Leaving a Company
Whether from being fired or from quitting, employee turnover is an inevitable part of startup life. The frequent change in company strategy is not only existent, but encouraged until product-market fit and growth strategies are achieved. Company funding elements also play a major role. Therefore, being fired or having to quit is something worth accepting as a reality, and it is worth being informed of best practices to make these difficult transitions as frictionless as possible for you and your career.
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There’s one question to ask yourself periodically, especially when considering a new assignment over an external opportunity, and that question is: Imagine you were at a different job you loved and a recruiter from [Google/ Apple/ Facebook] called you to offer you your current job at [Google/ Apple/ Facebook], would you chase it? Or in other words, would you re-apply today for the job you currently have? If you answer “no, I wouldn’t fight hard for the job I have” then you owe it to yourself to find something that you can be excited about.
Careers are sets of decisions where you have the chance to emerge from the chrysalis every so often and show the world, show yourself, how you’ve evolved. You are not your org chart, your department budget, or your title. Don’t let success at a company prevent you from pursuing scary and wonderful new opportunities to build. It took me a little longer than it should have, but from the other side, it’s pretty awesome.
Sometimes long-term gains come from not making short-term moves that seemingly improve your bottom line and career trajectory. Make sure that you understand the pro’s / con’s for yourself and at least consider whether there might be longer-term implications for sticking around. There is huge value of personal networks in determining your long-term career trajectory. Mix that into your decision-making pot at the time you make the leap.
This post explains job hopping, and answers: Should you be loyal to a company that treats you poorly? What if I decide I want to change industries, locations or job functions? What if I was laid off 2-3 times? Is it a problem if you moved jobs a few times when you were young? What if I DID have too many jobs? What can I do about it now?
What can you do if you think you have too many transitions in your career? - All is not lost. Renounce your past sins. Grab a seat at your current employer and prove you can stay committed. Or if you need that next job here is some advice.