Project Management

When Is It Time to Move On?

Tom's latest eBook has been released on Amazon: "The 7 Myths of IT Integrations". Tom is also a Program Director for a large Midwest corporation and has been an adjunct faculty member at Walsh College. He has managed global web initiatives, data center moves and large multi-million dollar programs.

Some career experts today will tell you that the best time to start looking for your next job is the first day you start your new job. While this type of advice does seem extreme, it brings up an interesting point: When is it time to move on?

Set aside for a moment the two polar opposites--such as your company is downsizing and your job no longer exists at one end, and the new job has double your current salary with an office on the beach in Hawaii at the other end. Short of these extremes, many of us are somewhere in the grey middle area where the decision isn’t so clear cut.

With so many complicated factors involved, how can you be sure it’s time to seek greener pastures instead of sticking it out in your current job? How can you stop second-guessing yourself? Consider the following...

Your Boss
More than any other single aspect of your job, your boss is the most important component. Research has proven that 80% or more of an employee’s job satisfaction or level of engagement is directly tied to the quality and strength of their relationship with their boss. Although this seems like common sense, many people contemplating a career move will give this aspect variably more or less weight in order to tilt their internal calculation one direction or another. Don’t make this mistake.

Is your boss good at his or her job? Is he or she …

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