My Medical Device Sales Career
This article is really for you loyal souls who stay at least 5 years or more at one company! Boy you are loyal and some of you may be scratching your head saying, "5 years? Hell, I have been at this company for 15 years!" Yes, there are still a few of you out there that have survived or perhaps even thrived for many years at your company. We call it, "Having a good run." I remember a time when a good job run could last up to 15 or 20 years for some and actually, for an older generation, even finish the run with the perfect ending; a fully realized juicy retirement package! Lately, it appears that a good run can be defined as 5 years in the medical sales industry! I find it is not the length of the run that matters, it is finding the perfect timing to know when to end the run for yet another.
The past 2 weeks I have talked to a number of people who had good runs in their careers (some even a couple of runs at two different companies) each lasting sometimes 5 to 8 years. Then I noticed a common theme occurring, something funny happened, their "good runs" simply "ran out", but they didn't. No, not them, they stayed until the company fell apart or changes left them politically out. Oh there were signs, but they thought they could survive and perhaps even thrive yet again! After all, everyone hates to leave a good party, perhaps the best is yet to come? But alas, all good parties almost always come to an end and if you stay too long, you are usually left sitting with a bunch of sloppy drunks in a smoke filled room at one in the morning, wondering why you didn't leave hours ago! So why? Why do people do this?
You may be saying, "Not me, oh no, I always get out when the going is good!" Well hats off to you! That means you went out of the stock market and into 100% cash when the market peaked in 2007! It also may mean that you sold your house in 2005 and put all that cash aside in a safe place and moved into an apartment. Did you escape the Tech crash of 1999? You never bought a stock at a low price, watched it soar up and then watched it slide back down below your purchase price before you sold out at a loss too, right? Worse, are you still holding onto it waiting for a comeback? You see what I mean? Everyone hates to get off of a good run! We keep thinking things will keep soaring and when they turn south most keep holding on, hoping it will get better.
We do it with our jobs too! We might have worked for what was a solid or even a hot company and then slowly, but surely their foundation starts to crumble. Perhaps our company is doing fine, but be we begin to feel that we are politically out. We think we can still survive if we keep hanging on and they will start liking us again. You see, in the beginning there are always signs, signs that the “good run” is coming to an end and if we read them correctly, we get out before the downturn or minimally before the total crash. In the context of careers, the crash is typically a loss of a job; you just didn’t get off quickly enough, unless you planned to wait and get a LARGE cash settlement (which actually can be smart depending how employable you are and the current market hiring conditions). So what are the signs?
7 Signs For Perfect Timing to GET OUT
So are you having a good run? Is there some "good" still left in your run or do you see the signs that your run may be taking a new turn? Don't be afraid to be the first one to leave a party; you just never want to be the last one left to turn the lights off.
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