With new government job numbers in and record low unemployment hovering around 3% it’s good to take a look at why people are continue to change jobs. The first question I always ask “why do you want to leave your job.” Inevitably the first response given is money. But no employer is going to pay you for work you are doing with your previous employer. My advice is usually “then go back and ask for a raise.” In fact if you are underpaid and are looking to leave but enjoy where you work, why not ask for a raise during the annual review process? If they value you as an employee they will likely throw a few more bucks at you or at least work with you to try an make you happier so you don’t leave. And if they don’t want to pay you more, then you are in the exact same position of looking for a new job.
As you drill down though, the statistic above holds true, 75% of people do want to leave their job not because of money or the work but because of the person they are working for. This can be for a variety of reasons, whether it be a controlling boss or an abusive boss or even a boss that doesn’t want to give you more responsibilities or train you in something new, the phrase that people don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses holds true.
This is where coaching on an interview is so important, as no one wants to go into an interview and criticize their boss. It comes off as petty and is a huge turn-off for a prospective employer. Most of the time we suggest using “I am looking for more challenging work” or “I’d like to grow to the next level and continue my career advancement.” In reality employers are looking to find employees with a skillset they currently have in order to add value immediately and they really don’t care about your relationship with your previous boss, only that you are a hard worker. And prospective employees just want a change in environment as working for a bad boss can affect your mental health and well being. Either way, one has to read between the lines to ensure the right fit because in a 30-45 minute interview, neither the prospective employer nor the prospective employee will ever really know what they are getting themselves into until they start the new job.