Making the switch

I like the company I work for, but I'm tired of my position. Should I leave?

“Leaving should always be your last option,” says John Black, president of J. Ivan & Associates, an executive search firm in Nashville, Tennessee. Evaluate whether you have other talents that can be used in another area of the company.

Schedule a confidential meeting with your human resources director. Make it clear that although you have enjoyed working in your department, you would like the opportunity to explore another area. Be prepared to let him or her know what strengths and new ideas you can bring to the department in which you want to work. Find out if there are any openings and how you should go about applying for them.

If-and only if-you have a good relationship with your boss, you may meet with him or her next. While you should be honest and up-front, don’t forget to maintain a pleasant professionalism. Your manager may be instrumental in helping you land the other position. To keep office gossip to a minimum, wait to share the news of your move with other co-workers until you know it’s definite.

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