“I  have  to  change  my  job  to  enhance  my  career”, Common Questions and Answers of a Modern Office.

QUESTION: I  have  to  change  my  job  to  enhance  my  career.

FACT:  This,  If  done  frequently  and  in  an  unfocused  way, might  derail  your  career.


People change jobs to enhance their career.  A new job certainly helps in widening one’s network.  It  helps  in  learning  about  new work  cultures  and  adapting  to  them.  Exposure to different management styles provides new experiences.  Moving  to a  new  job  will  also  take  you 

out  of  your  comfort  zone  and instill  a  sense  of  urgency  to  prove  yourself  in  a  new  work environment.  New  work-related  skills,  which  may  not  have been  possible  in  the  previous  company,  can  be  learnt,  Moreover, exposure  to  additional  data  points  will  help  in  realizing  one’s strengths  and  weaknesses.

People  do  think  a  lot  before  making  any  job  change. Sometimes,  the  decision  is  based  purely.  on  considerations  of salary  or  designation,  and  not  at  all  on  whether  the  new  job will  help  you  attain  your  long-term  career  goal.  Sometimes, a  person  makes  frequent  job  changes  as  he  believes  that, with  each  change,  he  will  get  a  better  salary,  Frequent  changes can  be  due  to  one’s  not  being  able  to  adjust  to  the  work environment  or  to  not  being  able  to  contribute  well.  Jobs are  changed  also  because  of  pressure  from  friends,  family  or a  previous  manager.

            Hiring managers, confronted with candidates with a record of frequent job-hops, might level them ‘unstable’ and not proceed with the selection process. The normal expectation is for someone to stay in a job for a reasonable period of time (depending upon the type of industry) so as to get exposure in the full lifecycle of a project. But if a person does not do that, his experience and skills are considered superficial; besides, over time, he might be found unsuitable for handling a higher responsibility. He could also be considered a fence-sitter looking only for the next change.

            It is all right to have frequent job changes if the rationale is intelligently thought through and produces positive outcomes. But usually, when a person leaves a job, he is either ‘running away’ from something or ‘running towards’ something. What an interview panel is looking for is a candidate who is ready to run towards the next challenge; it won’t have anything to do with a candidate who has run away from a difficult situation in his previous job.

WHAT CAN YOU DO AS THE EMPLOYEE?  You should undertake the job change that fits in with your career plan. There is no harm in joining a new company, but you must also have the guts to rectify the decision if it turns out be wrong. At the interview stage, it’s important that you have coherent reasons to explain your decision to opt for a job change. Most importantly, you need to convince the interviewers that you are passionate about the new opportunity and that it matches your career plan. If they are convinced, then frequent job-hops will not be a handicap.

WHAT CAN YOU DO AS THE MANAGER? If you like the skills of a candidate, then you should proceed with the interview process; but you have also got to be confident that the candidate will stick to the new job. As a hiring manager, you need to understand the various circumstances under which the candidate had opted for job changes. If in doubt, you should consult other panel members in order to ascertain the consistency in response. There may be circumstances that were not under the candidate’s control (for example, a project getting shut down, a company closing, a project moving to another place), and you should not penalize the candidate for this. If doubts still persist, it is better to complete a proper reference check to clear matters.

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