I have found just the opposite, more people that believe that than you may think.  I have achieved more money, better benefits, a greater title and a shorter commute, every time I have changed jobs.Danger

Fear can be a near paralyzing emotion and most people will do anything to avoid it. That’s probably why you are reading this post.

Your career may stall – staying at a current company and waiting, praying, your boss moves on so you can move into his position.

And then when you do finally move in to his job you find, a minimal raise, the same crappy commute, same pay structure, and same co-workers, just to have new headaches?  Maybe staying with the same company isn’t always the best plan.

I have found moving to a new job entirely can be a better fit.  To start; you should get a good raise, better benefits, better commute and /or meet new people.  That’s what the interview process is for right, to determine these things?  A new place to work gives you a good environment to learn new things that down the road will lead to more improvements.  The potential problem people fear?

 Is a new employer secure?

The real question is; why is your current employer more secure?

At any given point you current employer can go bankrupt, close its door, or get bought out and you become the redundancy.    There are no guarantees in life, that’s an old but important cliché.  How many businesses close up due to mismanagement of funds, only to be hacked up and sold off to cover debts?

Not to scare you though.  We have all seen a thriving business one day, and then it closes its doors the next.

brewery-805514-mA year ago – I knew of a small craft brewery that opened and was booming; a slightly larger craft brewery chain wanted to buy them and the small one of course said no.  The bigger craft brewery then bought the strip mall the small one had a lease with and when the lease was up the larger brewery didn’t renew the lease – the small brewery was forced to move.  Moral of this story, never build your house on rented land… oh and always be ready for change.

Change is an important part of life, and preparation is just as important. Moving up or moving out every 3 to 5 years is better for your career, unless of course you truly love your job “and” it doesn’t become burdensome.  You can play with the frequency a little if you want  – changing things up will keep you and your resume fresh, thus minimizing any impact on unseen change.

What to do with a stale job.

Your job/career must benefit you, and when it becomes a burden it’s time to either move on or move up.  Most employment should be enjoyable, and for me that will last about five years give or take a year.  Most jobs become tedious at some point and I need a new challenge.  After that I need to move on or move up.

Don’t let this trouble you too much, conventional wisdom tells us to grab a job and hold on for dear life, change wasn’t really part of the game plan.   There are far more examples of reasons to move on than to hold on.

One quick example; “GM, too Big to Fail?” remember that, how many people were left holding the bag on that one?  Moving on or moving up, gives you different platforms of experience that become very useful if the bottom falls out; plus it keeps you fresh.

Never jump unless you are prepared!

Be prepared to jump before you jump employers.  Take time to polish up your resume – and your attitude before you consider moving anywhere.  I have many tips, some old – some new, on perfecting your resume.

Leaving a current employer can be scary it’s important to do your due-diligence by researching any new employer to check for sings of stability.  I like to look for new opportunities that can improve my current situation; it can be exciting looking because the ball is in your court, actually you are holding all the balls.

Looking for new employment while you are currently employed gives you a huge boost in confidence and potential employers really like that.  Has anyone ever noticed a potential employer scoot closer to the edge of their seat during your interview?  You never know when you may need to consider moving employers – always keep your options open.

Thanks for reading,

Jon