So you’ve made the momentous decision to move ahead in your career, to give notice, pack up the banker’s box with all of your tchotchkes. It’s just not happening where you are, and the economy is getting better, so it’s time to move on, right?
Well….maybe, maybe not. Although you may feel like Annie Pott’s character from the original Ghostbusters (“I’ve quit better jobs than this!”), have you really taken the time to communicate with your organization, seeking the best way to contribute as well as grow? A quote from Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans comes to mind: “If you don’t ask for what you want, you’ll simply have to take what you get” (from Love It, Don’t Leave It).
Now, I’m not saying that you’re guaranteed to get the corner office, a personalized parking space and the keys to the executive washroom, but it may be a mistake not to seek opportunities within your present company before bolting out of the door.
This is where Leaving and Going can enter into your decisions. If you are “Going,” you have a destination in mind. If “Leaving,” the only significant fact is that the company’s front door is in your rear view mirror! I can’t tell you how many folks I’ve met that, in Leaving, ended up more miserable than if they had stayed where they were!
Think through your next steps carefully. It may be that the best opportunity before you exists in your present situation. Be sure to do the due diligence to see if the possibility for career satisfaction and personal growth could keep you in the same parking lot.
“Ask and you may receive.” What do you have to lose?