I just started a job 2 months ago, and realized I absolutely hate it - extremely political and the boss is unreasonable. Should I state my current experience if I apply for another job now? - Seedly
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Asked on 30 Jun 2020

I just started a job 2 months ago, and realized I absolutely hate it - extremely political and the boss is unreasonable. Should I state my current experience if I apply for another job now?

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Micheal
Micheal, Marketing and Management at University of Essex
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Answered on 01 Jul 2020

Yes, why not? You will burn your youngth faster when you work for a company like that. If you extremely hate it and want to leave, state whatever you think you should say. If they have a negative mind, they don't want to change and that's good for you to leave. If they take your feedback in mind and change, they will see you as a valuable employee and keep you.

If they fire you, you can also tell that story in the next interview if the interviewer asks you why you leave your previous job. It may be an advantage competitive for you during the interview. Just be honest with the interviewer, tell them the true story, you can build your trust easily. You can visit these job portals TalentTribe, Jobscentral, LinkedIn, Mycareersfuture and Jobstreet for your next job search :)

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I will recommend you a book which was invaluable to me in my career.

https://www.amazon.com/Career-Warfare-Building-Successful-Personal/dp/0071417583

This is perhaps the best career book I have ever read. Coming from someone who won the ladder. His advice spans in situations like yours and in others. Having this is like having a CEO as your adviser in your corner.

TLDR: There are times when you are in a situation like this and the only way for you to manage this is simple: Manage your boss. We have good bosses, we have bad bosses. Changing jobs doesn't help you much if you aren't learning from it. Take this opportunity to learn from this experience to bring with you to the next job.

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I think you can forgo that in your resume as your employers may ask you why you decided to leave after only 2 months in the job, if you have other internship/job experience previously.

A couple of things you might wish to consider:

If you are only taking this job for the short term( or you are only able to find this job at the moment), then I guess you can choose to grit your teeth and tolerate whatever disrespect and unhappiness that you encounter in a particular company. After all, 没鱼虾也好 ( singlish translation: no fish prawn also can– just make do with what you have). A word of caution though, check out this article from Harvard Business Review that shares about the hidden dangers of sticking with a toxic boss.

But if you have your emergency funds and can afford to commit to job-hunting for a slightly longer time period, it might be worth learning how to distinguish which company to work for and how to negotiate your job remuneration and associated benefits.

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Jason Cheong
Jason Cheong, Alumnus at NTU
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Answered on 30 Jun 2020

I think if this is your first job, it seems alright to omit the current experience in your CV.

However, if you already are in the work-force for a while and you’re wondering: Should you put it on your resume, or should you leave it off and be stuck with a work-history gap?

From my point of view,

  • If a given job lasted less than six months, it is acceptable to leave it off of your resume, and reply honestly if the hiring manager asks.

  • If this job is only 2-mths but relevant to the next job you wish to take up, you may like to include it in your CV to indicate that you have some knowledge in this area. You may follow up with a reason on why you are applying even after 2 mths.​​​

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