A senior professional moves to a new firm and within a month’s time is frustrated by a long list of issues that she did not anticipate: work culture, matrix reporting, long & erratic hours, dictatorial CEO…
Brought in with a growth vision, she is directly reporting in to the Chief Executive Officer. The hiring procedure was thorough and her decision was well thought out. Yet she regrets her decision now. As her career feels like it’s heading for another round of turmoil, she contemplates quitting the new, financially satisfying job and going into overdrive (again!) in the job market.
When you have moved to a new job after months of careful consideration, it can be unnerving to think that you made a mistake, but moving back into the job market is not the only solution or the right solution.
“Every situation, no matter how unsatisfactory, has its pros and cons,” says Shalini Verma, an Executive Coach, certified by the International Coaches Federation. “Before you jump out of the pan, know that there is fire outside. Weigh all possibilities enough beforehand. If your last move was wrong; don’t rush your next move,” she points out.
Give change a chance
A hurried exit has plenty of deterrents: if you take the plunge and resign without another job in hand, it could reflect poorly on your resume, hampering future possibilities. If you choose not to mention this latest work experience in your resume, you would have a sabbatical to explain away, as there can be a long-ish break before you take on a new job. The option is no better: you might find yourself rushing to settle for a job with a lower pay package or designation, or worse landing another less than perfect role.
In short, she says a transition at a senior level comes with its share of adjustment, but surviving the churn stage can be tremendously rewarding in the long run. She shares the case of a professional, who when facing a similar situation was eager to put in his papers. Verma asked him to answer three questions:
- What would happen if you take a call and leave?
His answer: I’m not sure, but at least I’ll have peace of mind.
- What would happen if you stick around?
His answer: I’ll face humiliation and frustration day after day, which would further block my performance and growth.
- What would happen if you stick around and something better comes your way in this very organisation?
His answer: (pause)
Verma believes that there is a tendency to underestimate the upside as one makes a change at a senior level and often a withdrawal to a previous comfort zone. Her advice is to ask yourself the three questions and to choose challenge and risk every time!