According to a Forbes article, “The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” But for Millenials, three years is already a long time.
Unlike the work perspective of baby-boomers, Millenials believe that job transitions are a way of promoting one’s self, instead of waiting and relying for someone to promote them. Millenials take it upon themselves to grow, evolve, and gain more experience by exploring different opportunities versus sticking to one job for the rest of their lives.
Some older recruitment managers still stick to the belief that those who stayed on a job for less than three years is not worth hiring. But that old paradigm does not seem to apply any longer in a generation where the environment is keeps changing and shifting at a faster pace than before. As such, there’s that desire to keep learning and keep reaching for long term goals that could be more holistic in nature than specific. (In short, Millenials want to experience as many things as they could in their lifetime.)
More modern companies understand this shift, and they adapt to it. It’s not how long you’ve probably served a company, but rather, how much you have contributed to a company’s growth. The job market is no longer tenure-based but results-based; no longer qualifications-based but competency-based. And this is a boon for Millenial job seekers.
Along with this consideration, job-hopping is never so easy. Many things must be considered before you take a leap. And so, to help you out, here are three plain rules to live out so you can have a smooth and orderly job transition.
Rule #1 Jump ship only when you’re sure
Some people attempt to leave their current job only to find out that there is no new job to transition to. This is an effect of unclear negotiations between the new employer and the transitioning employee. As an effect, the latter ends up jobless, broken, and pressured to find a job as soon as possible to fill in the gap. Sadly, this can jeopardize your career path.
Remember, when you tell your boss or team that you will leave soon, make sure that you have a done deal with your new employer. That’s because you can’t really ask to go back to a job you just left. Chances are, somebody else is already being slated to take the position you vacated the moment you’ve made your announcement. And make sure to leave in good terms. Burning bridges will affect your social network.
That is why you have to be sure when you plan to move jobs. Make it clear with your new employer your last day at work with the previous one, and set a date on when you’ll start your new position. It also won’t hurt to ask for a contract or document assuring you have secured your new position. Remember, if there is no assurance, do not commit. If you are unsure of your case, then consult a career counselor.
Rule #2 Prepare for Turnover
There are two things you need to prepare for when transitioning: an exit document (in the form of a turnover manual or file) and an introductory briefer that will lay down your vision, goals, and expectations in your new job.
Submitting a turnover document is very important for the employer you will leave as it will provide faster onboarding with the employee who will take your place. Spend time talking to the person who will take on your responsibilities and if if he/she wants, engage in a training session as well. This will not only leave a good impression the employer you will leave, but it will also serve as a means to preserve and sustain anything you’ve done to improve the system of the company.
At the same time, it is also important to prepare an introductory briefer that will outline your plans under the new company, sort of like a roadmap if you wish. If you are tasked to manage a team, the importance of this is magnified. An article in the Huffington Post reminds transitioning employees to, “have meetings with your team so your team knows what success looks like to you and what you expect them to achieve, as well as finding out what success looks like to your boss in your first week, month, quarter.”
It’s never an easy endeavor to move from one job to another. In some cases, it may even be detrimental to one’s career. But if done right, job-hopping can open new doors and even perhaps a possibility that you don’t have to stay in one job to stay relevant.
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