In 2015 I did one of the scariest things I have ever done – I quit my job.
I had worked for the same company for 11 years. All of my major life events happened while working there – marriage, house, kids. I made wonderful friends and I learned a lot, but it was time to move on. In retrospect, this change gave me valuable perspective as a recruiter.
Throughout my career, I have helped hundreds of lawyers make a career change. I tell them to look out for their own career paths – to keep an eye on the market and go after the jobs they want. But when the due diligence is done, changing jobs always requires a final leap of faith. You have to trust your gut and go for it.
Easier said than done.
There’s a reason changing jobs ranks in the top 10 most stressful life events, particularly when you’ve built up years of good will and sweat equity. The days leading up to your announcement are sleepless. When you finally break the news, everyone reacts differently. Then comes the part where you separate your personal and professional lives – letting friends and family know, mass emails with a new gmail account, getting a new phone number. I know firsthand the decision to leave is a difficult one and I also know post-resignation life can be just as stressful. Couple this with the stress of trying to prove yourself in a new role (and whatever else might be going on in your life at that time) – it’s a wonder anyone ever changes jobs! But your career advancement is worth it.
I am proud to be in business with my two partners Salima Alibhai and Rebecca Toth. Together we are proud of what we are building at ALT Recruitment Partners. The outpouring of support from the legal community has been humbling and we cannot wait for what the rest of our legal recruitment careers have in store. As in every stage of life, experience brings knowledge – and risks have rewards, including giving me greater perspective to share.