En Route: A Career Blog

What to Expect When You Are Expecting

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: July 23, 2013 at 7:59 am

Hopefully, I got your attention with this headline! Many women will recognize this book title that has been a best seller for many years for pregnant women.

Since many of our ResumeEdge readers are employed while looking for that next job, what should you expect of yourself as you expect to soon be employed in a new position at a new company?

Here are five ideas that serve as helpful reminders of how to best show up in the job that you are planning to leave:

1. Finish Strong

As I write this brief post and am myself in the midst of a job change, my college-age son reminded me “Don’t get senioritis on the job, Dad”. How many of us downshift when we know we are going to be leaving a job? As professionals with our own integrity to consider, we know that we should be giving our best to the job regardless of our employment status. Shortening our hours, decreasing our efforts, letting off the gas can ultimately leave our current employers with bad feelings. We may need a reference from the company where we’re currently employed. We want our legacy to be a positive one.

2. Keep Learning

As we search for new employment, it doesn’t mean that our learning journey needs to end. Learning a new skill or gaining a new certification can keep us engaged in a job that may not be very engaging. It can also prepare us for the next position that we are seeking to obtain. To set yourself apart from others who are applying for the position you want, learning can be the differentiator.

3. Don’t Go Pyro

Burning bridges can be a seductive temptation, but don’t give in. The world and the communities that we work in are smaller than we think. Granted, you may be looking forward to getting away from a few work colleagues who are a drain, but burnt bridges don’t serve anyone well. Take the high road. I have run across many a qualified, credentialed, accomplished professional who exited poorly and it stayed with them (and their colleagues) for the rest of their careers.

4. Understand Transitions

Leaving a job can be an emotional experience. We build relationships that we invest in during our tenure with our current employer. We leave the world of known for one of unknown—fear can be a powerful emotion during this time. What are your intentions for your work relationships? Do you plan to continue them after you leave? Check out William Bridges’ model about transitions being the emotional side of making a change. Don’t kid yourself that there won’t be emotions—we all have them, whether or not we acknowledge them. I encourage you to be mindful of what is going on inside. Another great resource is Dr. Henry Cloud’s Necessary Endings.

5. Move to, Rather Than Run From

So many professionals are intent on leaving a job rather than searching for a new position that excites and challenges them. They tell themselves that they can’t take it anymore, that they will never be recognized, or that they will always be overlooked for that next promotion. While any or all of these may be true, do yourself a favor and move to your next position rather than from your last one. No hiring manager wants to hire a quitter–they could believe that you will do the same thing to them.

Here’s to your success in your current job as you launch into the next best thing in your career!

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  • Lisa Lutterman

    I think this is a great post. It is important to remember that even though you are going to a new job, you may leave that one someday and need a reference from the current job. It is a good idea to leave any job with a great recommendation and not have any negativity around it.