I’ve never written for LinkedIn before but they asked for a short essay tied to the book. So I wrote this and they posted it over the weekend … and holy cow what a reaction! The comments are WONDERFUL. All these people who either leaped already or want to.
The critics — and there are a few — cite two flaws in what I say in the piece: first, that people who leap will pay a high price financially (even though I never say to just leap without saving up for it), and second, that people who leap will rue the day when future employers look and don’t like the fact that they have a “gap” of some sort in their working lives/résumé.
I address both of those concerns in the book. But I think it’s time for someone to start asking corporate managers, especially those who do the hiring, what, exactly, they think happens when people step away for a little while… from a few weeks to a few months or a year or more. Do they think everyone falls and hits their head and forgets everything they know? I find it more than a little bit absurd that time spent having a life, figuring out what your next move is, makes you unhireable. Where’s the evidence of that? Stay tuned for more on this — and if you’re a hiring manager, contact me!