No way back: what if the job change was a mistake?

Hopes and expectations are associated with every new job. Everything should be better. The salary, the working atmosphere, the career prospects. Unfortunately, many a job change turns out to be a real mistake in retrospect. Not a stroke of luck. Instead, everything is much worse. And now? Knock on the door of your old employer and ask for reinstatement? But what if there is no way back? We show options that are left to you now – and how to prevent such situations..

No going back: what if changing jobs was a mistake?

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No way back: How does the wrong job change happen??

Mistakes happen. Even when changing jobs. A professional reorientation is a complex decision in most cases. Behind it are numerous hopes and expectations. Sometimes also unrealistic.

All the more important is self-reflection in advance. Coupled with a few self-critical questions:

  • Why do I want to change jobs?
  • What career goals do I associate with it?
  • What would I like to change?
  • Where do I want to go?
  • Which job and employer fits?
  • What strengths can you bring to the table?
  • What arguments are in my favor when applying?
  • What is important to me in the new job?
  • What compromises am I willing to make?
  • How can I research this in advance??
  • What questions do I need to ask about this in the interview?

Even such questions (and answers) are ultimately never a guarantee for a successful job change. But you can minimize the risk of taking a step in the completely wrong direction, so there’s no way back.

Is there really no way back?

A letter of resignation is quickly formulated, the notice easily submitted. And if everything was formally correct, the self-termination is also effective. Finally. There is no such thing as "accidentally terminated" in employment law. To revoke an effective termination is therefore only possible in a few exceptions.

In addition, Most employers either fill vacancies immediately or eliminate them to cut costs. Even if you leave on good terms and don’t burn any bridges behind you, there’s then often no way back and rehiring is unlikely. The only chances are that another comparable position will be available for you to reapply for. Or you can try vitamin B – talk to former superiors, regret your mistake and ask for a second chance.

No way back: And now?

If you find yourself in a new job that makes you anything but happy (at first), you basically have two options:

You give the job a chance

Maybe you just didn’t get off on the wrong foot. Career changes are never easy. you have to prove yourself anew, find your role in the group anew. And it may be that your colleagues will not make it easy for you to do just that. Whether it’s because they feel their status is threatened by you or they’re reluctant at first. Either way, you should not immediately throw in the towel. Very often you can improve the situation by changing your own mindset. You can also approach the boss directly and look for a solution together with him or her.

You look for a new job

Likewise, you can put everything back to square one. Free yourself from the worry that you have failed. Sometimes it just does not fit. Then job hunting and reapplying is definitely a helpful and legitimate career move. Advantage: You are (still) applying from a position that has not yet been terminated. This always looks better and strengthens your negotiating position than if you take the step only after a dismissal.

But the most important thing is not to surrender in a kind of victim role, but to become active and to actively and strategically promote further professional development.

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