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What criteria do you use to judge when it is time to change jobs?

Written by:  Steve Sanders, VPGM Industrial Division

How do you know when it is time to start a new job search? I often talk with people whochange8 are unsure if now is the right time for a change and they often miss out on good opportunities. Only you can judge if now is the right time and it costs nothing except time to look at a new opportunity. I can tell you that, as a recruiter, I only want someone to change jobs if it is truly a better situation for them and their family.

Clearly, a job change is a personal decision.

To help with that decision, here are some criteria that I think would be helpful for you to evaluate making such a change. It’s called the C.L.A.M.P.S. model and here’s a quick overview:


 People often change jobs because they are not being challenged in their work. No one wants to do the same things every day and people need to feel that their work is meaningful. A new challenge might be something that gets your juices flowing again.


This one is self-explanatory. I often work with people whose job search is driven by a desire to leave or get to a new or former location. Many times I see people who are trying to get closer to family.


I would say this is the most common reason I’ve found for why someone would consider a job change. Many are driven to climb the corporate ladder and change jobs solely to get a promotion or expansion in scope of responsibility.


Another self-explanatory reason. I am wary of those who would change jobs only for the increased compensation. I would say that if this is your primary motivator you should be careful because changing jobs solely for the money can be a path to unhappiness. Making more is great but you could find yourself chasing ever increasing compensation and become a “job hopper” which will impact your future marketability.


Many candidates I work with are unhappy with the people they work for or with. It’s important that you have good chemistry with your manager/peers/subordinates. If you can’t see yourself working with these folks long term then it might be time to kick off a search.


People need to feel like the company they work for has a future. If that future seems shaky then it can be a huge driver for someone to seek other employment. Employers could do a better job of making sure employees know they have a future.

I welcome your feedback, as well as, any questions/concerns that you may have about your career’s trajectory.  I would enjoy expanding upon the C.L.A.M.P.S. model with you as a Career Coach; who knows, perhaps our combined insight will unlock something better for you and your family.  You can find me on LinkedIn.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

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