Reasons to hold on to your job while you look for a new one



No Emma – don’t go! Don’t quit just yet. You’re likely to be in a stronger position to be looking for new opportunities while you are employed. It means you are not desperate – and it shows that someone thinks you are worth paying for.

But here’s where it gets interesting. If what you want to get from a change is to grow your skills and do more interesting innovative work – you have a nice way to discuss that with potential employers. You don’t have to slag off your current spot – in fact never ever do that – but you can infer what your interviewer already believes – that this new opportunity is going to give you a chance to shine that you can’t get where you are now.

So if you can stick it out, don’t quit unless you have some other productive thing to be doing. (This could be a personal project that requires your full attention for example – but that may make a potential employer wonder about your commitment to a job working for others.)

If you are working for a big company – perhaps a major network, tech company or even a big retailer – a behemoth who probably has money to spend and contracts to award – then you may well get the attention of a smaller firm that is doing more innovative work and doing it more nimbly – but who might just love to get the attention of the larger fish in their pond. So in addition to your own wonderfulness, you may implicitly offer them some insight and even access to that big firm where you are currently working. Call them to say you’d like to discuss the future of the sector or the next big thing, they are very likely indeed to take your call. This is about aligning your interests with the other person’s. They want to get a toe inside the megacorp and you want to impress them with your potential. So don’t be shy about using this leverage. Don’t misrepresent what you can do for them, but I bet you can, at the least, help introduce them to the right people.