It’s okay to quit your job on the first day

It's okay to quit your job on the first day

There are so many reasons to quit your job.

  • bad working environment
  • unethical colleagues
  • skills mismatch
  • lack of passion
  • wrong expectations
  • immoral boss
  • office bully
  • jeopardised safety
  • bad for health
  • poor security

Well, the list can be seriously long.

But, what happens if you first step into the office to find that you seriously don’t belong?

For those who are having second thoughts regarding walking out, reread the title of this article.

It’s okay to quit on your first day, or any day, for that matter.

Our conservative society puts the pressure on us to tolerate torture so that others won’t interpret your short job stint as incompetence.

Some might also stay in their position because of the competitive job market.

No doubt, it can be hard to find a job, especially for fresh graduates.

However, when we tread the safe route to protect ourselves, we also lose greater opportunities that await us.

Due to our pride and ego, we lose our job contentment and satisfaction.

If you walk into your first day at work and immediately sense the hiring manager have lied to you or harbour grave feelings of insecurity put your pride aside and walk out.

You owe it to yourself not merely to have a job, but to protect yourself.

Plus, you deserve to enjoy doing what you do for a living.

With all that said, you can safe yourself from such a situation.

That is to be better at the job search.

Here are some critical steps in avoiding these negative feelings and ensure a more fruitful job search.

Do your research during the job search

The first step to avoiding packing up and walking out on the first day is to do your research thoroughly.

Besides Internet research, talk to others from the company. Get in touch with them to ask about the work environment, culture, superior leadership style, and more.

For this purpose, you can do a quick LinkedIn search.

You can find people of the same company pretty quickly.

It is that convenient today with many robust professional social networking platforms besides LinkedIn. Namely Opportunity, Reddit, JobCase, Meetup and more.

You can also talk to family and friends in the industry.

Plus, people you know who are holding similar job positions to get a sense of what you will be getting into.

Consequently, only decide if the job and the company is a good fit for your career goal, personality and passion.

Once your research gives you convincing points as good prospects, then only tailor-make your résumé and cover letter for the application.

Make full use of the interview

It is time for the interview.

This stage is not only for employers to screen candidates but for you to be sure that the job and the company are right for you.

Singaporeans do not ask enough questions, and that prevents job seekers from understanding their challenges and options.

Above all, you should be asking questions regarding

  • the work culture,
  • job scope,
  • the people,
  • leadership style,
  • expectations,
  • employee benefits,
  • workload,
  • working style,
  • company events, and
  • more.

Nothing is too trivial when it comes to getting to know your future work and workplace better. Since keeping quiet might just end in regret.

Take advantage of the probation period if you must quit your job

The probation period may allow employers to ascertain if the candidate is right for the job.

Concurrently, it is also the best time for you to test the waters and quit your job without that much negative implications compared to after being confirmed.

Thus, you should use the period to make sure the job and the company are the right fit for you too.

Many Singaporeans often forget the latter.

They often devote their time on passing their appraisal.

The probation period is the best time for you to discover more.

Particularly about different job scopes and roles.

This way, you not only get a more precise grasp of your current role but also the different opportunities and career advancement choices.

It’s also the best time to do some networking in-house and improve your camaraderie with others.

Then, you might find yourself a mentor who can impart invaluable knowledge and share experiences with you.

Your workplace should be a place you can create values, gain experience, and have a fulfilling career.


So remember to do the research, make full use of the interview process and take the time to understand the new company during your probation period.

It is alright to leave your job on day one. But, if we can let’s prevent it.

 By following these steps during the job search stage, you may very well prevent yourself from having to quit your job on your first day.

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Amos Tay

Amos Tay

Amos Tay is the Senior Partner of Hatch Asia. He is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrength Coach and lead our executive search, coaching and expand our partnership development across the region.

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