For those of you who are connected with me on Twitter or LinkedIn, you already know that I started a new job this week. I’m excited for this new role and all its challenges.
Initially, I was nervous about taking on a new position in the summer. This is supposed to be a relaxing time! Dress codes are more lenient. People are working more flexible schedules and taking more time-off. The consistent sunshine outside and the central air inside just tends to make everyone more happy.
Then a couple of friends who made a summer job change last year gave me another perspective.
- Goals are not set yet. Most companies don’t start planning for the next year until the start of 4th Quarter. Starting a new position gives you a few months to both become acclimated to and fully observe your environment so you can substantially contribute to goal-setting for the upcoming year. That’s far better than walking into a place where all the goals are set and you’re forced to execute someone else’s playbook.
- Vendors take vacations. The last 2 times that I started a job, it was in the fall. I’d barely got my butt in the chair before salesholes were calling or stopping by trying to setup a time to speak with me about some product or service before the year ended. The summer is a time that many vendors regroup, recoup and refocus before the end of year push to generate new leads or close outstanding deals. This gives you time to learn the landscape of your organization so you’ll be ready and know which callers to take and which ones to decline.
- Companies are more flexible with time off. Most employers understand that travel and vacation plans are already setup and unable to be changed during the summer months. They are generally more accepting of this than the time off and travel scheduled around the holidays at the end of the year. You’ll be able to take your time off — and still rock all your breezy summer workplace fashions!
There’s never a bad time to make a job change if you’re unhappy in the place where you are and/or a great opportunity comes your way. Don’t discount a chance at a change for the positive just because the timing isn’t perfect. Stay open to the potential of possibilities and great things will find their way to you in due season. Good luck!