Please check out this fantastic article by Trello with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – Lateral Career Moves: Can Moving Sideways Help You Move Up?

I was fortunate enough to be featured in this fantastic article by Amy Rigby of Trello – Lateral Career Moves: Can Moving Sideways Help You Move Up?

In the world of work, where we are inundated with advice on winning promotions and negotiating raises, vertical movement seems like the only goal worth striving toward.

But what happens when, instead of climbing the corporate ladder, you move sideways across it—opting for a job at the same level and even pay grade as the one you had before?

Does it mean you’re wasting time? Stagnating?

To find out, Amy Rigby of Trello spoke with professionals who have either made lateral career moves themselves or helped others achieve them.

The good news? It’s not as gloomy as some make it sound.

In fact, the truth about lateral moves is hopeful and exciting.

So if a lateral career move is on your mind, read on to find out why it’s worth considering.

My input:

You Love Your Job But Need To Leave A Toxic Environment

Sometimes, people make lateral moves to move away from a toxic coworker, boss, or company culture. Maybe you love your job and want to continue working in that capacity, but the organization you’re with isn’t good for your mental health. Consider a lateral move. I have helped thousands of clients seeking a lateral transition, including one who needed to escape a toxic work environment. This particular client was able to leverage his contacts to transition to another service management role—but this time, with his company’s competitor. He ended up doing the same work on the same type of product for the same amount of pay, with the added bonus of a shorter commute. And the biggest benefit of all? He was finally in a work situation where he could thrive.

But Won’t A Lateral Move Look Bad On My Resume?

This is a huge concern for many workers seeking a lateral move, so I decided to ask Warzel about it because he spent more than eight years as a technical recruiter. “When I was a recruiter, the ‘purple unicorn’ or perfect candidate was typically the person doing the same work as our opening, at a competitor, and within the same pay grade,” he says. “This makes it easier for hiring and training. Plus, some hiring managers love poaching talent from the competition.” But was there ever a time he noticed lateral movement on someone’s resume and saw it in a bad light? “I have,” he says, “but only for the case of either a bad apple, meaning they were known in the industry as someone who job hops, or an actual job hopper. If you see a trend of someone staying at a place for a year, maybe two, maybe less, and does this continuously for a lengthy period of time, that’s a huge red flag.” So, according to Warzel, what looks bad is making too many lateral moves (and not staying long) as a way of avoiding growth.

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