Ask the HR Lady: Should I Change Jobs?

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Advice, Changing Jobs | 1 comment

Dear HR Lady: I have been employed with the same company for 10 years and live in the San Francisco Bay area.  Four years ago, I decided the commute was killing me, so I interviewed around and got a job offer.  Then, I went to my employer and told him I had another job offer.  He asked me what it would take for me to stay, and I told him I didn’t like the commute.  He said I could work from home a few days a week.  I accepted that offer and they promoted me with a pay increase.  Now, I am able to work from home every day and only have to go into the office once every two weeks or so.  The problem?  I’m sick of my job.  I’m tired of doing the same thing day in and day out.  I’m thinking about looking for another job but wondering if I’m crazy.  Any advice?    ~ Chris, California

Dear Chris: There’s an old saying about not leaving the rock you’re on until you have a foot on the next rock.  There’s no doubt about it – changing jobs is a risky move.  Here’s what you do:

  1. Look at your income and expenses and make sure you are being very smart about your money.  Before changing jobs in this economy, I recommend having 10-12 months of net pay saved in a savings account.  Additionally, pay off as much debt as possible so that all you’re dealing with are your regular monthly bills such as utilities or rent.
  2. Invest some time in yourself.  Find a great life coach [likely available as an Employee Assistance Benefit (EAP) though your current employer] and explore if a job change is really what you need.  You may discover that you need a new hobby or simply to find a way to connect with the passion of life again.  Even if you do change jobs, you’ll be in a great place emotionally to make the transition and find success in your new role.
  3. Keep the door open. While you may not be working full time for your former company, ask them if you can stay on as a part time consultant.  That way, you keep the door open for you to maintain an income even if your new job doesn’t work out.

Good luck and I wish you the best!  ~ HR Lady

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