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Don’t be so quick to quit

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Thinking about exiting your company? Conventional wisdom holds that employees leave managers, not companies. But recent LinkedIn surveys reveal deeper truths. People do leave companies, particularly when they are seeking career advancement. Research respondents revealed the top reason they left their job was to seek greater advancement opportunities. A better immediate supervisor didn’t even make the top five reasons (though “better leadership from senior management” was number two on the list).

If you can perform your job with your eyes closed, perhaps it is time to open your eyes to new opportunities. Yet before leaving, explore the option to climb the corporate ladder at your current company. Here’s why. While more than two-thirds of human resource managers surveyed said employees were aware of in-house retention and promotion options, only 25% of departing employees said they knew of them. Clearly there’s a disconnect.

One of your best moves? Get away from your desk, have coffee with co-workers, show up for off-site admin meetings, attend department birthday celebrations or after-work happy hours with colleagues. These casual networking opportunities can be invaluable.

According to a Washington Post article, one study found that two-thirds of those who changed jobs within their current company learned of the opening through in­­formal chats with co-workers. Also, consider attending events within other departments.

Larger companies often an­­nounce job openings through online re­­sources, company job boards and newsletters.

Yet at smaller firms, you may need to ask HR directly. You can use the LinkedIn data as a springboard, saying, “I’ve just learned through a LinkedIn survey that many workers are unaware of their company’s in-house retention and promotion programs. Knowing this, I’d like to revisit possible ad­­vance­­ment opportunities.”

It also pays to be aware of the skill-building strategies required to continue to grow to the next level. Get on LinkedIn, join a group and ask other admins for insight into their companies’ practices.

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