CAREER EXPERT featuring Chris Mead | Issue 82 of HEADHUNT


Dear Chris,

I have been in my role for five and a half years. I no longer feel challenged and can’t see any further opportunities for growth for me with my current employer. I have a good relationship with my manager and they are aware of how I feel about my situation. So when do you know it is time to move on?

Jocelyn Kwee


Dear Jocelyn,

I’m sorry to hear you are unable to advance your career further with your current employer. You’ve been in your role for a solid length of time and you mentioned that you have a good working relationship with your manager, but unfortunately sometimes organizations are unable to provide further opportunities and challenges, even for their highly valued staff. In such cases, you need to look out for your best interests when it comes to your career; if opportunities just don’t exist for you in your current organisation, but you want career advancement, then it’s simply time to move on.

It may help you to know that a lack of new challenges or career advancement is one of the most common reasons that people seek a new role. Others include high stress levels, poor working relationships, a lack of training and development, and salary and benefits. Considering you have been in your current role for a number of years, you bring with you a deep skill set and breadth of experience which will only be appreciated by another organisation. Moving on is a big step, so take your time when choosing your next role. It is important that you don’t rush into it under any false illusions; otherwise you may end up right back where you started. Look for an organisation that will provide the opportunities and career advancement you seek.

A recruiting expert will be able to assist you to develop a game plan for finding your next job by matching the best one for you and your career progression goals. They will be able to advise you on how to achieve your career aspirations in the short, medium and long term. Since you have not been to an interview for a long period of time, they can also provide pre-interview coaching and tips to give you the best chance to secure your next dream role.

As a final piece of advice, when the time comes and you are ready to look for a new challenge, remember to always be professional and resign in a way that ensures you keep your employer relationships positive because you never know what opportunities they may be  able to provide in the future.

Good luck.

Chris Mead
General Manager
HAYS Singapore

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