The Butterfly – When To Spread Your Wings And Fly

Posted by Carolyn Thompson on Nov 5, 2008 in Building Confidence, Career Path |

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When is it time to spread your wings and fly, and for what reasons? Think about your current job situation. Is it with a stable company? Are promotions passing you by? Has there been a reduction in staff? Maybe you are just ready for more career growth and challenge. When tackling this obstacle, keep in mind a few sure signs it is time to move on:
  1. -Other co-workers are being promoted while you have been in the same role for years
  2. -Office gossip, and feeling alienated from your team
  3. -The company is having financial difficulties resulting in a reduction in staff
  4. -You no longer want to get up and go to work in the morning
  5. -You no longer feel challenged in your current role and yearn for more
  6. -You have not received a pay increase for more than 2 years

On the other side of the fence there are sure reasons to stay in your current position (cocoon). As a Recruiter, I recently spoke with a friend who has worked in his current position for a year, with only one year of experience in his role, he truly felt that it was time to move on, and wanted a 15k pay increase. My advice to him: In this current market only having one year of experience and expecting a 15k pay increase is unrealistic. There are too many Caterpillars out there looking to spin their cocoon! They will be more flexible with realistic expectations to gain more experience. Here is something to take into consideration: although important, money isn’t everything. If the position offers more experience, advancement in your field, and you are working with innovative technology that is marketable, take that into consideration before ruling it out because the dollar amount is not what you expect. In time you will spread your wings and fly. There is a time and a season for all. Is this your time or your season!?

Rachel Harris
Associate, CMCS

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Jan 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

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Feb 6, 2013 at 9:57 pm

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