Deciding to Change Jobs | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Deciding to Change Jobs | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 2153 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses what you should do once you decide to change jobs.

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Today, let's talk about the decision to change jobs and considering why you want to change jobs. You are listening to this show like others have because you're wondering whether it's the right thing to do. It probably is.  But their are some exceptions to consider.

If there are some financial reasons why you really should stay. For example, you have some kind of loan from your current employer that you would have to we pay immediately if you resign your job and you can't afford to do so.
If you have a mediocre job history. You don't want that job history to be emphasized yet again.  If you change jobs.
Generally, if you're listening to the show, there is something unsettling about your current job situation that you need to address. Maybe, your boss is an imbecile. Maybe you stop learning a while ago.  Whatever it is, it's time to go.

Now, I want you to get clear about what the problems are, write them down, because what will happen is, in the course of your job search, You will forget some of these things and, later on, have to make a decision.  Sometimes, you will have to contend with a counteroffer where an employer is going to go, "But why?  We love you!  You are so important to us!  Please stay! Don't go!  We need you! How much is it going to take? "

Obviously, I am caricaturing what will be said to you, but sometimes people forget what is in their interest and get "bought" back to their current job and nothing is really changed.

So, write down your reasons for wanting to leave.  That's a great starting place for beginning your search.  If you flip your answers around and start looking at what you will need to have from you next employer, you'll find some things you will need to evaluate and consider when you interview.


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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