We asked readers (and our own editors) what advice they hear most often about how to switch job and then talked with two experts to get their perspectives on whether the current wisdom holds up in practice and against research.
1. “Never tell your boss that you’re looking for another position.”
In fact, many companies now have programs that keep the door open in case employees want to return. The idea is that if you’re a valuable employee, the company wants to get as many years as they can out of your career — and those years may not all be in a row.
Not only is there less risk in letting your manager know that you’re looking than there used to be, but there may be great upsides too…
2. “Stay at a job for at least a year or two — moving around too much looks bad on a resume.”
You should avoid jumping around if you can, not because of any potential damage to your future job prospects, but because of the emotional drain.
3. “Don’t quit your job before allowing your current employer to make a counter offer.”
Counteroffers have become much more common especially in industries where there’s talent scarcity or for highly specialized roles…
4. “Never make a lateral move — a new job is your only chance of making a big leap in title and compensation.”
You should focus on finding interesting work rather than worrying about lateral moves.
5. “You should always be looking for your next job.”
“We are fully immersed in what we do, fully absorbed, even losing a sense of time, and we’re able to function at our best.” When you have found this in a job, looking for your next one is unnecessary.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Setting the Record Straight on Switching Jobs – HBR.