Q: I'm a reporter who recently accepted a promotion to an editing position. I've been in the position for about a month, and for various reasons, I don't believe the new job is a good fit. My question is: Is it OK to start the job search right away, or would it be best to stick the job out for a certain amount of time before hunting for a new one?
And, if it is OK to begin the search, what advice do you have for how to address the situation in job interviews?
A: We have a third option here. That is to go back to your editors, tell them that you think this job is not for you and ask to be moved back to reporting.
But, if you've decided it's time to get a reporting job at another paper, you're in a decent position. Your clips are fresh and even a little experience as an editor gives you a wider perspective. Other editors should appreciate that. In the back of their minds, they'll be thinking that you might one day be an editor for them, too. But that will be your call.
The only danger I see is in moving to another job that makes you unhappy. Two short, unhappy experiences in a row could mean trouble. One so-so job followed by a great one is no problem at all.
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