One of my LinkedIn contacts, Marianna Fichtenholtz, asked me a question on LinkedIn that I’ve thought about for the last week:
If you were a job seeker, how would you answer the following question:
What is your primary motivation to seek new employment?
My first thought was “to make money again.“ When I was a job seeker it was not by choice, and my funds were drying up.
But all week I’ve batted this around, and come up with a few other ideas:
- To make MORE money. Some companies or titles or jobs or career paths or industries might offer me more money if I switch.
- Because I’m done here. An executive might have accomplished what he/she came to do, or in my case, there wasn’t anything more to learn (which was the reason I transitioned out of one of my first jobs). If you’ve reached “the end,” and you’ll know it before you get there, then perhaps it’s time to look.
- To find something more secure. JibberJobber users are pretty savvy – they realize nothing is totally “secure,” but some things can be more secure that what they have now.
- To find something more aligned with your values. Whether your values are aligned with tree huggers, liberals, conservatives, ultra-conservatives… if the company you work for isn’t congruent or tolerant or conducive to your values, you might find it taxing to go to work each day.
- To escape HELL. Been there. Done that. It’s better to move on than stay.
- To do something with a purpose. In one company I did cool stuff but the company wasn’t necessarily doing anything life-changing in the world. I didn’t think I’d care, but when I started JibberJobber and really started affecting individuals lives, WOW, I’m hooked on having a job that has a purpose.
Let me throw this out to you – what is (or has been) YOUR primary motivation to seek new employment?