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Ask Yourself 3 Questions Before Changing Jobs

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“Should I stay or I should I go?” That is the ultimate question for people who might be changing jobs.

Today’s professionals stay at their jobs for less time than ever before. However, just because this trend is growing doesn’t mean changing jobs should be taken lightly. Set aside time for self-reflection to truly determine if changing jobs is the best decision for you.

Answer the following three questions to decide if you should change jobs or stay put:

1. Will changing jobs offer you something your current job doesn’t?

We live in a competitive world. Companies are enticing people to join their teams with much more than a bigger salary. Want unlimited vacation? You got it. Perhaps you’d care for dogs in the office? Let us get you a branded doggie bed for Fido. Even above competitive salaries and perks, a 2014 survey by the People Geeks at cultureamp found that employees were more engaged when they felt their company was a great place to develop. If you don’t feel that way about your current job, it might be time for a change.

2. Will changing jobs help you become an expert?

Theoretically, your personal and professional growth should help you become an expert in your field. If you’ve hopped between different jobs for a while, and feel like the next step could put you on the right path, do it. As Seth Godin says in his popular book, The Dip, “you really can’t try to do everything, especially if you intend to be the best in the world.” If your current job is holding you back from what really matters, it’s time to refocus and become the best.

3. Are you underperforming or over-performing at work?

Maybe you’ve made a slew of mistakes recently or are feeling uninspired. Maybe you’ve been exceeding your target and all expectations. In either case, your current position may not be right for you. If you’re underperforming, figure out why so you can find a job to help you grow. If you’re over-performing, look for a position that challenges you.

There comes a point in every professional’s career when they’re faced with the choice of either staying at their current position or taking a leap of faith into something new. Compile your answers to these questions and discuss with a trusted friend (probably safer if they aren’t also your coworker). If you make an educated decision and trust in yourself, you’re one step closer to professional happiness.

Have you made a positive switch to a new job? How did you decide it was right for you? Let us know your story.

Author: Alexis Croswell