transition and may not necessarily reflect what the job will actually be like over the long term. Before you determine that the job isn’t what you expected, make sure you’ve given yourself time to acclimate, get trained, and gradually increase your responsibilities before you reach out to your manager.

Suggest a Meeting

Once you feel confident that your regular duties do not reflect the impression you were given of the job, request a sit down meeting with your manager to discuss how everything is going. An actual meeting, as opposed to an off-the-cuff conversation, makes it more likely that your concerns will truly be heard and addressed.

Remain Open-Minded

Before you go into the meeting, it’s important to remain open-minded. If you have the mindset that your manager purposely pulled a bait-and-switch, the meeting may end up with a negative tone. Approach the situation as if there are reasonable explanations for the difference in your expectations, before jumping to conclusions and perhaps burning a professional bridge.

Prepare Your Main Points

To keep the conversation productive and prevent it from going awry, prepare your main points ahead of time. Explain that your goal is to gain clarification and collaborate to find a solution. Craft your main points so that they are objective and have a neutral tone.

Compare Duties to Job Listing

Use the job listing as your reference tool in order to handle the topic delicately. Rather than saying “You told me I would be doing ABC and I’m not…” (which seems accusatory), you can keep it neutral with, “The job description lists ABC, but I’m spending most of my time doing XYZ, so I would like to get some clarification about the role.”

Assess the Outcome

After the meeting is over, consider your manager’s explanations. Does it sound like things are going to change over time, or your current work is what you’ll continue doing? Did your manager listen and seem to take you seriously, or were your concerns brushed off? Assess the outcome to determine if you should stick it out, or if it’s time to job search.

If your current job isn’t a good fit and you’re ready to find new opportunities for pharmaceutical jobs in NJ, Spectrum Staffing can help. We have been matching candidates with available opportunities from our nationwide clients for over 25 years. As one of the most experienced staffing agencies in NJ, you can feel confident knowing we will be a helpful resource for your job search. Search our current available positions to get started.