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Ask Dr. Karen - March 13

Dear Dr. Karen,
When should you leave a job?
Needing to grow, USA

Dear Needing to grow,

Think of your job as a pain vs. gain equation.  If the pain is bad enough you have to ease it or make it go away. 

The most common  cause is your boss. The number one reason people, worldwide, leave a job is the boss.  So what can you do?

  • Learn to live with this boss by learning how they like to think and communicate.  Is he or she buttoned down, wanting everything just right?  And youíre a go- with- the- flow and loose kind of person? Make those lists, check them twice, and respond in an ordered way at every meeting and give him or her a written agenda.  Whatever you try, after a few tries ask for feedback.  Believe it or not, this is a great opportunity to learn. Sometimes the feedback is the puzzled look you get.  Sometimes itís a subtle change in behavior.

  • Whether you think that anything has changed for the better, or not, thank him or her for his or her guidance.

  • Let the Human Resources know that this may not be the job for you but that youíd like to do something else in the company which you like and admire.  Stay neutral about the situation and donít complain.   Itís just not working out to our ďmutual satisfaction.Ē

  • Let your network know that you are looking for a new challenge without badmouthing your current boss.  You really donít want to burn any bridges.  You just want to leave.  The higher the level of the job the longer it takes to find a new one.  For entry-level it can a few weeks.  For senior-level it can take six months or more. 

  • Itís easier to get a job if you have a job.  If you feel you canít stay where you are then find part-time work or create consulting work until you get the next job.  Itís vital to be doing something constructive when you go for that job interview.

Good Luck!

Dr. Karen

 

 

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