Why People Leave “Good” Jobs

“I have a good job. I make a lot of money. I am unhappy most of the time.”

The last two years have been a time of almost constant uncertainty which has created a fight or flight response in a lot of people. As a recruiter, I speak to people all the time and I find out the why around why so many people are searching for greener pastures.

“Hours are long, work is relentless, and expectations are not realistic.”

We see and hear so many similar things from people across the industry:

“I had a record 2021 in revenue. A deal went south in Q1. The CEO is humiliating me on a Zoom in front of the team.”

Sometimes there is a feeling among people that:

“No matter how hard I work and how successful I am, it is not good enough.”

“My mother died. I had two weeks of bereavement leave. My boss mentioned that I had just come back from a vacation when I returned.

People need to remember that it is not always about the money. Company culture, respect, time, and all the things that money can’t buy are just as important.

If you’re considering a career move, give us a call or apply to one of the many great jobs we have available on our jobs page. Searchlight has been building great companies and great careers for over two decades in the media, marketing, advertising, and ad tech industries.


Note: this originally appeared in a slightly different form on LinkedIn in April, 2022.

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Kelly Herrick

Kelly Herrick is the founder of Searchlight, a digital recruitment firm specializing in media, advertising, and emerging technology. Originally from Texas, Kelly has made NY her home and lives with her husband, son, dog, and three cats in Westchester.