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Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:15 PM
I have a friend who started a new job about three weeks ago and they hate it, lol. They were essentially promised the world and had nothing delivered, so it's fair to say the job hasn't met any expectations. They are yet to be paid because of a stuff up in HR, and there was no apology issued about that either, it was simply a case of suck it up.
Safe to say they are already looking around for another job. My own resignation record is about 6 weeks, and I knew that I wasn't going to be able to deal with the narcissistic person in charge there, so I simply walked out and told them I wasn't going to be returning. I don't think it's a pattern for me as I've lasted in other jobs for years
So is 3 weeks of not being happy long enough to think about resignation, or should they give it some more time? I'd love to hear stories of jobs where you knew it wasn't going to work out!
Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:48 PM
I walked out after 3 hours just last year. Job was supposed to be admin, however it was actually a service technician / boss's adult match making site checker for hot guys he could meet job with a tiny little bit of admin involved.
I was having doubts about the job within 15 minutes. That 3 hours seemed like a lifetime.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:58 PM
I don't blame you for leaving that one so fast *LiMa*, that would've made my skin crawl.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:01 PM
One day - signing people up to credit cards in a shopping centre. Thank goodness I did only last one day, as I realise now it was a total scam, I was supposed to be a contractor and I would be paid commission only - $8 per sign up.
Three days - stuffing envelopes. I was temping overseas and thought I could do anything that would bring in the money, but despite having a radio there's only so much sitting in a room on my own stuffing envelopes that I could take.
Until I was 25, I didn't have a job for more than 6 months at a time. In my defence, I was backpacking from 21 and very restless. My current job is my first "proper" job and I'm nearly due long service leave.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:04 PM
At a previous workplace there was the story of the guy who lasted a couple of hours. He went out for lunch and rang from a phone box that he wasn't coming back.
ETA: I lasted one shift at a job, boss was a nutter, didn't go back.
Edited by jenchristo, 21 August 2012 - 09:07 PM.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:07 PM
My 6 weeks doesn't sound so hasty now then I seriously tried to enjoy it as it was in a completely different field than I was used to, but I just don't bosses with God complexes.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:11 PM
We had someone start at 9am. At 12 noon they went to lunch.
At 1pm we had a call to say that they were not returning.... they were back at their previous job.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:18 PM
I had one job I didn't even turn up for.
I cried the day before about starting there, so didn't.
Just called them in the morning and told them I changed my mind.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:23 PM
So far you win Jam!
Judging by some of these responses, perhaps three weeks is long enough to know you just aren't going to enjoy a job?
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:32 PM
A friend who had worked in retail for 7 years quit after a day at David Jones.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:35 PM
We had a physiotherapist do 2 days orientation and then call on the 3rd day to say she wasn't coming back. She didn't ever give us her bank account number, and we sure never bothered calling her to ask - even though it was supposed to be a paid orientation.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:43 PM
I lasted four hours in a job once.
It was a uni holiday job at a fancy hotel/restuarant/boutique shop complex in England. I was employed to work in boutique wine shop which I was looking forward to as I wanted to expand my knowledge in that area.
I arrived for my first shift and was put in the cafe to cover for somebody who was ill. I had previously worked in a cafe, from the age of 16 -18, and hated every minute. I used to dream up scenarios where I would break my leg before a shift and wouldn't have to work. After 4 hours I was ready to stab somebody and the boss couldn't promise that I wouldn't have to work in the cafe again. So I quit and found a job pulling pints in a pub.
Edited by Fanny McPhail, 21 August 2012 - 09:43 PM.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 10:16 PM
3 hours. I was hired to pack fruit. I spent 2.5hrs packing avocados. Mind numbing job but easy money really. Then I got told to fill in at the mango packing section. Within 10 minutes I felt itchy but it was a hot day and we were in a tin shed so put it down to heat rash. By the 20 minute mark I was having trouble breathing and had started to swell. An ambulance ride later....guess who is allergic.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:45 AM
1 day. I got s job cleaning a backpackers hostel in Italy, it was basically board in exchange for cleaning. On day 2, I was told that they didn't want me cleaning anymore - instead I was to go to the local bus station and hustle for backpackers to stay. They gave me tips to avoid being caught by the police, because hustling is illegal.
There was no way I was doing something illegal in a foreign country where I didn't speak the language, so I left. Spent a few months Travelling around Croatia instead.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 08:21 AM
I had applied for two jobs at the same time and had gotten though to final interviews. One was 10 minutes from home, the other 45 in normal traffic. This was my first full time job after having kids so I was already freaking out about being back in time for afternoon pick up at day care.
Job furthest away offered me the position. Pay was a bit better too. Rocked up on my first day to discover that my inventory controller job was actually in a bonded warehouse where we were basically locked on site all day, due to the high end merchandise we handled (think furs, and handbags etc)
Got in the car at the end of my shift and hit a massive traffic jam. Was taking 10 'minutes to travel 100 mtrs! I was freaking out. Good thing ILs had the kids that day. Took me over 2 hours to get home.
While in the traffic the other job rang to give me the position. I said yes instantly. Started the next day and just told the first employer it wasn't for me. Never got paid for the first day. Didn't care
Posted 22 August 2012 - 08:26 AM
At my previous job we had a girl leave at lunch time and phone in to resign on her first day. I felt sorry for her she seemed quite shy and nervous and we were a great workplace.
Years ago a friend of mine just left a new job at lunch and didn't even phone them
A very normal levelheaded friend of mine left a job after the first day. She went to make herself a coffee and had a manager rush up and say no no you can't do that till 10:15. She decided the job was not going to be worth it if they had issues with someone taking 2 mins to make themselves an instant coffee
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