Myth Busting 5 Common Pieces of Advice About Switching Jobs | The Harvard Business Review Guide 2022

August 12, 2022



Should you always be looking for another job, never make a lateral move, or be sure to stay at a job for two years? There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there. HBR’s Amy Gallo helps you sort the myths from the facts.

00:00 So in today’s work world, what should you do when it comes to switching jobs?
00:36 Fact or myth: You should always be looking for your next job.
02:20 Fact or myth: You should stay at your job for at least two years.
03:42 Fact or myth: You should never leave your job until the next one is lined up.
05:07 Fact or myth: You should never make a lateral move.
06:06 Fact or myth: You shouldn’t quit your job until your employer makes a counteroffer.
07:14 OK, let’s review!

The advice in this Harvard Business Review Guide comes from these articles:
https://hbr.org/2015/07/setting-the-record-straight-on-switching-jobs
https://hbr.org/2022/05/switching-jobs-heres-how-to-make-sure-you-wont-regret-it
https://hbr.org/2021/08/the-3-phases-of-making-a-major-life-change
https://hbr.org/2010/07/managing-yourself-job-hopping-to-the-top-and-other-career-fallacies
https://hbr.org/2017/06/when-you-should-quit-your-job-without-having-another-one-lined-up
https://hbr.org/2021/08/how-to-quit-your-job-an-hbr-guide

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19 Comments
  1. Lol who says you should make a lateral move? It’s one of the best ways to develop yourself and learn new skills. Even a step down in pay for a short time to gain a specific skilll set it a great move .

  2. Framing Effect: 4 out of 5 people who switched jobs did not regret it.

  3. People who are complaining that their income is low or they deserve higher salary, they should create more value in the market. Update yourself with high income skills to be able to create more value into the market place to be paid well. a fellow creator.,.,.,

  4. Many people are working from home now, that the likelyhood of that factor is growing. But, the people who cannot work from home envy the people who do in most cases. There so many benefits to working from home, besides saving money, that are not factored in when one commutes to work. There is a real rub here that's not going away anytime soon.

  5. Human resources are the most hated humans in any given corporation, country, industry or anywhere. The whole franchise is based on industrial era mindset.

  6. Lateral moves are also good if you're going from a shitty boss/team to a much better one.

  7. This was the best distillation of true advice about switching jobs. Thank you.

  8. Great video! Thanks for sharing these insights.

  9. We must be a visionary

  10. depends on your situation and how you feel about what you have now!

  11. Reply
    Thomas To, the Taichi Guy August 12, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Personal advice: gather as much intel as you can (legally and morally) about the organisation and team you are planning to join. Does the culture suit your core values? Most importantly, find out what you can about your potential future boss, whom will no doubt play a big part in your life should you make the move. Seek opinions from those that don’t need to say only nice things about them, preferably with supporting information of their past actions and behaviours.

  12. Reply
    Rishab Gangopadhyay August 12, 2022 at 8:28 am

    None of the advice in the first segment is conflicting though. Maybe the priorities need to be aligned but generally it’s true, you should stay in a job for at least 2 years, you can simultaneously be aware of your value in the market, you should also still not quit a job without one lined up, and this could all be a moot point if your current employer is abusive or not supporting your career or personal needs.

  13. good video! I will say that one or two short stints won't hurt a resume, but a history of short stints surely will.

  14. Thanks for sharing this video .

  15. Here is the thing: Everyone has different career goals. Ask yourself, what is your dream job and what are the requirements? Maybe instead of quitting your current job, maybe you need another credential or you need to apply internally to another one that may be closer to your dream.

  16. The grass is always greener on the other side… Focus on creating marginal value and find a employer that values your contributions and you can grow with.

  17. Really good advice, thank you.

  18. Reply
    Abdulrahman Alwadhakhi August 12, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Life is too short to stick to your job if you dislike it

  19. Go wherever the money is at

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