Is Your New Job Right For You? These 10 Signs Will Tell

During an interview process, we often focus on the job title, responsibilities, and salary – and as a result, the benefits and culture of a company are overlooked. So, how do you know if your new job is right for you?

Depending on the circumstances, often individuals forget that a new job is a two-way street between the employer and employee to work out if this role is right for the individual.


That is why companies set up probation periods. The purpose of a probationary period is to allow a specific time period for the employee and employer to assess the suitability of the role after having firsthand experience.

When we accept a new job, there’s a conscious or unconscious calculation about “the exchange rate.” We’re prepared to commit to making certain investments (time, energy, skills) in exchange for certain returns (income, passion, and professional development).

If the job isn’t what we imagined, we need to recalculate.

Here are 10 signs to indicate you are in the right job:

Is Your New Job Right For You? These 10 Signs Will Tell:

  • You enjoy your work, at least most of the time. You get so immersed in the work that you’re often shocked to realize it’s already time to go home.
  • You like your co-workers. They make you laugh, they reinforce you and you know you can count on them (and vice versa).
  • Your boss is smart, ethical, and competent.
  • You like the company’s mission and culture. The organization suits you.
  • You know that if you have something important to say at work, people will listen.
  • You know what you’re learning at work. You can see your resume growing, and you can feel your confidence increasing over time.
  • Almost every week you experience something new.
  • Your boss and the organization you work for respect your life outside of work.
  • You are fairly paid, and your job title reflects the scope of your responsibilities.
  • When people ask you “Do you like your job?” you don’t hesitate to say “Yes!”

The job, of course, is important, but it’s a good idea to review more than just the paycheck and job responsibilities. It doesn’t matter how good a job it is if you’re not going to be happy doing it.

However, it’s important to BE PATIENT!

Remind yourself that you’re going to need some time to get used to being in an unfamiliar environment, working with people you don’t know, and juggling new responsibilities.

New environments can alter your mindset to second guess your gut feeling. In most circumstances, when feeling unsure about if a job is right for you, it is not an option to resign instantly.

Be open with your manager about your expectations for the role and how things have differed since you started the job.

New jobs can become a journey towards professional development and expose your strengths and weaknesses. Use the time to learn about yourself and the industry to help find the direction you need to head to find a role that aligns with you.

After you assess what’s working and what’s not, consider if the long-term gain is worth slogging through these difficult early months. Then, you’ll be able to think about your next steps and options much more clearly.

Remember, “what’s best for you is often best for the company in the long run.” It’s hard to do our best work and show what we’re capable of when we don’t like our job. There is no shame in walking away from a job that does not fulfill your desires and needs.

If it doesn’t work out, use the opportunity to learn about yourself and you will be more informed moving forward about the type of role and company culture that is best suited to you.

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