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By boyle_heights ·
Recently the company I work for went through a merger. Slowly the other company has started to get rid of some departments. I have been the QA manager for about 6 months and now am having a difficult time deciding if I should leave. Most people tell me the experience I am gaining outweighs the potential of getting laid off. They think I should be able to get back on my feet even if it did happen. Personally I find it more difficult finding a job with a good salary when I have no job. What would you advice? Stick to the job while gaining experience or find a job now when I can choose the company I go to? Thank you

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hard choice

by Shellbot In reply to Merger Advice

i too find it easier to find a job when i already have one.. employers like that..plus you can choose more carefully.
if you get laid off, you may have to take what you can get..

if you are genuinly concerned, does another 2 months of experience really matter? your already the manager, so its not like your just staring your career?

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The answer is pretty simple

by TechExec2 In reply to Merger Advice

"Personally I find it more difficult finding a job with a good salary when I have no job."

"What would you advice? Stick to the job while gaining experience or find a job now when I can choose the company I go to?"

If you understand the mechanism behind this, then the answer to your question is simple.

When you have a job and are looking for a better one:
- Your potential employer must woo you away
- Your potential employer thinks of you as valuable
- Your potential employer must compete with your current one

When you do not have a job and are looking for one:
- Your potential employer questions what is wrong with you
- Your potential employer thinks of you as desperate
- Your potential employer's offer does not have to compete much at all

So, if you think your position is not on solid ground, You should find one elsewhere. If your employer is not giving you strong assurance (without your asking) and a feeling of security, that is a clear early warning. You should heed it. Conversely, any employer who really values you and really wants you to stay will work hard to make you feel secure (without your asking).

The answer is simple. Good luck to you in your NEW job.

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My thoughts....

by JamesRL In reply to Merger Advice

I've been on the other side, where I had to plan for an acquisition. It is a valued skill to know how to work through the kinds of issues that you face in a merger.

You have to look at the culture of the old company, the culture of the new, and see whether you like the new one enough to stay. Only you can make that call.

I do agree it is harder to find a job when you don't have one.

I wouldn't leave without another job in hand. If you do get laid off, you will probably get a severance package. Don't stay just for the severence, but don't leave just for the sake of leaving. A little research and a few resumes out there will help you decide.

James

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In my case

by jdmercha In reply to Merger Advice

I'm always looking for a better offer. Just because you look doesn't mean you have to go. And I find it much harder to find a job when I already have one. When I don't have a job, I have a lot more time to look for one. And there would be more job opportunities since I would now be applying to jobs I wouldn't apply for if I was already working.

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