/ Asked by Niove
How do you know when it is time to look for a new employer? I'm perfectly comfortable at my job, but I don't see a lot of room for upward mobility and I don't find it particularly challenging anymore. Is it time to jump ship?
Answered by Rodd, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
i think it is very important to understand the potential career opportunities within your own company. It's a great idea to continue to keep your supervisor informed of your career aspirations, and what's needed to get to the next level.
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, September 20, 2013
Good question- I think you need to evaluate all of your options. In addition to talking with your manager about your interests and available opportunities within your company, I would also recommend talking with your HR contact and a mentor if you have one there. These contacts can help ensure that you know about all of the available opportunities that your company offers, as well as any trainings, certifications, etc. that you can pursue in order to help you continue to grow in your career there. At the same time, you can always explore what other opportunities might be available externally, but if you are happy with your employer as a whole I think you want to ensure that you’ve vetted all of your options internally.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 20, 2013
I would advise any employee that it is healthy to always be thinking about your next role, be it within your current company or outside.  The first thing to consider is networking.  Research and put together a plan of what individuals have knowledge or influence in the areas in which you have interest.  LinkedIn and other social media tools can be very helpful with this.  Once you have a plan together, connect with those identified both electronically and through telephone contact and see if they are willing schedule an informational interview with you.  This is the first step in building your network and once you have a strong network in place, they can help guide you career decisions.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, October 31, 2013
If you are concerned you don’t see a lot of room for upward mobility at your current job, I think the first step would be to have a conversation with your manager or other colleagues within the company that can talk about career steps you can take to get ahead. However, if there truly isn’t room for upward mobility, I think it is okay to start looking at other opportunities that will challenge you more in your career. A helpful step would be thinking about where you are currently in your career and where you want to be in 5 years, 10 years, etc. This will help give you a clearer path of where you think you need to be career-wise and this will allow you to make a more informed decision if you need to leave the company. Good luck with your decision!
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