As January comes to a close, a lot of people are reassessing their careers. You hear the New Year, New You, or New Year, New Job, motto everywhere. So, now you are considering the motto for yourself. Is it time to leave your job, or should you stay put? That is a hard question to answer, and depends on a variety of factors including the job market in Silicon Valley.
“Do not get complacent. In fact, make time to regularly check in with yourself about your career happiness and goals and consider whether it might be time to make that next move.” We spend 40 hours or more at our jobs, we should often be evaluating our situation, and making sure we are on the right path. Review your accomplishments and check market conditions to confirm you are getting what you are worth.
Are you unhappy in your job? In what area do you want to bring about change? Is it your salary? Learning and development that has come to halt? A lack of upward mobility? A company should support your development and challenge you to learn new skills and take on new tasks. If any or all of these ring true, it may be time to start searching.
After you have realized what your motivators for leaving are, I encourage you to talk to your boss about the issues. Have you made a case for a raise? If you walk into your boss’s office with no idea what the market rate for your position is or how a pay bump will affect the company you don’t have much of a chance in coming out on top. Your boss might not be aware of the market rate either, but they will likely be more willing to listen if you do. Have you asked for a new project, or about going to a conference? Talk to your boss, ask for the change you would like to occur. If you do get it, you can move forward feeling happier with your job. If not, at least you have done everything you could and will feel confident about moving on.
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