“Should I consider working for a direct competitor?”
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
competitor has asked me to consider interviewing for a job that would be a step
up. How do I explore this opportunity without adversely affecting my current
Before we can even begin discussing this, I
need to ask you a few questions:
- Do you have a personal plan for success at your
- Do you know how the organization sees you on
the succession plan?
- Do you know why your eyes are roaming?
Get really clear about what you are doing and why
you are doing it. Then, if you still want to entertain the idea of a move — and you are not legally bound by a non-compete clause — there is nothing wrong with having exploratory conversations. In fact, if you
are a really good employee (and I mean really good, as in "a star”), you can
use this to gently remind your current organization that you want to advance
Simply talking about how the skilled labor
shortage is causing head hunters to be more aggressive than ever is a gentle
way of reminding your boss that the market sees you as valuable. As a result,
your boss (if he or she is smart) will read between the lines and catch a
One last point that is important to remember:
Don't ever move for a "position” or for money. Move for the culture and the
leader you will be working for. If the culture and the leader are messed up —
no matter how big the "step up" will be — you’ll be miserable.
Trudy Bourgeois is happy to answer your career
questions. Please email them to NEW Communications & Engagement Manager Barbara Grondin Francella.
Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of The Center for
Workforce Excellence and NEW Executive Leaders Forum conference
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