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    When's the right time to switch jobs?

    I've been working at my current company for 2.5-3 years, and I'm considering switching to a similar job at a competing company.

    Reasons I'm considering switching...
    1. My company has had a couple of layoffs, and I wouldn't be surprised if there was another one sometime this year. Even though my engineering area wasn't affected by the first two layoffs, that doesn't mean we will be safe next time.
    2. Aiming for maybe a 20% pay increase. Money isn't everything, but I work so my wife can stay home with our son. Every bit helps.

    I enjoy my current job (coworkers, work, and hours), but I think the new job would be more or less the same in those areas. I guess I'd be leaving beind the reputation I've established at my current company, and I'd be the "new guy" again.

    When/why have you switched jobs in the past?



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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    Switch. IMO, you will make more $ and if you are thinking about leaving, there is a reason, you should.



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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    7 jobs in a lifetime for the average.


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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    do it while your young. im in between jobs right now. ive got no family holding me back, so theres no better time to switch than now. because once you have a family, the longer you wait, the harder switching gets


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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    i've been at my job for 7 months and i AM switching (in an airport in kentucky right now waiting for my connection flight to SC for an interview). Way I see it, companies don't show loyalty to their employees these days, so I will return the favor (unless they change the trend)



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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    When you become bored and "too" comfortable.
    When your boss is horrible.
    Bad working conditions (location, co-workers etc)
    The money is not enough.

    I would say if you fit at least 2 of those then bounce.



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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    I always tell my guys, when you stop learning, it is time to find something new. I have been with my company for 10 years now, and I still learn new things every day. But I am busy trying to climb the corporate ladder right now. I am a unix geek trying to get into senior management, so I have a LOT to learn.


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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    It doesn't hurt to test the waters. I have turned down numerous job offers in my lifetime. Things to consider: is the new job at a higher salary? Is there upward mobility at your current job? Is there a difference in driving distance? How long is the typical work week there? Job changes aren't necessarily a good thing for your resume and the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence. A prospective employer might tell you what you want to hear until you sign on the dotted line; and never trust a recruiter, they just are in it for their 20% cut. Why is there an opening at company X? Did someone quit? Get promoted? Fired? Or is there a new program or possible expansion? Make sure there is a definite need for you there and that there isn't a turnover issue. Do you know anyone who works there? When it comes to layoffs, it sometimes is LIFO, so starting over somewhere else may not be a big difference. But, on the other hand, you can find/negotiate a job offer much easier while you are working than if you aren't...



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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    When your boss calls you into his office on a Thursday afternoon and says "SeattleClone, I mean Jeremy, we're dissolving your group effective April 1st, here are your options."

    Not going to bore you all with the details, I kind of saw it coming although not this soon. It's not a negative reflection on me or my guys at all, just some regional restructuring BINGO!

    I actually have several options of where I can go next in the company, and this could end up working out quite well for me. Just thought it was funny that it happened this afternoon and suddenly here's this thread.



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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ i heard it makes the world go around.



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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    While you shouldn't do anything irrational, you only live this life once. Family and stability are very important to me, but you can't let fear rule your life and you DON'T want to look back and say "I should have taken a chance." (Luckily I learned that lesson in 8th grade basketball.) Ha, I haven't even recieved my first full time offer, I'm still finishing up my degree! So take this with a grain of salt, but I haven't looked back so far.



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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    I've been with the same company for just short of 14 years, and I've seen many, many people come and go. Most of those who have left for greener pastures are no longer there. Of those who have job hopped to try to climb the ladder, none have obtained a higher position than what they could have potentially done, had they stayed. Of course, I do work for a good company, but let's face it, if it was all fun and games, they wouldn't have to pay us to do it.

    I also see people leave because they need a fresh start. I don't get that part. You can create a fresh start at any time. Why wait until you get to that next job to push yourself to the next level of commitment or follow through?



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    Cool Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    You are always worth more to the company that doesn't have you.

    Look around at your current work place. Do you have any co-workers that were hired recently who came in at the same level as you or maybe even 1 level below you? I guaranty they are making MORE money than you.

    Co-workers and the feeling that you have an impact at the company you work have a lot to do with if you are happy or not. So if you think the co-workers are about the same and your work will have equal or more impact to the bottom line in your new job, I say go for it.

    Usually people leave bosses, not the job......just what I've heard...


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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfnb View Post

    Look around at your current work place. Do you have any co-workers that were hired recently who came in at the same level as you or maybe even 1 level below you? I guaranty they are making MORE money than you....
    Yup, hit the nail on the head there; this torques me off a bit.



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    Re: When's the right time to switch jobs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    I've been with the same company for just short of 14 years, and I've seen many, many people come and go. Most of those who have left for greener pastures are no longer there. Of those who have job hopped to try to climb the ladder, none have obtained a higher position than what they could have potentially done, had they stayed. Of course, I do work for a good company, but let's face it, if it was all fun and games, they wouldn't have to pay us to do it.

    I also see people leave because they need a fresh start. I don't get that part. You can create a fresh start at any time. Why wait until you get to that next job to push yourself to the next level of commitment or follow through?

    I agree....I am also at my job just over 14yrs. Only one I've held since graduating ISU. I'm of the opinion that the best way to build wealth and a good retirement is to stay with the same company so long as they treat you fairly. I have several friends who are on their 4th and 5th jobs. I just don't understand all the moving around. If you aren't happy and know your current job is not a good fit for you then I certainly understand, but to move every 2 or 3 years "just because" is pretty silly in my eyes.



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