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When It’s Time to Move On

Annie Berger

By Annie Berger

At JJES, we often talk to candidates who are struggling with the decision of whether to leave their current job, or whether to take a leap of faith and look for a new opportunity.  This decision is often deeply personal and it can be an extremely complex issue to sort through.

To help think through whether it is time to leave your current role, we turned to one of our favorite resources, the Harvard Business Review, where we found an article called “5 Signs It’s Time for a New Job” and we’ve taken the liberty of expanding on it with our own thoughts in points 6-10:

  1. You are not learning
  2. You are underperforming
  3. You are undervalued
  4. You are doing it just for the money
  5. You have a difficult relationship with your boss
  6. No room to move up after 3 years or you feel you’re pigeon-holed
  7. Uninterested in subject matter (bored!)
  8. Your expertise is ready to shine
  9. Firm shake-up
  10. Topsy-turvy work-life balance

If you’re a list person (and let’s face it, as a legal marketer, you probably are!), go through this list and assess your reasons for wanting to leave your current role.  After all, if you are undervalued or working for a boss whose values don’t sync with your own, it is likely impossible to change that. 

However it is extremely important, especially as you begin to get slightly jaded in your current role, to always be a team player and while you are still there, to “come from a place of yes” and work as hard as you can.  We’ve all seen people who are disgruntled in their current role and rather than moving on, they stay too long, become too negative, and end up leaving behind a bad reputation when they finally do leave. 

If you are currently deciding whether or not to stay in your current role (or even if you’re not), I would highly recommend reading this article from Inc., 16 Ways to Create Your Own Happiness at Work, as I think it is full of some really valuable tips, both for junior team members, but also more senior team leaders. As you go through this list, make sure you’re doing all that you can to create a positive work environment for yourself, and as a natural extension, for those around you.  This way, if and when you are ready to leave, you will be approaching the search from a positive frame of mind, and you will be well equipped to bring these techniques with you into your next role.   

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Annie Berger is a Recruiting Manager with J. Johnson Executive Search, Inc. (JJES) who specializes in placing marketing and business development talent into law firms across the U.S.  She can be reached at annie@jjohnsonexecsearch.com.

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