This may be a strange question, but would you have any ideas how to sell a ‘step back’ in your career? I am presently trying to get another job. If you want a new job you are almost obliged to say something like you want a new challenge. To be honest, and I know people will hate me for it, I want less challenge, not more. I would be happy with a few hundred euro less in a less volatile environment. But I can hardly go to a recruiter or manager and say: “I have had it with challenges! I want a boring job that pays well, and after five, I refuse to touch a computer or answer my cell phone!”. I don’t think that will work.
It's all about how you frame it. Here in the US we have an HR term called 'work/life' balance. Mention that you enjoyed the challenge of your last project but it was having negative side effects on your mental health and family. Say that you are looking for a well run project where you can contribute. Ask about the work culture and how staffing/deadlines are planned.
Michael Gomez wrote:It's all about how you frame it. Here in the US we have an HR term called 'work/life' balance. Mention that you enjoyed the challenge of your last project but it was having negative side effects on your mental health and family. Say that you are looking for a well run project where you can contribute. Ask about the work culture and how staffing/deadlines are planned.
Good idea re. "work-life balance", but don't mention "mental health" as a lot of employers are really paranoid about taking on somebody who might end up going on sick leave (or even taking legal action against them) due to work-related stress, depression etc.
Jan de Boer
Joined: Dec 10, 2010
I like what Michael says. And it is exactly my point. When I had my former job I did load of things. I did more sports, I was an athletic coach, I was a volunteer for the first aid, I grew my own vegetables in my garden, I studied Korean to impress the Korean coworkers. (Yes especially the girl coworkers...) Now I just do computers, I am tired, I am getting fat even. I want my life back!! Okay that sounds dramatic, dont take it that way. But you are right too Chris, I dont want an equally stressy job, but then with less pay and programming legacy.
On the other hand, studying very hard to keep up level now, and I am intelligent enough to overcome that 'challenge'.
can't discuss your bad health (or any health stuff). You have to focus on your company, and how you feel you can do a better job (due to health, if you want, but stay on the positive side).
Actually my health is excellent. I mentioned the getting fatter, more in the sense of getting out of shape. I have lost my 'six pack' so to speak. Or how would you say that in English. I have not had a sick day in more than a year. Furthermore I am having a little doubt here. I dont want to sell myself that good, that I trigger expectations I cannot fulfill. At this moment recruiters point me at possibilities to take a 'next step' in my career. But I have it bad enough in my present job, I dont want a job that is even more 'challenging'. I want a secure job I can manage. If I sell myself, I will get that 'new challenge' again. It is a little depressing I must say.