Find a New Job or Improve the One You've Got

Posted In: Leaving a Company
Posted On: 3/21/2017

Nat: Thanks Jane. So let’s say I’m in a job and for whatever reason I’m in a little bit of a rut. I feel like I’ve stopped growing professionally. I’m not really enjoying it any more. My friends and family are telling me to find another job. I’m thinking about, should I try to get a promotion? Which is the better option? Should I try and go look elsewhere, should I really try and focus on the company and maybe figure something else out there?

Jane: You know Nat, that’s such a great question because one of the first things that people try to do when they’re unhappy in a job is say I’ve got to find a job some place else and you think the grass is always greener. What I would suggest is, let’s start with the company that you’re at and figure out, are there some ways that you can really build more responsibility into your job. To even make the job better, have new experiences, and grow there. It’s so much easier when you already have a track record and a support system to do more in your own company versus trying to find another company. So I would start there and it really needs to start with you. What are you looking for from a development standpoint? Put together your own plan and then go to your boss and really take the initiative on that.

Nat: So maybe say this is what I want to do. I’m inspired. I’m excited about learning these new things and putting in this kind of projects and bringing that as a plan?

Jane: That’s a great way to think about it. Because as a boss over all these years, I love it when somebody comes to me with ideas about how they want to grow and how they can help grow the business. And so taking that really really proactive approach will be appreciated by your boss and I think will lead to more opportunities. And if it doesn’t, then you probably need to look for another job. So Nat has some additional questions along those lines so if you go on, we’ll have some more answers.