Should I stay or should I go?

This is a question I am frequently asked and more so during what I like to call “The Great Pause”. Candidates who are not satisfied in their current position are reluctant to initiate a job search in this climate. One of the concerns often expressed is, if they were to receive a job offer is it wise to jump into a new position. The old “devil you know” conundrum.

No easy answer to either question although as I have mentioned before it is wise to always keep an eye on the job market and to have an up to date resume just in case you spot something interesting.

However don’t do that to the detriment of your current position. If you are unhappy and unfulfilled maybe spend a little time drilling down on why that is. Be honest with yourself and make sure you are actually putting in the effort. Your job is like any relationship it always needs work. This is a good time to do a deep personal and honest inventory. Not everyone wants to be CEO and that is ok and if your position is rewarding and provides you with the right balance in your life then time to dig in.

Should you stay or go is a different question especially right now. My best advise is that you talk this out with your nearest and dearest to insure everyone is on side, you will need their support. Do your research, deep dive to find out a much as possible about the company and then make your decision. Nothing is totally without risk but if you have done your due diligence you should be comfortable with your decision.