Building a career can be a long and arduous process and sometimes you may be faced with decisions that can alter the course of your career forever. One of the biggest dilemmas that you may face during your time in the workforce is whether to wait for a great job to open up in the company you work for, or whether to cut your losses and switch to another company. This can be a very challenging situation and there are many factors that you should weigh before making your decision. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you make the leap to another company.
• Are You Unhappy? If you are consistently unhappy in your current position, then it is definitely time to find something new. Waiting it out for a few months or even a year could enable you to find a new position within the company, but you need to decide if you can make it until that time comes. Building more tenure in your position and becoming a bigger part of your company can help you to win a new position that opens up. Go above and beyond at any task you are given to impress your boss. If a new position opens up and you are passed over, you might want to consider moving to another company. If you feel that you are too unhappy and really need to move on before a new job opens up, start hunting for something new. Life is too short to be unhappy, but never quit your job until you find another one.
• Do people at your company often get promoted? Pay attention to the culture of your company. If people often get promoted, then there is a good chance that you could too if you do a good job. If your company often hires new people for mid and senior level positions, you might want to consider moving to a different company.
• Is another company offering you better benefits and salary? If another company is vying to win you and they are offering you better benefits, better salary, or better bonuses, it might be a good idea to take the new opportunity. A company that truly values you will work to keep you.
• How long have you been at your present company? If you have been with your present company for more than 2 years and no mention of a promotion has ever been made, your chances of moving to a new, better position internally are slim. You might consider having a meeting with your boss and discussing other opportunities and if you are still not given any positive feedback about a potential promotion, it is probably time to move on.
Deciding whether to stick it out at your current company and wait for a position to open up internally versus switching to a whole new company is a very challenging thing to do. Weight the pros and cons of each and try to make an informed decision that you can live with before you make that leap.
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