It is really amusing to read all the articles on how to change jobs. 95% of them seem to encourage a person to go ahead and change jobs as long as you do “x” on your resume and “x” in interviewing. Everyone seems to be an expert in job search (recruiters, unemployed HR, unemployed Managers, Consultants, Media, etc). Few articles are written on why not to change. Here is one:
1) Don’t look to change jobs because you have a personal issue with a boss or coworker. Most of the time the personal issue is fleeting. Figure out how to fix the problem. That is what you will say in an interview isn’t it? You are a problem-solver?
Beginning on the path to having personal issues direct your career is a first step to having your personal issues become your career problems. Are your personal issues with coworkers their fault or yours?
2) Don’t look to change jobs because you are not doing your job well. Perhaps you have slacked off, or made mistakes, or been a personal issue to other people. Running away will not help your career at all. Someone in the future will discover your bad performance, and potentially be a real block when you are doing a good job (references when you are looking to change jobs). Solve the problem first. Perform. Then if there are other true issues, make a career move.
3) Don’t look to change jobs because the grass looks greener. Emotional reactions to “greener grass” can lead to buyer’s remorse somewhere in the future. Career and job changes are not weekend dates. Careers and jobs are your livelihood and how yourself will judge you.
4) Don’t look to change jobs because you need more money. Money should be a reward for performance. It is simply asinine to voluntarily increase your monthly expenses (New car, house, children) and then to think: “I’m worth more now because I need more”. The USA may be a semi-welfare state, but you should not get caught up in that foolishness. Increase your expenses after you are sure you can afford them. Don’t expect to use “I need” as a justification past your 5th birthday. It will never stop.
5) Don’t change jobs just because friends have. It is amazing to me as a recruiter how many YOUNG people do this. In a crowd of 10 “friends,” one changes jobs, then two, then six. This is your life man, not a spring break hotel.
6) Don’t change jobs because you are bored (for a brief time). Being bored (duties that are not challenging) is part of working. Try to make the job more challenging by asking for more difficult work, more challenging assignments, or by simply trying to be a 12 on a 10-scale in your job performance (you may get noticed for a promotion).
7) Don’t change jobs on a rainy day. I have it on great authority that the gloom will stick to your pants like gum to a shoe.
Before you change jobs, sit with a trusted friend and objectively analyze the causes of your motivations. Make sure that those are positive motivations rather than emotional or soap opera based.