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Your boss might be a tyrant, your pay rise might fall through or your colleague might excel in warming the seat and taking credit for your work. There are many reasons to leave your workplace, regardless of how long you’ve been there – and many are already doing so in Hong Kong, where job stability is not valued because of high employment rates, and job changes are seen as a norm, according to a report referenced on HR Magazine.
Job-hopping is more common than ever, and many in the marketing, digital and creative industries are leaving without clearly understanding their reasons – be it running away from a nightmarish client or being enticed by a slightly bigger pay cheque. Whilst leaving a stressful and unenjoyable role may seem the only possible option at the time, making the quick leap after a short stint can be a bad career decision in the long run. Think about what this job switch will say about you on your CV. What do you do when the going gets tough? Are you a loyal employee worth investing in?
Here are some considerations for everyone before calling it quits.
You leave your projects hanging
Be it PR, advertising, design or another role in the creative industry, campaigns you’re involved in often take several months – even years – to come to fruition, as you work through the planning, execution and results analysis phases.
We all know there’s never really a “good time to quit” – everyone has ongoing projects and responsibilities – but when you leave before entire campaigns are rolled out, you miss out on seeing the value of your good work and its contribution to the bigger brand picture. You won’t be there for learning opportunities in different stages of the campaign, such as making sense of results and tweaking future campaigns, or planning larger brand refreshes post-campaigns.
You slow your professional growth
Leaving before you have mastered a new skill or completed a projected will deprive you of future career growth, which could result in a much bigger promotion or pay increase next time around.
Remember we often pick up valuable skills working in tough working environments, as horrible as the experience might seem at the time. Your attitude going into each challenge plays an important role in determining the outcomes. Think of the experience as “paid learning”. In difficult or even boring roles, you could pick up soft skills such as the ability to work with unhelpful teammates or rude bosses, building your leadership and negotiation skills, which you can carry into future roles.
You are less marketable
A resume showing many short stints in roles, otherwise known as job-hopping, is an instant red flag to recruiters and hiring managers. Each one of your professional roles count. Recruiters and hiring managers pay attention to those who can’t stay in positions for a dedicated period of time. In comparison to an equally qualified candidate who has stayed in their job for a respectable tenure, you’ll find yourself at a greater disadvantage – it indicates you’re not willing to go the distance for an organisation. It takes time, money and energy to train a new staff member, and if a hiring manager thinks you are just going to leave if you have a bad day, they are unlikely to want to invest in you.
There are many reasons to leave your workplace in search for greener pastures, but impulsive decisions might end up harming your career in the long run. Have a long hard think about what’s on the line, and see what you can rectify in your current position before you send off resumes barely a few months into your job – make the most of your time wherever you might be!
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Guest post written by Jacqui Barratt: A 20-year veteran of HR and talent management, Jacqui is an advisor and solution provider who believes the best recipe for a company’s success is the talent they hire and retain. She is the director of font, a regional recruitment company specialising in the marketing, digital and creative industries, with offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand. Jacqui also serves as a Fellow and a Board Director for the Recruitment Consulting Services Association in Australia and New Zealand, a Trans-Tasman industry body representing an $18 billion dollar industry.