After being handpicked to be hired by the CEO of [my organization], I've been with them for about 9 months. While it's a great work environment, I think that I want to move on from local to international non-profit development. I found a position that fits my exact interests, so I applied for it and it looks promising.
What are your thoughts on leaving a job in under a year? How would I tell my boss without her being offended? I want to tread carefully and not ruin the relationship we have. Any advice on how to navigate the awkwardness?
B in Chicago, IL
I'm not sure of your age, but frequently exploring new careers paths or "job hopping" can be very common for young professionals under 35. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that you will average 11 jobs/careers by the time you're 32. And while it may have once been seen as the kiss of death during the resume screening process, career changers can also be very desirable candidates if they manage their changes strategically.
You are responsible for taking a proactive approach to your professional growth and you should always be in a constant state of progression at this stage in your career. Before making a decision to leave an employer, ask yourself if you've made a significant impact/contribution while you were there that would make yourself marketable to prospective employers as well as have your current employer feel like you've yet to live up to why they hired you. This will allow you to build a strong network which when paired with significant and measurable accomplishments makes you the bee's knees.
Something to consider - does your current employer have an international branch or sect that you could tap into? Perhaps you could suggest a department or location transfer which will still allow you the opportunity to get the global experience that you're seeking without leaving a company that you admittedly like. If there is no room for internal movement, use this during your discussions with your boss when you're leaving.
Finally, should you get the job, be sure to write a stellar resignation letter that will help your boss understand your career aspirations. Show her that you're appreciative of the personal and professional growth that your position has afforded you, you do not want to pass up this excellent opportunity. Close the letter with an open invitation to do business again in the future and this should keep you from burning any bridges.
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