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When Is Time for You To Change Jobs?

People change jobs in every field and quite often, for the most part. In truth, it is not uncommon to see younger professionals who change employers and/or their career paths every two to three years. Many hiring managers look for this on résumés and often avoid hiring anyone who has changed jobs multiple times over their career. Why? Because that pattern of behavior suggests that the respective job candidate will only stay at the job for a short amount of time. The problem is that hiring managers will worry that the company or organization will have to conduct another candidate search, a lengthy and costly process, every one to two years. For the most part, employers like to hire employees who will likely stay on for at least five years. That said, certain situations dictate a person considers a change in jobs, and in some instances, the need to change jobs is critical.

Toxic work environment. For employees working in environments where they are miserable, for any reason, changing to a new job (and employer) is the only answer. Common reasons for such a need range from rude bosses who are overbearing or expecting an unreasonable amount of work for no pay raise or overtime, which can contribute to a toxic work environment. Other common problems include having one or more colleagues who are rude, demeaning, and or untrustworthy or even working multiple back-to-back shifts with little time to rest and get away from work. For all these instances, changing jobs is something to consider.

Likely layoffs. When the economy is struggling, usually indicated by a national or global recession, multiple industries are impacted by funding cuts or reduced sales and, in turn, the company’s earnings or revenues. While specific industries always seem to get hurt by recessions (Education, Medical, and Social Services), recessions have also impacted other industries. When facing likely layoffs, finding a new job is most definitely warranted.

Change in career interest. Happening more often than most people realize, professionals get frustrated with or tired of their field. It occurs for a mix of reasons from being sick of work politics, technological or theoretical changes in the field, or simply because the individual no longer enjoys their work. All these reasons can lead to burnout, and to manage the stress of burnout, switching fields becomes a necessity. Change in career interest happens all too often, especially in Education, Medical, and Social Services fields.

All of the above. Just as it is common that many professionals change jobs every two to three years, it generally is because of more than one of the above reasons. An impending layoff with few open job positions in a specific field is often a two-fold cause for changing companies/employers or fields. For whatever reason, a professional changes jobs or career paths; speaking with mentors, career coaches, or professionals in your field can help make the transition to a new job much easier and less stressful.

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