5 Things To Consider When You Change Jobs

Are you looking to change jobs in the near future? Switching roles can be fairly daunting and even risky in this economic climate, so there are some important things you need to consider before making a change. This article goes over the five most important points you need to remember.

First of all, you need to thing deeply about your reason for a switch. It’s generally a bad idea to change jobs because you don’t get on with a co-worker or your boss, because inter-personal relationship issues may arise again even at your new job. It’s also hard to explain this reason for you wanting to change jobs to your new employers in your interview. They may see you as someone who causes problems rather than solves them, so they would be right to be cautious about hiring you in this instance.

Second, you need to look at what experience you will gain by moving to a new employer. Some people are tempted by higher pay packets, but if that position is a dead end job with few chances of learning something new, then it will be tougher to progress up the career ladder in the future. At the interviewing stage when you are looking to change jobs, make sure you thoroughly assess how this move can help your long term career goals, not just your short term ones.

Next, you need to look at whether the salary figures on the job spec are actually achievable. Unfortunately, some less trustworthy employers are known to inflate estimated pay packages to an unobtainable figure to lure in strong talent. This is especially prevalent in sales roles with complicated commission structures.

An audit on your ability to find new roles is also highly recommended if you want to change jobs. Recruitment has become increasingly impersonal over the years thanks to online job boards and a tendency to recruit based on skills not character. As a job seeker you must overcome this and create opportunities to change the focus to a personal one instead. Use tools like LinkedIn to leverage your connections to find a new job. This should be the foundation to your job hunt, rather than submitting endless applications.

Finally, you need to strongly look at the opportunities presented by your current job. If you stayed there, how might your career change? Is there scope for growth? Could you gain more experience at your current company verses joining another? On the flip side, maybe your scope for growth is over at that company which is why you are looking to change jobs.

If that is the case, you should only consider new positions that will put you in a better situation than before. That includes both pay packet, and most importantly, the scope for growth and career development. This is essential as it will determine how much you can earn in the future, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but in five to ten years time. A little bit of extra money now might be nice, but it’s a bad choice if it’s at the expense of opportunity for career development.

Why Might You Want To Change Jobs?

These days, thanks to the tough economic climate, it is very common for people to want to change jobs. There are a variety of reasons for wanting to do take this bold step, so we’ve prepared this article exploring some of those reasons. If many of them are applicable to you, then it might be the time to start brushing up on your job interview techniques!

One of the most common reasons for wanting to move to a new firm is that there is no longer any scope for career progression at your current role. There are several reasons for this. Often, it is because the business you work for is struggling, and can’t take on any high value clients or projects where you can shine. The second most common issue is internal company politics. There may be someone else in the organization who has a stranglehold on business strategy, or holds the position you want, but don’t have the support to take it. In these two instances, it may be worth while looking for a way to change jobs.

Another popular reason for looking for a new role is that you don’t get on with fellow workers or your boss. While popular, it is far from ideal. In fact, it is a very bad idea to change jobs because of this! For a start, it would be hard to explain to your new employer why you want to change. They may realize your true motive and believe that it is you that causes trouble among other employees, rather than the other way around. It is much better to resolve your inter-personal differences with your co-workers rather than running every time there is an issue.

Thirdly, low pay is a strong reason to change jobs. There are several reasons why you may feel underpaid. Hopefully it isn’t because you don’t provide much value to the business! Avoid this by ensuring you work hard each and every day. On the other hand, perhaps you are a very valuable asset to your company, but they simply cant afford to pay you more. You may however be gaining some very valuable experience which will further your career down the line.  If this is the case, think very carefully about making any rash career decisions. Good experience is much more valuable than a higher pay packet with very few opportunities to self develop and increase your earning potential in the future.

Next, the flip side of this argument is that you are currently paid reasonably well, but you’re not learning much, and there is no scope for learning more. Maybe you already have had some job interviews but were unsuccessful because you have a lack of experience. In this instance, it is much better to change jobs which will give you experience in an area that you currently lack.