When On-Site Policy Causes Increased “Looking Around”

A friend of mine’s wife is a lawyer who works at a major university reviewing contracts. She figured she would likely finish her career working in that job.

In the meantime, she and her husband got a house in Arizona. It wasn’t a problem with her job because she hadn’t gone into the office in a long time – until she got a new boss. The new boss said, “You know what? I think I’d like to start seeing our people here in person twice a week.”

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The lawyer approached the organization and said, “Look, I can come in for a week or months during the winter, but I cannot be here twice a week because my husband and I will be remote.” Her managers asked her to make her case. So she wrote up an explanation and while she was making her case, a new job opened up that was a level above her. Inspired to apply for this promotion, she updated her resume.

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End of story? Not quite.

As long as she was updating her resume, she decided to do some interviews. Those interviews opened her eyes to opportunities that were even greater than the one she considered applying for.

Ultimately, she accepted a job at another major university on the west coast, stepping into a fantastic new role. She has the lifestyle she wants with her husband, greater flexibility to work from their home in Arizona and has reached the next level in her career on her terms. 

The moral of the story is this: You may be in a role that you’re currently very content and happy with, but it doesn’t take a lot for that world to be altered suddenly. With one change to a manager, a policy or a few key team members leaving, you may begin to wonder what other possibilities exist for you in the job marketplace. The process accelerates from passively “looking around” into a more active search once you meet with Roy Talman & Associates.

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