/ Asked by Kumar
I just graduated and started with my first job. I've recently started to feel cheated into taking up this job by false promises in my interview. I feel my tasks have been snatched away to be given to others, and the assignments I do get are less important. Since this is my first job ever, and I am only 6 months into the industry, I am scared that leaving now would hurt my future prospects. How could I explain to a future employer why I left this job after only 6 months? I am confused and mentally stressed. I have spoken to my boss about my feelings, but it seems to be ignored. I feel unproductive. My parents told me to hold on at least a year. Please let me know what you think and what you suggest.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, September 19, 2016
First jobs, second jobs, ok, let's be real...all jobs, are a learning experience.  On your next series of interviews you will be better prepared to ask thorough questions, understand some of the more nuanced parts of a workplace, and maybe most importantly, know with clarity how you prefer to work. 

But before you jump to next interviews, do you feel like you have maxed out the learning potential of your current job?  I would consider six months the training period for the average entry level job.  I'm not in your shoes so I can't speak to false promises or your feelings on your workload, but if I felt like my true potential was not being tapped, this is how I would handle it:

 - Ask your boss for a review of your work.  Let them know you would like to be in a position to be considered for more significant assignments and ask them to help create a clear path forward towards that goal.  Then follow up as time goes on to see if you are meeting the milestones in front of you.

 - Engage your peers. If other people are getting assignments instead of you, you can ask for a peer review, ask them what they do and how they do it.  This is not a gripe session and you do not want it to become one.  This is a learning experience and you need to focus on your growth, development and success.

 - Use this time to network.  If this position is not forever, that doesn't mean you won't meet the people who will launch your next step while you are working where you are now.  Make a good impression on people so when the time is right, you are on their minds as someone they would want to work with. 

Set some real goals for yourself and turn your disappointment into opportunity.  You just graduated, this is only the beginning of your career and how you lay this foundation is up to you.  Best of luck!
Answered by Dean, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016
You are on the right track by starting the conversation with you supervisor.  I would follow up your discussions with your supervisor to get feedback on your work and what your supervisor sees as a strength and conversely a weakness.  You can also network with your peers to seek advice on how they were given additional responsibilities.  If neither of those options work, you may need to assess if this is the right company for you and if not, move on to a different role or company, but I would have the next job in hand before I tendered my resignation.
Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sorry to hear about your situation.  I would not be overly concerned about leaving a job after 6 months.  Assuming your employer made false promises as you state and you've tried to address your concerns without success, I would suggest most future employers would see that as a reasonable reason for you to move on and "job-hopping" is more common than ever.  The key will be to make sure you are transparent with any potential future employers about what happened and be prepared to answer questions on it.  For example:  Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently before accepting the job in the first place?  How are you applying what you've learned to your current job search?  Is it just on your employer or are there things that you take accountability for that may have added to the situation?  As long as you are transparent, take some ownership and don't "blame" everything on your employer/boss, you should be just fine.  One last thing, if you can hang in there, it is generally better in an employer's view for you to stay employed vs. quitting and then looking for a job; however, if it becomes unbearable for you and you need to quit before you land something else, do it, just be ready to explain why you did.
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