By Emilie Moy
Conquering the job search post-graduation can sometimes seem harder than the job itself. So, when you land an opportunity it's tempting to jump at the first one that comes your way. If you are deciding between a few different job offers, factors such as salary are sure to play a role in your decision- especially when you're like everyone else living in NYC and just trying to make rent. However, it's important to remember that when you're first starting out, your ideal job on paper may not be what you expected in reality.
Once you've given your new job the time it takes to settle in and learn what it's all about, don't be ashamed if you already feel yourself wanting to see what else is out there. Taking risks and exploring your interests is the only way to find a position that is the right fit for you- even if that means that your first job after graduating only lasts a few months. While there will always be pros and cons to every position, here are 5 ways to tell a job isn't for you and exploring other opportunities will benefit you in the long run.
1. You leave the office feeling unfulfilled every day
Whether it was an article you worked on that got published, or an idea that you pitched that was used for a campaign, knowing that your work impacted the company in some way is the one of the most fulfilling aspects of any job. Although, it's unrealistic to think that you'll be running the show in your first position. A new job should be challenging you to create, impact, and push you out of your comfort zone at times. Only by taking on new projects everyday and exploring your interests in different ways, will you foster a sense of accomplishment and ultimately grow as an employee.
2. The perks are the best things about the job
Even if you're not in the fashion industry, you probably know of the stereotype that there are fun perks that come with most fashion jobs. Some designers and companies have more than others and include anything from invitations to Fashion Week shows to a free pair of Christian Louboutin heels. However, it's a red flag when your motivation becomes more about the perks than anything else or if they're the main highlight of your career. They can sometimes be used to compensate for unhappiness in other aspects of your job, and instead should act as added bonuses.
3. You and your boss are constantly on opposing sides
It's normal to disagree with your boss at times and for them to come down on you when things go wrong. Even if it's not always your fault, with a corporate hierarchy it's inevitable. Although there are ways to politely support your case and show your boss where the error came from, but it becomes another issue when you find yourself receiving the blame for every bump in the road and it's a never-ending cycle. Ultimately, you and your boss are on the same team and although they have seniority, it's imperative that you work well together because you both have the same goal.
4. You're on the Internet trying to kill time
If you're spending the majority of your day watching funny videos on your Facebook timeline or swiping left on Bumble, that means you have too much free time at work. Of course, in some jobs you won't always be dealing with a million different things at once, however, not having enough responsibility causes the work day to pass by incredibly slow. You'll become invested in your work when you're in a position that is the right fit you'll even wish there were more hours in the work day in order to get everything done.
5. You don't feel like you're exploring your potential or personal growth
The term "paying your dues" goes without saying when you're first starting out and every entry level job entails doing some kind of grunt work. Whether that means updating the calendar for your boss or running an errand, your coworkers appreciate you doing these menial tasks because they simply need to get done.
However, it can be difficult to tell in your first few jobs at what point your workday begins to revolve around doing favors instead of focusing on the role's main responsibilities. Some companies lack the budget to hire more employees, so a lot of entry level roles are often forced into solely doing menial tasks. Therefore, your chance to explore your potential and experience personal growth is better off at other opportunities.