Ep. 607 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to review what happened at your previous job before you set out on a job search.
Today, let's talk about the decision to change jobs yet again.
Many of you make the decision to change jobs in a pique of anger. It is the final straw; it has been building up for a while. You've been working on something and something that management does just sets you off. Maybe you have been laid off and you worked in a job that you didn't really care for
Whatever the circumstances are, before you dive headlong into a job search, it's really useful to take the time to figure out what went wrong. What was it right about the situation? Often, people going to the next job with this romantic notion of what it is going to be like and they haven't really investigated thoroughly what the new environment is like, what the people are like, what the work is going to be like… They have asked some basic questions but they don't really have the depth of knowledge of the new situation because they never really taken the time to review the old one.
It is critically important for you to review whether or not the problems of the old one were of your making or management's making. And, in taking the time to review, it also gives you the opportunity to ask yourself "Is this the worker really wanted to do?"
You see, a lot of people go through the same hamster wheel of job changes, looking for the perfect place to do the work that they don't really like. But, it's a job, and they feel compelled to do it. Take the time to ask yourself, "Is it them or is it the work or is it me?"
At the end of the day, unless you figure out whether the issue is 1 of those 3 or some hybrid, and you keep doing the same things again and again, you're going to wind up getting the same results again and again.
So, take the time to do what I call a postmortem. Review what your past job was like, or your current job was like and whether it is the kind of work you like doing and you can thrive it doing. Otherwise, life is a way of showing you that it ends more quickly than we like and live the life that is very dissatisfied.
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