Really, is there a perfect time to make a career move?
The Clash asked, “should I stay or should I go,” in their 1982 song. Being in the recruitment industry for nearly 20 years, this question has been asked to me many times. It seems like one of those ultra-important questions in life. Similar to those other questions about where to go to college, when to get married, or when to have children. Well perhaps it’s not that big of a question. Or is it?
For some, making a career move is so overwhelming and stress filled. The thought of change and the unknown of a new company or role can be very daunting. For that reason a lot of people spend a career with a company they do not particularly like. Or they stick with a job year in and year out that does not motivate or even satisfy them. Others, however, can leave a job with complete ease and not look back. Those are the people who look at a job as a stepping stone. Their current role is an opportunity to gain an edge needed for advancement. The thought of staying in their current role puts them on edge.
Is loyalty a thing of the past?
Company loyalty and tenure is becoming a thing of the past. It is now more about advancing one’s skills for the next gig. That gig may or may not be within the same organization. The dynamics of the workplace itself or industry as a whole has drastically changed over recent years. What was once viewed as company loyalty can now be viewed as being stagnant.
So, if you are considering a career move, my suggestion is to consider these 4 questions:
- Do I know if the grass is greener on the other side?
If you are having a bad week, bad month, or quarter it can lead to frustration and desire to move. Another company may appear to eliminate those frustrations, but there could be other things that could create the same frustrations. You do not want to eliminate some issues, only to gain others.
- Is there an opportunity for me to gain new skills?
Look at the role itself and determine if it will allow you to be better or more valuable in the marketplace. If your current role does give you more skills, perhaps you might want to consider sticking it out or keep looking. Do not settle.
- Is the industry of the new role thriving or dying?
This is something to truly consider. In today’s marketplace, things are advancing (specifically within technology) at such a rapid pace. The longevity of a company is significantly smaller than in the past. Ensure you jump on the wave that can give you a decent ride.
- Will this job make me happy?
Not everyone does something which makes them happy and often people don’t have that choice. If you do have that choice, consider it. If a new role gets you excited to get out of bed, then by all means, jump all over it.