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.
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