||The Wall Says
It's Time To Go
By Nick Corcodilos
That Ache Is Your Career Telling You Something
Unfortunately, the act of changing jobs is usually
reactionary rather than planned. Most of us are so busy doing our jobs that we simply
don't have time to contemplate, much less pursue, a new job with another employer. When we
do make a change, it's often because some immediate event forced change upon us. These
kinds of events include, but are certainly not limited to, a downsizing, a disagreement
with a boss, an unexpected job offer or a failure to get an expected raise.
Until one of these events occurs, we tend to grin and bear surprisingly high
levels of discomfort about our careers, our jobs and our future. Consequently, we rarely
stop to recognize legitimate "change signals" or to ask the question, "Is
it time for me to go?"
If you're experiencing career
discomfort, I want to poke you where it hurts so it'll hurt a little more not to
antagonize you, but to encourage you to figure out exactly what's causing it. If you can
do that, you might be able to start planning your next career step, before circumstances
step on your career.
The Writing On The Wall
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You probably know what I'm talking about. You see the
writing on the wall, but like most busy people, you ignore it so you can get on with the
daily chore of slaying another dragon at work. But it's time to start reading the signals
your career is sending you. If you decide these signals are not so serious and your
discomfort is more imagined than real, maybe you'll relax a little and enjoy your job
more. If you're in considerable pain, maybe I can help you isolate the specific signal
that's tormenting you. Then you can make some specific decisions and take control of your
People tend to go on interviews for the same reason a mountain climber climbs a
mountain: because "it's there." Headhunters deal with that by having more than
one candidate available for the client. But they also devote considerable effort to
helping the candidate isolate the reasons that led him to consider a change. That's how
the headhunter develops his "pitch" to sell the position to the candidate. (I
don't use that word pejoratively; a pitch can be very honest and sincere.) That is, we
play the role of "the shrink," trying to make a connection between the new job
and a person's needs and discomforts. Unless we can get into the person's head and figure
out what's really bothering him about his job or career, we can't motivate him to consider
a new job seriously. It's part of our job to know what the writing on the wall might be,
even before we meet the prospective candidate.
Let's look at some examples of the most common writing on the wall. It's up to
you to decide whether it represents a compelling reason to consider changing jobs or
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