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Author: Lavie Margolin, Career Coach

Should a person stay at one company or switch jobs when new opportunities arise? Deciding when to switch jobs can truly be the million dollar question. This of course could depend on where you are and what opportunities are available. If you work in a midsize company, your path to slow growth might lead to limited returns as opposed to switching to a larger company, where the opportunity to grow is bigger. Perhaps the midsize company today can be the industry leader tomorrow. Of course, your career can stall for any number of reasons and progression can slow to a crawl or even stop. Ones career is a journey without absolute knowledge of what lies ahead. The best we can do is equip ourselves with as much knowledge and experience as possible to be able to seize and search out the right opportunities when they become available.

Focus on both your short term and long term goals. If an opportunity comes up at the company you would like to work but not in that role, give it some consideration. While taking a position at a company in a divergent department might seem to take you off on an unwanted path, it actually might help you in the long run. You are able to meet difference makers in the company, learn the corporate culture and be an internal candidate when the right opportunity presents itself.

About the Author: Lavie Margolin is a New York-based Career Coach and the author of Lion Cub Job Search: Practical Job Search Assistance for Practical Job Seekers. To learn more, go to Lavie’s website, Lion Cub Job Search:www.Lioncubjobsearch.com