Job security… it’s never something we want to take for granted, particularly in uncertain times. But job security shouldn’t come at the expense of enjoyment, professional development or career advancement, and if you’re feeling the lack of these, it could be time for a change.
For most of us, changing jobs is never a decision that is made lightly, unless a change of circumstances, such as redundancy, is imposed upon us. It’s important to consider the pros and cons of a possible change, and to truly understand your reasons for seeking it.
A new job is exciting: it can extend your network, introduce you to a different work culture, give you insight into an industry you may not have experienced before and, most of all, it can challenge you (which isn’t a bad thing!)
However, a new job is also an unknown, so taking time to understand what a potential new role offers, is time well spent.
At Asset Recruitment, we’ve pulled together a few questions to help you decide if it’s time for a change (or not).
1. Why are you really seeking change?
What are your compelling reasons for seeking change? Contemplating a move because your workload is too onerous, you’ve had a clash with a colleague or manager, or you feel others are being promoted around you are issues that can be addressed and potentially resolved. They’re also issues that could occur in your new workplace.
Seeking a change to enhance your career, give you diversity of skills, or pave the way for future professional development will provide motivation as you navigate the process of new employment.
Top tip: Compile a list
Outline your reasons for wanting change and be honest with yourself. These are the reasons upon which you will base your decision so they must be genuine.
2. Is the change you’re seeking achievable where you are?
Richard Branson once said: “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”
Most companies would prefer to retain their staff. So before you start looking for a new position, consider speaking to your employer about any changes that could achieve the job satisfaction you’re looking for. There may be opportunities to develop your present role and create a career plan within your current company.
The past 12 months have created significant change for many organisations, and change can bring with it opportunity.
Top tip: Consider all your options.
Since what you’re seeking may exist within your current role, include this possibility in your decision-making process, or at least know to rule it out!
3. Is it the right time for a change?
The current market is a job seeker’s one. There are temporary and permanent positions available across a range of industries. So, if you’re considering a change, now’s a good time to pursue it.
At Asset Recruitment, we still recommend taking the time to find the right job for you, and being realistic about your situation. Handing in your resignation when you are not yet certain another job is in the bag, might not be a sensible decision. So, make sure you are financially stable enough to leave your current role.
Top tip: Seek expert advice
Our advisers can help you understand the change you’re seeking and to navigate the path to new employment, so give them a call today.
Leave on good terms
If you’ve made the decision to leave your current role, do so on good terms. Whether you’ve been with your company for 12 months or 12 years, burning bridges is never a good idea. Respect the employer who has provided you with work by giving them a reasonable period of notice. A suitable handover period will not only leave you in good stead with your employer, it will look great on your CV too.