Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX)

Houston Chronicle Working column: Make sure that greener-looking pasture truly is.

Byline: L.M. Sixel

Jul. 26--Maybe you can't stand your boss, the work isn't challenging or the commute is just too long.

Whatever the reason, you find another job.

Guess what? You run about a one in four chance you'll regret it, according to an informal survey of recruiters by the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

The likelihood of job-changer remorse is even greater when you accept the first offer that comes along and don't stop to find out if it is really a good fit.

There are a lot of reasons for the unhappiness.

Sometimes the problem is that the new boss isn't very congenial, said John Challenger, CEO of the Chicago-based firm that counsels job seekers. Or the new employee feels shunned by co-workers.

New employees also wind up unhappy when they discover the job isn't what they expected, he said. …

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