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#CareerCrossroad: The Pros and Cons of Staying at Your Job While Job Hunting

So you plan on looking for a new job, huh?

If you’ve reached the point where you’ve had enough of your current job, you are no longer your happy, productive, and thriving self - then you can definitely say you are at a career crossroads.

Here, there are 3 paths you can choose from. You can a) jump ship aka resign, b) stay the course, remain on the job and hope things get better or c) all of the above. You can definitely play the “best-of-both-worlds” card and remain on the job while on the lookout for a new one. If you need it, Kalibrr has a guide on how to have a fear-free job hunt while you're employed.

Of course, as with everything, this scenario holds its own advantages and disadvantages.  Here is a quick guide weighing the pros and cons of staying at your job while job hunting that you may want to look at before deciding.

For more explanations, read on.


+--------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+ | PROS | CONS | +--------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+ | Having a job makes you much more | If you're at your current job, the | | marketable to a potential employer | most respectful thing to do is to | | | give them at least a month's notice | | | before you go. If you have an | | | integral role there, maybe even | | | more. But some jobs may want you to | | | begin right away. If they aren't | | | able to wait, you'll have to pass up | | | on the offer. | +--------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+ | Your current income and position | It can be risky. What if someone in | | form a reliable safety net to fall | your current company finds out? This | | back on in case of an unsuccessful | may cast you in an unfavorable light | | attempt to switch companies | and make the rest of your stay | | | miserable. | +--------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+ | Having a job gives the employed | Being in the job search process may | | applicant leverage when negotiating | prevent you from giving your utmost | | for a new job | attention and commitment to your | | | present job. Or even vice versa. If | | | you're at your job, you may not be | | | able to say yes to all interviews | | | offered to you. | +--------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+ | Going to interviews while you're at | If you’ve been raring to leave, | | your current job may help you get a | staying at your job may lead to | | clearer comparison of the job you | further dissatisfaction and | | have now and the job you're going | unhappiness. Read: terrible | | for. Does the company culture feel | performance | | different in this new company? What | | | are the differences? | | +--------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+ | Staying at your company for a few | If you're lucky and the job you want | | more months during the job hunt and | is willing to wait until you resign | | knowing you're going to leave | from your job, chances are you only | | eventually will help you look at the | have a month or maybe even two weeks | | company and your work in a | to rest before starting at your new | | friendlier light. That being said, | job. For some people, this may not | | you'll be able to evaluate your stay | be enough time to recharge and ready | | there so far clearly and pinpoint | your mind, heart, and body. | | what other skills you can learn | | | while you're still there. | | +--------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+

Going through this significant phase can open doors to personal discovery and yet-to-be-known highs and lows. Perhaps if you find yourself in this situation, it is best to take a deep breath and write your own pros and cons table. Remember that you have the capability to change your current professional state but that every choice you make will have a trade-off.

Which mindset would you rather have? "Jump and the net will appear" or, “wait-and-see if a net appears before I take the plunge”? Acknowledge what your gut is telling you and you will be able to figure it out.

Do you have more suggestions for our pros and cons list? Let us know in the comments below.