When is the perfect time to change jobs? The question below was posed to one of the many groups I belong to as a blogger. I truly felt it was an appropriate question to share here at Interview Chatter. I will also share my response to the question and some additional information shared by another member.
I’m in a job where I’m not satisfied, and I want to find a new job where I will feel more fulfilled and I will be more fulfilling. BUT, fear is always there. It never feels like the right time to put in my two weeks (one month) notice. I realize there will always things going on at this job, and there will really never be a “perfect” time to leave the job. So, I guess the real question is how do you go from feeling selfless to selfish about your employment needs?
My response: I find your question very interesting. There are many people who struggle with this same question. Here are my thoughts for you to consider. First, there will never be a perfect time to change jobs. The word perfect is the wrong word. The question needs to become, when is the best time for you to make a change. It puts the accountability of the decision on you rather than what is happening in your organization. No matter what advice we give you, ultimately the right time will be when you are ready to make a change. Asking the question is a beginning, but you must move away from pondering the timing and think about what it is you want to do. If you want to change jobs, develop a plan you can live with and go for it. Don’t let your boss, or your fear get in the way of you executing the plan. Go for it! Create a map for yourself. Don’t just give your two weeks notice and walk away. Walk away better. Walk into a job opportunity or business venture that helps you accomplish your purpose, your vision for your life. Lastly, most organizations you have ever worked for and any you could go to after this one will be there, working and doing the things they were doing before you got there. Your decision about when you should leave that organization should not be continguent on what is happening there. You are an employee to them. When you cease to create value for them, they will remove you. Most employers know when you are struggling. They may not terminate your employment today, but eventually, they will find a way to move you out, either because you leave on your own or because they move you out.
I’ll end this post with a quote from Perfect Timing Doesn’t Exist. Stop Waiting For It. Take a moment and read the article in its entirety. “If your current job is holding you back, then you should quit. Seriously. You can quit your dead-end job today. Just walk straight up to your boss and say “I quit.” Leave and don’t come back. The place won’t crumble without you. They’ll find a replacement and be just fine. Then hop in your car and drive across the country just to see that you can. Just for fun. Just to help you remember that you have a choice. No car? Hitchhike. Not your thing? Walk. I’m sure you see my point: You have more freedom than you realize.”