Is it Time for a Career Transition?

by sysop in On the Job 101

Is it time to quit your job?

by Kristina Burroughs

Since we’re in the business of identifying the best talent for our client organizations, it is not uncommon to talk with people who are currently employed and looking for better opportunities. There are many reasons that it may be time to move on from your current place of employment to pursue other opportunities. But when do you know it’s time to go?  With the exception of a few career industries, most recruiters and hiring managers will “red flag” resumes that show too much movement in short stints of time. Here are 3 indicators that it could be time to move on to new job opportunities.

  1. LIFE SITUATION CHANGES-Sometimes life’s curve balls may cause you to make a job or career change that you might not have considered before. Be able to clarify what you need in order to keep your personal priorities in order.  Be honest about those expectations in your job search when seeking a better fit that will accommodate your life changes. These changes could include a spouse’s relocation, family priorities, financial responsibilities, stress levels of the job, flexibility with office hours, or special accommodations.
  2. UNCHALLENGED & NO PROJECTION FOR GROWTH-When you are no longer challenged in your current job and there is no real opportunity to grow in responsibility, it may be time to move on. There are some cultures, jobs, and industries that simply won’t take you where you want to go if you remain with the status quo. For instance, if you’re in an education system with no desire to become an administrator, teacher, program manager, or professor, then there may be limited places for you to move within the organization. You can’t blame it on the system; you know what it offers.  When you’ve lost your passion and motivation or no longer feel you’re adding value to the organization, your level of fulfillment will affect your attitude and job performance.
  3. CULTURE CLASHES AND BAD SUPERVISORS-Culture and ethics can make or break a person’s level of enjoyment at work. A safe and respectful workplace is the standard. If you find yourself in a situation that is compromising your personal values, this could be a good reason to move on. Sometimes a bad supervisor can teach you just as much, if not more, than a good one so it is important to make sure this is not your only reason for leaving. If you’ve genuinely attempted to build a better relationship with your supervisor and still feel like you’re not developing under their leadership, this could be another reason to move on.
  4. A SINKING SHIP- Whether the leak is due to major funding issues or organizational problems, sinking ships normally send off a few red flares before sinking. While it can be noble to hang on to the bitter end, this may not be the best option for your career path.

These are some reasons that may contribute to your decision to quit your job with proper notification and move on. In each situation, never burn your bridges and always remain professional in your exit strategy.