I recently spoke to a couple of friends at Microsoft.
They’d all done something that might seem a little crazy.
They resigned from their current positions.
They moved on!
Asks me to wonder …
When is the right time to move on?
Asking this question is important. It’s important to think about moving on. It is important to know three things:
- Where you are today
- Where you wanna be
- What are you ready to get there?
These sound pretty obvious. And you are. You need to have a good sense of where you are. That shows situational awareness. You should have an idea of where you want to be. This can be 100% done by yourself, but it is better to seek advice from some trusted advisors. Finally, you should have a solid understanding of what you are ready to make your next transition.
I’m not suggesting that you are obsessed with your next career move. However, I suggest that you know what to do next.
A plan to move on can involve a very specific path. Some roles and some industries have stages of development. Whether or not your chosen career has a path is not critical. Just be aware of this and be ready to plan it.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
~ Peter Drucker
In the modern world of work, you have to know where you are and where you want to be. This is being driven by both gig economy workers and those working on the traditional career ladder. In modern business workplaces, more and more roles are being created that never existed – formal or informal. Be on the lookout for unfulfilled customer loyalty opportunities. If you can adapt specifically to these unmet needs, you will stand out in your career.
I’m sure we all know people who are amazingly good at picking just the right role, the right company, and at the right time. It’s an art and a skill that, to be honest, involves a bit of luck.
How do you know?
Sometimes it is not 100% up to you to keep going. However, you should always think about what to do next. Whether in your current company, when you start your own thing or change all industries together. Plan ahead and do your best to … know when it is time to move on
Ultimately, you should do what you came to do. Whether it’s a personal commitment to a handshake or a more formal two-year education.
If you keep going …
This may seem a little too “New Age” oriented, but I believe people and companies will pay more attention to how you left your last job than to the WHY. In these cases, it’s just as much about leaving the job, the program, the exertion, and even the earth … a little better than when you arrived. That said, leave things better than they did when you arrived. If you can do this consistently, you will get noticed in your career.
One way to think about it is to Never burn a bridge
Make the move
There are a few things you can do to make it easier to move on.
One of the most important things to consider when transitioning is that everything you do follows you. It becomes part of your legacy and something that precedes you. It is important to keep this last point in mind. You may be very interested in a new job or getting a new client, but one important point to keep in mind is that you may not have an opportunity to tell your story. People will ask about you. It is your job to make sure the story that precedes you is the one you want.