3 Questions To Ask When Considering Leaving A Long-Term Job


There comes a point in every long-term job where you begin to feel it’s time to move on. In some cases, these thoughts arise as a result of a sudden change; perhaps your hours are altered, or you dislike your boss. In others, the desire to do something different is more gradual, a mounting sense that it may be time to say goodbye.

Whether you’re suddenly contemplating a move or have been considering it for a while, leaving a job is never easy – even if you’re 100% sure it’s the right thing to do. There’s a certain comfort to a long-term position; you know your co-workers well, you’re happy with your commute, and you know how the organization operates. Even if you’ve decided you want out, it can still be tough to cut the cord once and for all.

In order to lessen the nervousness you will – understandably – feel when contemplating starting a new job search in order to leave your existing role, preparation is vital. By ensuring you have, to borrow a common saying, all your ducks in a row before leaving, you can be sure that your next move will be as beneficial as you hope.

What sort of change are you hoping to achieve?

Many people find that they don’t necessarily want a new job altogether; they would be quite happy doing the same work, but are just in need of a change of environment.

However, if you’re hoping a new job can move you forward in your career, it’s worth looking to earn a qualification that can help to facilitate this before you start looking for new jobs. The type of qualification you pursue will depend on your desired advancement; you could look for a niche qualification specific to your particular business industry, or consider the likes of an AACSB accredited online MBA that will provide a deeper understanding of how all types of businesses function. Either option works well, so go with whatever suits your specific goals.

How does your resume look to prospective employers?

If you have been in your current role for a number of years, your resume is likely out of date, so you’ll need to spend a little time ensuring all the information is up-to-date and rewriting your summary statement. You’ll then need to tweak your resume depending on the roles you apply for, of course, but it’s good to have a robust and relevant template to work off each time.

Should you tell your current employer you’re intending to leave?

Before you start your job hunt, you’ll need to decide whether or not to inform your existing employer that you are hoping to leave in future. Many people prefer not to do this for fear their employer will be annoyed, but it could be worth considering; there’s a chance your employer may offer you a move within the company in order to tempt you to stay. The decision is, of course, yours, but if it’s just your existing role – and not the company itself – that you want to move on from, it could be worth quickly outlining your intentions to your employer and seeing what they say in response.

In conclusion

By considering the three questions above – and whatever action may be necessary as a result – you can start your job hunt, and look forward to a brighter, happier future in a new role.