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September 21, 2005


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What do you think when is the best time to move on and start looking for another job? Lisa Haneberg over Management Craft has an article on the same topic. She suggested there are five signals when need to move on: You do not feel like you are g... [Read More]


Great post. I have always left my jobs on the top of the wave - after a major milestone has be achieved or something amazing has been done. My feeling is that you are sure to have a graceful exit and are feeling high about what you have accomplished and contributed!

I had the same dilemma a year ago, so I gave my two weeks and never looked back. It wasn't easy, as I had nothing to fall back on, but the piece of mind I got from leaving was well worth it. I grew tired of career stagnation and my job leads went stale, but I quit anyway.

Eight months later I landed a job that offered a lot of promise... they were looking for a mid-level candidate to fill the position, and I didn't have to lower my salary expecations to get it. I'm content for now, but anything can happen. In the meantime, I'm working as hard as I can without the secondary attachments.

I think many people realize that what will flip their trigger is self-employment or taking their career in a whole new direction. Most people wait too long to begin creating new options.

I am single person
I started a good job with a good company 5 months ago located in the Upper Valley of New England. I enjoy my job but at the same I worry about my personal life and I am not 30 years old anymore.

How lond do i have to remain in this job to move on to another job in a city?
And, what kind of excuse should I give in an interview, like "Why are you quitting your job located in the upper Valley?

Thanks for your cooperation and adivise.

Tell them the reason you are looking for a new opportunity is to live closer to the city. It is best to stay at a job at least 2 years, but keep an eye out for the perfect job and there is nothing saying you can't apply before then. Good luck!

I just started a new job about 3 months ago. But now, I wanted to quit and begin searching for an other new job. There

are main two reasons:
1/ My leader is a Senior programmer but his knowledge in technologies and design is not as good as I am.
I think he should be at mid-level. This will not allow me freely to apply the skills and techniques that I have learned in

past 5 years to do the job, and get the job well done in the right ways.

If I use the advance techniques, he would not understand my works. If he doesn't understand my works, he won't let

me do it. Tha'ts is why I am feeling that there's not much room for me to grow, develop my skills, and learn new things

in this company.

My manager is a good manager. He's good in staff management but not in technologies, design, and programming.

That's why he totally rely upon senior programmer.

2/ I got a off-track written warning letter in my first month.
I used advance techniques in my coding. Senior programmer is not at the level that can understand my code. He

email to manager and said I broke the architecture and the framework. And manager gave me a written warning. I did

tried to explain that this is nothing to do with architecture. This is programming technique. But it doesn't matter what I

said because he believes more in senior programmer than me. So I feel that I better get out the here before they fire


My question is if I get a new job next week or month. What and how to talk to my boss that will not make him mad

because I just been here for about 3 months?

Thank you very much for your advise.


This is an excellent topic. I am presently in that situation. I was recently hired as a temp for a city and they have asked me to apply. But, I have been doing this work all of my life. In addition, I took the job because I needed some extra capital. I am starting an online travel business.

I need help. I graduated college in May, and I am now a proofreader for a disability management company. I've only been at the company for 5 months, so I suppose if I left it would appear that it's not for the right reason. Can anyone give me some advice?

-There are 10 people in my company. Furthermore, I understand that in order to succeed you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. However, don't aspire to be in any of their positions. I do not feel there are any advancement opportunities.

-Like everyone else, my boss is a total d-bag. He is extremely demeaning, and I feel like he doesn't practice what he preaches: positive psychology.

-I love learning, and I would like to go back to school to get an MLIS and be a librarian. My job does not offer tuition reimbursement.

Am I being completely unrealistic? Please give me some honest feedback.

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