Why Do I Want To Leave?

Software Advice, the authority on software selection, shared with us their infographic from their blog post, “A Job-Hopper’s Guide to Finding Your Next Job“. We just had to share the love as well!

It helps job seekers break down their answer to the question: Why do I want to leave?

Let’s start with the answers in category number one.

  • I’m bored.
  • It’s too hard.
  • I’m not sure this is what I want to do for a living.

Why are you bored? The workload you are getting might be too small, too menial, or a combination of both. It’s important to consider what will happen if you jump ship and head back into the job seeker force. Is the effort worth the payout? The weeks or months it takes to find a job that is right for you  can sap your resources of time, money, and effort. And how do you know that you won’t be bored in the next job? It’s a case of the grass being greener on the other side. Think about it: did you really think you would be bored at your current job when you accepted the job offer? Discerning job candidates don’t take a job because they think they will be bored in a few months working there; they take the job because they think it will be a good fit for them. So were you the discerning job seeker? If not, it’s time to reflect on why you really want to leave. It might be deeper than boredom.

Why is it too hard? “What we have here, is a failure to communicate.” It could be a communication breakdown within the team. It could be a coworker leaving. It could be your workload is changing and evolving to the company’s needs. Companies with development and training programs offer employees the chance to build upon their job skills. So if a workload is becoming too hard, we suggest considering the company’s options for training and skill development. If a job seeker finds a company that is the perfect fit for them, then what’s to stop him or her for taking the job offer?! Skill development and training is helpful for every employee at every level. An entry-level job seeker won’t have the skills to be a CEO of a large company, because that takes time and effort to work towards. It goes like this – job seekers don’t need to be worried about a hard job. A great company culture will offer a team to help each other out when times get tough.

Why are you not sure this is what you want to do? Answering this question is a little trickier. But the good news is this: you don’t have to know. You don’t have to always know what you want to do your entire career life. Your working life is a long time, and making a decision at the age of 18 when you graduate high school is quite ridiculous. Just find a job that you currently love. You don’t have to marry it. It’s okay to find a company that aligns with your work values and plan on not staying there forever because it just might not be your career for life. Life is all about change. So if you don’t think it’s what you want to do for the future , that’s okay – as long as you are satisfied with where you are right now.

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