Just wondered if anyone had the same experience I am having right now.
Basically, I'd been looking for a career job since October. I liked doing my old job and being at my old job, but it had no growth potential and the money was bad. So I sent out 20ish resumes every week, interviewed a few times a week, a process which everyone hates.
Last month, I interviewed for a new job (a career-type job... same general career but different firm), which sounded fantastic on all fronts. Perks, money, location, etc. My new boss seemed nice, the office staff was friendly, all that.
However, by day two on the job I realized that the job had been massively misrepresented. The very fundamental nature of the job was completely different than what was told to me during the interview. The ACTUAL job is doing something that goes completely against my nature (i.e. being a complete and total jerk all day to people). And the benefits....... well, let's just say that the benefits I was told about don't actually occur often on the ACTUAL job.
Yes, I know I'm being sort of vague here but... you get the picture. It sucks. It's having a physical effect on me -- my sleeping's been terrible, I feel sick going into work, all that stuff. I left a job I liked for something that's making me angry and depressed.
I expected the first week or three to be stressful in learning the job (which it is), but separate and apart from that, the fundamental job is completely different and horrible than what I was told. I hate it. I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate it. If the job had been presented for what it really was, I would have instantly red-flagged it, thanks for the interview, please don't call me. I feel like I don't owe this job a damn thing.
SO...... less than two weeks later I am sending out resumes. I've never left ANY job so quick (but I've never been so sick over a job before), especially not a "career" job.
I did NOT put my current job on my resume, because I'd like to keep this horrid job at least until I find a new one (hopefully soon). I can't have people calling my current employer.
But during an interview, it is sure to come up..... so... the point of this long story was to ask, has anyone else had this type of experience? How did you handle it? Did you stick with the job, or go back to your old job? (For me, I don't think going back to my old job would be good because it'd be moving backwards career-wise)
What did you tell your next potential employer at the interview? I know it's a bad idea to badmouth a prior employer, or say "well I am leaving within a month of accepting the job because it was misrepresented to me."
Is it acceptable to say flat-out, "I know you're worried about me leaving this particular job since I'm looking so quickly, but I truly am looking for a long term career job. I realized quite quickly that the prior job was not for me. This job is more in tune with where I see myself in 5 years..." or something to that effect?
I've bounced ideas off a number of friends, but I wanted to see if anyone had this experience happen to them firsthand. Or for those of you that conduct interviews, is there a "good" answer to this? All the answers I can think of seem like the lesser of the evils....