- One career expert says job regret is one of the reasons the Great Resignation pulls off.
- She suggests being “thorough with your job search rather than jumping at the first job offer.”
- One reason people regret quitting is because it’s hard to find work in today’s job market for a survey.
Recently released survey data indicates that some people regret leaving their jobs.
This is based on a June survey, part of Joblist’s Q2 2022 report, which found that 26% of “job seekers who left their previous job” regretted their decision. Just over 600 people were asked about this regret for the survey.
A Harris Poll for USA Today from earlier this year also found that roughly 1 in 5 quitters felt regret.
“The Great Resignation continues because many people who regretted leaving their jobs started looking for — and landing — a new one recently,” Vicki Salemi, career expert at Monster, said in a statement to Insider.
While some people who regret their choice apply for another job or look to return to their old positions, Insider looked at the reasons why people regret leaving. Below are just three reasons why people may regret joining the Great Resignation.
They left hoping to find a better job – but that didn’t happen
The rate of layoffs in the U.S. has been above 4 million a month for nearly a year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And job openings have been over 11 million for six consecutive months since May 2022. But even in today’s hot job market, some people aren’t having the easiest time finding a job.
“The most popular reason (40%) is that they left without a new job lined up and the job market has proved tougher than expected, which is perhaps a surprising insight at a time when job openings in the US are near record levels. “Joblist wrote about his findings.
Kevin Harrington, CEO of Joblist, told Insider that he suggests people “make the most of” the job market.
“If the job market turns in the second half of the year, which we hope it doesn’t, it may be harder to switch roles later,” Harrington said. “So, especially for people who have some regret about their recent change, it’s important to be very thoughtful and detail-oriented when choosing their next role, especially now.”
You can just wait for something new this time before you say, “I quit.”
The new job just wasn’t what they thought it would be
According to Joblist’s recently published quarterly report, 17% said that “their new job is not what they hoped for” and 16% said that “their old job was better than they realized” as reasons for to their regret. Almost a third of those with regrets, 30%, said in the Harris Poll that the job was not what they expected.
“Those of you who are unhappy with the move, maybe it’s because you’re just moving too fast, both on the company side and the employee side,” Catherine Fisher, career expert at LinkedIn, told CBS Mornings.
Workers who have not yet quit their jobs but are considering it should also take precautions so they can mitigate the concerns of potential regret. Alison Sullivan, Glassdoor’s career trends expert, said in a statement that workers should “carefully evaluate” their next steps before handing in your resignation letter and walking away.
“Nobody wants to find themselves regretting quitting,” Sullivan said. “This can happen when a new job or company isn’t what you expect. That’s why it’s critical to do your research when making these career decisions.”
Sullivan added that this includes checking reviews left by others for example and examining “the pros and cons of a new job or company before you leave.”
Although people may regret leaving because the new job is different from what they thought it would bring, regret may also be due to new job nerves.
“Atonement can also be part of the comfort zone; a previous job is familiar, it’s something you know more than a new job that’s unfamiliar at first,” Salemi said. “Also, as a new hire, there may be some hurdles to overcome, but there is often a learning curve for both the job and the employer’s culture and processes.”
Some layoffs miss their colleagues or their former position
Just under a quarter in the Joblist survey, 22% said the lack of people they had worked with was the reason they regretted leaving. In the Harris poll, 24% of those with regrets said they missed the workplace culture at their previous job.
Some people who regret their jobs have considered being a boomerang employee and returning to the colleagues and position they missed.
Survey data from Monster shows that 61% of respondents would actually consider returning to a previous employer. Fifty-nine percent said in the Joblist survey that they would not want to be a boomerang employee. About a quarter, 24%, said maybe.
“I think for those who regret their decision and wish they had kept their old job, it never hurts to get back in touch with an old manager or representative at a company, especially if you have a relationship good there,” Harrington said. “It’s a super competitive market for employers right now to attract and retain talent. Many would welcome ex-employees back, especially high performers I think with open arms.”
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