Should You Stay or Go? 4 Reasons Why Changing Your Job Might Not Be the Best Career Move Right Now
We’ve all done it — job-hopping.
It could be due to a variety of reasons: work flexibility, promotion, better salary, the need for a change after years of service, complete mastery over the job role, or unwillingness to work under a manager with un-manager-like conduct.
For whatever reason, personal or professional, changing your job can open up better career paths. On the other hand, it might not be beneficial for you; at least not in the present. And here’s why.
1. Unsettled and Nomadic, That’s What You’ll Be
The downside of changing your job — too often — is that your reputation will undoubtedly take a hit. You have to understand that, for an employer, training a recruit takes up resources in terms of time and money.
Take customer care jobs for instance, In this role you will need to be trained on how to handle clients, provide support, explain the product/service, troubleshoot customer issues and so on. All of this requires an in-house salaried trainer who has to show you the ropes for weeks. That’s time and money invested in you by the new employer.
If you’re a job jumper, and a serial one at that, employers start thinking: “should I hire this person? What if I train him and he leaves after a year? What am I getting out of this?”
If you’ve stuck around in a company for long, the employers start seeing you as someone who can commit and be part of organizational strategies. Conversely, short stints scar your reputation and employers might even question your personality, judgment and view you as being volatile and flighty.
2. You’ll Actually Miss Out On Promotions
It’s no secret that whenever a position opens up, companies look within an organization rather than outside. Since you’ve been around with the present employer for some time now, you’re familiar with the company culture, hierarchy, vision, goals, and structure — retaining such an employee is definitely a plus.
As for someone new coming in, experts are of the opinion that they receive lower performance evaluations than their counterparts in the same role. Moreover, if you do get hired, you might not last for long and will be let go of during organizational downsizing scenarios as you haven’t built up seniority.
3. You’ll Have To Prove Your Worth, Again
As is the case of newcomers in a company, they have to go through the process of proving their worth all over again.
Sure your CV spoke volumes about your previous experience, achievements, and contributions. And sure you impressed the members of the interviewing panel. But if you think that you’re done once getting on board, you’re mistaken.
The put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is employers will expect you to deliver results from Day 1 and will always stick around to ensure that you don’t goof up.
It’s quite the opposite if you’re in the same company. After having worked for years, you’ve essentially proved your mettle to your coworkers and seniors. They trust you with your work and might even throw in perks like remote working. This is something you won’t get from your new employer from the get-go.
4. Money Gained, Money Lost
One of the motivators for candidates to change jobs has always been higher salaries. In this age of inflation and the struggle to create better-living conditions, getting a higher salary is always a welcome sign.
But if you’re changing your job only to get a higher salary, you should take a moment and look back at what your current employer offers, and definitely think thrice before quitting because you might be losing money altogether.
Your retirement funds from your current employer might go down the gutter if you quit. Moreover, your next employer might offer considerably less health cover for you and your dependents. And that’s not all, you might even have to compromise on allowances.
Think about it; is changing your job worth the risk? Of course, you might have legit reasons to be part of a new gig, but always take note of what you’re missing out on before saying YES to your next employer.
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