The European Privacy Recruiter's Blog
But what is ‘better’, really? What makes a privacy pro to start looking at what else the market is offering? During our interviews with candidates, we try to get to the bottom of things and explore what they are experiencing in their current roles and what type of a privacy role may present itself as an ‘opportunity’.
So, why do privacy people want to change jobs?
Below you will find a compilation of statements we regularly hear from privacy job-seekers in our practice. As interesting as it is, while reading, keep in mind that:
1 - Some of these reasons are due to the simple fact that the privacy profession is still in the making and is trying to find its correct place within the corporate structure. And not only in Europe. The job still sounds mysterious not only to the wider public (you notice this when you go to birthday parties and when asked what you do for living) but also to other departments in your company (“are you a lawyer or something?”).
2 - When someone decides to leave, this decision is usually also based on a combination of factors with cumulative effect. You won’t leave only because you are unhappy with your salary. Things add up. People do take the time to evaluate their job satisfaction with all dimensions, and go elsewhere only when there is no hope for improvement.
3 - Self-awareness is a virtue and not all individuals have this asset. Some of the below statements will raise eyebrows, since we know that it is easier to point fingers to the employer and to avoid any effort to assess own shortcomings.
So, if you are a hiring manager, take these statements with a pinch of salt and gather additional information about the capabilities of the candidate.
That’s one of the ways how we help a hiring manager with his/her decision. We conduct thorough assessments of all our candidates even if it is for a junior / contracting privacy role, and we present findings in our reports. We receive a lot of appreciation for our neutral feedback.
Let’s take a look at what privacy pros are telling us!
Question: What are your reasons to look for a new career opportunity?
Responses (in order of frequency):
As said earlier, except for a few situations (e.g. an immediate need to move to another country), it is usually a combination of factors which trigger the job search of a privacy professional.
With the changing legislative landscape, exciting times are ahead of privacy professionals in Europe. One thing is for sure: whether in their current roles or in a new place, privacy pros who enjoy challenges won't be disappointed!
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