If you are stuck in your cubicle reading this article, while your boss thinks you are working on that presentation he asked you to do, then you have come to the right place. If you haven’t contemplated a job change by now, chances are that you are going to do so this very evening. Contrary to what some may say, I encourage you to look for a change. The question is - are you doing it for the right reasons?
The most commonly cited reason for a job change is dissatisfaction with the pay. These stand as a valid reason if you make peanuts and have been doing so ever since you can remember. However jumping at any offer which comes your way is not wise and more so, if you happen to be doing it time and again.
While you might survive the initial years, once you start nearing middle management, your CV might be looked upon with suspicion if you appear to be a hopper. This is because, for managerial positions, stability holds a premium. So you have to have a reason better than “I was looking for better pay” when the interviewer asks you about your eight job changes in five years.
Growth opportunities, job satisfaction et al. make for better sounding and more valid reasons for a job change. Broadening your horizons, finding what actually interests you, can very tangibly change the quality of your career curve for the better.
It is always good to develop a back-up strategy as you take time off to look at career options more conducive to “who you are”. Remember that it is very difficult to explain a mid-career existential crisis to an interviewer. So think of consistently reliable answers, before you walk into that HR Manager’s office.
A very important thing to remember is that your financial condition should not in any way set you back as you take time off to look at your options. Especially since the recent economic crisis, a job that you want might actually be dearer to you than you thought it would be. The situation could be compounded by outstanding mortgage and credit card debt that would escalate if you are unable to pay back even for short durations.
To deal with a long dry spell in your career it is advisable to have additional sources of income besides your salary. Investing in stocks, if done wisely, could be a good idea. Freelancing too could help you tide over difficult times.
While growth opportunities may be restricted, frequent job changes do not really affect financial stability. What affects it is an injudicious use of your credit card. My advice would be that if you are looking for a change, do it for a reason that doesn’t make you sound incredulous and reaching for that pair of scissors would surely help.
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