Picking the right time to change jobs is everything, so swap the word ‘yes’ for ‘potentially’ and you’re in charge, ready to switch jobs when the right moment comes.
“Action this day” was a laudable rallying cry for Sir Winston Churchill. However, if that means you’re leaping to switch jobs as an emotional knee-jerk reaction to a problem at work, you risk sinking your career into an abyss. Grasping at a role that just isn’t right for you can deny you the opportunity to build an enduring track record.
A number of employer and job changes may be the norm today, but there are limits. A CV parading a series of short term roles creates a negative impression, especially for more senior positions. “Employers don’t want to invest in someone who does not give a return on investment,” notes research consultant Sue Honoré of Ashridge, one of the world’s leading business schools.
Even In the fast-moving sectors where frequently moving jobs is expected, employers become concerned if you’ve been changing jobs for defensive reasons. By all means feel the emotion from a negative situation, culture or experience, but use it to motivate your search for the right opportunity, not just any opportunity. Only make a job change when it’s the right time for you and do it on your own terms.
Should you change your job?
When you ask yourself, “Should I change jobs?”, remember that the best career change jobs are those that build on your career to date and then stretch you further. A new role should broaden your experience, build your capability and set you up for the move after that. If an employer sees that you’re an ambitious achiever and taking a logical career step, you’re half way in to your new role already, so show the positive reasons why you want to move on from your current post.