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How to change jobs

 
#1 How to change jobs
03/04/2007 13:26

Mr Nervous

Please list the steps I should follow in order to change jobs.

I don't want to burn any bridges and am a highly risk-averse individual, however I do need to move forward.

I am frightened of how my co-workers will react when I tell them I'm leaving, maybe my boss will be angry or upset and give me a mediocre reference, what if I don't like the new job, how do I handle the 'confrontation' of it all, how do I make sure I settle in with the new one, etc. Where do I start with all these difficult decisions? Thank you.

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#2 RE: How to change jobs
03/04/2007 13:46

anon to Mr Nervous (#1)

Hey Mr. Nervous, you really are, hey? I'm not an experienced person in terms of moving jobs but my advice first off is to think positively about it all! Presumably you're changing jobs because you are looking for something more challenging or different. Sounds like a great idea. If that is genuine, I don't think any employer would think badly of you, they'll probably just be sad to see you go.. (And by the way, I don't think there's much incentive for giving bad references, so don't worry about that too much.)

I think any move will be a lot easier if it makes sense for you both professionally and on a personal level, so take time to find the right job. Make sure that you meet as many of the people you will be working with first and get a really good idea of what it is you'll be doing (preferably from someone with no vested interest in giving a biased opinion.) That should minimise your "what if" scenarios.

Good luck!

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#3 RE: How to change jobs
03/04/2007 16:29

reference to anon (#2)

A reference isn't a personal recommendation from a previous employer. They wouldn't do that incase you turned out to be rubbish. references are usually factual and issued from HR. They normal include the period you worked at your company from and to and any disciplinary action they may have taken. They stay well clear of opinion.

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