Job regrets

“You’re hired.” Two words we all love to hear. Whether it’s that first real job out of college, the one that follows months of unemployment, or the fresh start after years in the same position, landing a new gig is always exciting.

But what happens if the dream job turns out to be a total nightmare? Though it takes three to six months to acclimate to a new environment, recognizing that a job’s a real stinker can happen in less time than it takes Lindsay Lohan to say, “Not guilty.”

Job hunters are most often blamed for hiding imperfections. It’s no secret that companies do it, too, as perhaps you’ve already discovered. A misleading job description, the maniacal boss no one mentioned during your interviews, clicky co-workers – any one of those can quickly scrape the luster off a new job.

What’s the earliest you’ve ever left a job? Why did you leave? Did you leave it off your resume?

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10 comments Add your comment

Lynnette Anderson

July 23rd, 2010
10:07 am

One year. They lied about a yearly raise that was given to all employees, but when that year came, no raise. I hated the fact that the men in this law firm thought they were superior to women. Guess what, they all split and went their separate ways. Go firgure.


July 23rd, 2010
11:30 am

18 months. The company’s culture just was not for me. The position was good though. So i left it on my resume.
great post!


July 24th, 2010
9:19 am

Re: Ousted/rehired Ag Admin. As an AA female – yes we still have still have racial issues in these jobs but we also have some Black folks that do the same thing. I think black,white or other, a person should be fit to lead – and the companies/organizations should keep a better eye on folks they put in charge… to keep in check their all to human unjust motivations for screwing with folks.

Employers know that jobs are hard to find and they are not treating the workforce with respect. Workers rights are being stomped on.

I think the AJC should to a series on employers that are trying to get it job is perfect, but I’m sure there are some companies/organizations that are trying.


July 24th, 2010
10:15 am

3 weeks. Every week I was there my job title and duties changed from what I was hired to do. The company HR representatives falsely claimed that a recent merger would have no effect on the positions within the company.

Ted Striker

July 24th, 2010
10:26 am

We had an employee who started at 8:00 am and at noon she went to lunch and never came back. It was pretty funny.

Margaret Jeatson

July 24th, 2010
10:54 am

Academia has to be the craziest and I lasted far longer than I expected–had a boss who carried around a book titled “Mistakes Were Made but Not by Me” –no kidding. He called Clayton County a “third world country” on open conference calls and had a white noise machine installed outside his office door which he kept closed all the time. It was surreal.


July 24th, 2010
11:43 am

Six weeks, many years ago. I hadn’t been told that the sales job I’d been hired for consisted of working alone in a cubicle, tethered by a wired telephone headset, and with every second of my signed-in time electronically measured and monitored. The kicker: No talking was allowed with flesh-and-blood human beings except during lunch and breaks.

The day came when I got up, unplugged my headset, laid it on my boss’s desk and left the building, never to return. I found out later that the office turnover rate was 100%, with the average stay about three months.

This corporate branch office was closed a year later. The reason: Inefficiency. Duh!

Hedley Lamarr

July 24th, 2010
12:03 pm

I took a summer job while in college as a process server. That lasted only a few days until a person I was trying to serve pointed a gun at me and told me to get off of his property. So long to that job!


July 26th, 2010
12:53 pm

My personal best was also at 3 weeks. The company refused to outline the offer in writing (first indication all was not well). They then proceeded to break every promise made with the exception of what I was being paid, and the money was good. I left when not given the position I was hired for (the company ‘promoted from within’). It was entirely a bait-and-switch operation.


August 15th, 2010
10:41 pm

Sometimes, our physical appearance can greatly contribute to getting the job we want, take care of your face….