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To Leave or Not To Leave: Should you switch jobs now?

So this is bonus season again and despite how much you DON’T want to hear discussions about it, people talk about what they are getting, people express feelings of dissatisfaction or content, and people start thinking about other options.

Especially for young professionals who just entered the workplace in the past one or two years, this is a crucial question you might want to ask yourself: should I stay? Or should I go for another firm?

 

Wait ~~~7 Key Reasons to hold off jumping to somewhere else!

 

1. You have been there for no more than 6 months

You typically need 6-8 months to get used to a new job anyway. It is hardly a smart decision to leave already before you give yourself enough time to get comfortable with the day-to-day work.

 

2. Your contract with the firm is yet to expire

I know it’s hard to ask you to seriously commit to one employee especially given the economy and the options you might have, but unless the company seriously treated you badly, it is a professional gesture to stay loyal to a firm until at least your contract expires.

 

3. Are you building up your reputation as a “jumper”?

Not all “jumpers” are like this, but if you do this too often, people tend to think you don’t have the mental strength to stick to one single job or to handle the pressure of increasing responsibilities. You will not even have the time to build up your expertise especially if you jump around among junior roles. It doesn’t look good on your profile.

 

4. There is someone at work that you really dislike

If you like the work itself it’s good enough. It is NORMAL to have one or two colleagues whom you are not a big fan of. He might have a weird look, with bad temper, he likes to talk behind other people’s back, doesn’t respect you enough, and sometimes you think he’s simply lazy. But again this happens in EVERY FIRM! If you can take advantage of these situations and challenge yourself on how well you can handle these interpersonal relationships, you can only excel even more in other circumstances.

 

5. You are not being treated favorable enough in certain situations

It happens frequently in the work place and again it happens in EVERY FIRM. It is almost unreasonable to expect you will always be treated fairly and nicely every single minute. What is important, though, is that you learn from these experiences on how to defend yourself (without sounding defensive), how to articulate your reasons and how to provide constructive feedback and suggestions.

 

6. There is one task you do that is dragging and frustrating

Again this happens in many workplaces and in many different roles, especially at entry level. Either you find meanings in the type of work you do, or you add onto it more interesting elements and insights. You might see things in an entirely different way after you take the chance to update your learning approach and build more networks.

 

7. You don’t really have a significant better option

Many people probably fit into this category actually. You don’t particularly enjoy your current job, but you don’t really have a better option either. You should be extra cautious with career switches especially if you don’t even know what you want and what you are capable of. It might not be a bad idea to stick to what you have and figure these things out first before you move on to your next step.

 

But in the following 7 situations you may want to seriously consider something else

  1. Your boss never keeps his promises
  2. Your boss never spends time to explain any decisions making process
  3. Your boss pushes you to work long hours but hardly pays overtime or bonus
  4. Your boss asks you to take responsibility but never provides any training or career advancement opportunities
  5. Very hierarchical organizational structure with low efficiency and complicated office politics
  6. The same job at another firm gives you 40% or plus pay increase
  7. Congratulations, you just won a huge lottery so you don’t need to work anymore!

 

THE POINT IS:

A lot of times it’s really UP TO YOU how much you want to take advantage of your current situation. If you can find a way to put meanings into what you do and you are in good relationship with your boss, and better, with many other colleagues across the firm, and mostly importantly, you are generally happy and content (or that you’re getting there), it probably makes more sense to stick to it a little bit longer.

 

What do you think? What makes you want to switch jobs? Is it a hard decision for you too (or not)?

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  1. February 20, 2011 at 6:39 am

    This really answered my downside, thanks!

  2. February 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    That is the right blog for anybody who wants to search out out about this topic. You understand so much its nearly arduous to argue with you (not that I actually would need…HaHa). You undoubtedly put a brand new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, just nice!

  3. domncroxd
    February 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

    great blog entry. i’m actually at a crossroads right now and i’m wondering if i should switch jobs now. i’m tired of the company i’m working for as it’s quite bureaucratic and i am losing interest in it, but there’s another company with the same or similar job scope, and seemingly bigger responsibilities (which will keep me excited for longer). however, the pay and benefits are not as good. any ideas on what i should do? this would be my 2nd job ever, if i do move.

    • February 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks for the note. Not sure which industry you are in but is the other job option at a smaller firm? You said it’s a similar position but with more responsibilities and why exactly there will be more responsibilities? Is it because they are just building up the team so there’s more growth? How’s senior management at the team are they very sharing people and would like to spend a lot of time training you and helping you to learn and grow? Not sure how far are you with your career but at the entry level or junior level I don’t think the initial pay/benefit matters too much, but if they really value you at the other firm there should be rooms for negotiation, have you tried that yet?

      There are a lot of things that could happen both ways. If you like your current team and you feel you’re paid decently, you can even try to talk to your manager about getting more responsibilities if you position yourself wisely. Anyway, do some more thinking and talk to people more 🙂 good luck making a decision.

  4. March 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Wow! great post. This blog is fantastic.

    • March 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      You mean it? thanks so much 🙂

  5. July 3, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Oh, that’s a great list! I don’t know how to thank you for the stress releif.

    • July 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Haha, I am happy it relieved some stress from you! Good luck~~

  6. July 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

    This is a great sorce of good advice. Thank you for you’re help.

    • July 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      I am happy it was helpful 🙂 thanks for commenting!

  7. September 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm

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  8. Dreamer27
    October 19, 2011 at 5:07 am

    So, I work at a one of the largest and most well known companies in the world, its pretty much my first real job out of college. But since I was hired during recession my salary is about 15-20% lower than my peers.

    I do like my job, but even without looking, I keep getting calls from recruiters every other week considering the market is picking up. I am really confused whether I should switch or not. I wonder if I am just putting of switching jobs because I am afraid of change, going to interviews and ol or is it because I am happy at my job.

  9. August 31, 2012 at 8:09 am

    i still love my job n the fact that i did great in the past few months,juz that i’m kinda afraid that there would be no more job offer for me since this is my 1st offer of tons of jobs interview i’ve attend..i feel torn whether to go or to stay..

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