Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now


Have you ever considered a move from your firm? If the answer is no then count yourself very lucky. If you are part of the other 99% who have answered yes then the fact is you WILL move. Maybe not in the next month or two but at some point in the future.

Considering a move of firm means something is missing from your current firm. It may be money or culture or management. In my experience it is very rare for these things to be corrected and in most cases, as time passes, these issues because much much bigger. And as such, that desire to move grows as well.

My advice is always the same when asked what job options are available: what is missing from your current firm? Without know the push factor it is impossible to know what you want. And without knowing your “want” you risk moving to a new firm with the same old issues. And then you become that individual who moves every other year (which is fine for me as a head hunter but probably not the best career move for the individual).

Once you have decided on what is missing from your current firm you must ask whether this is something that can be offered at a new firm. In a lot of cases this is just not possible. If you want to move somewhere with a more open, friendly management then the reality is this probably doesn’t exist. Even if it does when you move, it is guaranteed that management will change in the future.

Once you have decided what you want can be offered at a new firm then the next thing is to partner with a head hunter who can work with you to identify such firms that are able to offer the right platform. In most cases when I work with partners, the first thing I do is have them write me a note with the top three things they need from a firm. I don’t care at that stage about their remuneration or size of book because the key thing is ticking the boxes necessary for this individual to be happy and satisfied in his new role.

Once identified, then the next step is to meet with these firms. A good head hunter will know what these firms offer and whether they are, in principle, right for the individual. In case you don’t know what makes a good head hunter, simply ask them who they have moved, which firms they have moved individual’s to and have a quick scan of their LinkedIn (for the record, I have moved hundreds of partners into firms across every major continent over a ten year period).

The key things to take away from this post:

  1. Work out what you want from a new firm
  2. Commit to a move (life is short – if the problems at your firm are not going to change move straight away)

It really is that simply. Moving firm in theory can be traumatic. In reality it is straight forward, exciting and re-energising.

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