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When’s the Right Time to Switch Jobs in the Financial Industry?

Author: SNI Content/Tuesday, May 15, 2012/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, Accounting Now

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You Can’t Move Up

If you’re working for a small company or if you simply can’t picture your future with your current employer, it may be time to move on.  While its important to be viewed as a loyal employee, you also need to look out for yourself!

Think about the following: Does your current company offer room for growth? Is there a more prominent and desirable position you can work towards? Are you learning new skills? Are you positively building your portfolio? Are you working on meaningful projects?

There’s a Healthy Job Market

If you’re a recent college graduate, you should have good feel for the financial industry. And if you don’t, learn! Research job openings, talk to professors and consult financial staffing agencies. Is the industry booming? Are your skills marketable? These are all viable questions to ask yourself before quitting your job or looking for another. You’ve heard the saying: Obtaining a job is a full-time job. So be prepared before you take the plunge.

Your Quality of Life is Being Compromised

Not every finance job will be right for you. And sometimes, you may not realize that until you’ve accepted the position. If a position doesn’t fit your personality and you’ve tried to make it work, then it might be time to look elsewhere. Consider the following: Does your job present new challenges that excite you? Does your salary match your means? Are you receiving positive reinforcement? Most important, do the pros outweigh the cons?

The Experts Say You Should

Talk to former bosses, those staffing financial jobs, your Linked In connections and others in the industry whose opinion you trust. A company’s culture can change in the time that you’re there.  So a position that may have seemed ideal when hired, might not be anymore. Midwest financial staffing agencies are there to help. So ask questions, and get a grasp on what viable options are available.

Don’t let your job undermine your true potential. You know what you’re capable of. So ask yourself: Is your work environment fostering those capabilities? It’ll take at least six months to adjust to just about any position, so give it time. Decide if it’s the right fit only after careful consideration.


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