Switching to a new job itself is a giant leap that sparks off extensive changes and can impact your mental, physical and economic well being. Most people end up in an intense job quest in some stage in their life. The question is whether this job hunt is equivalent to your pursuit of happiness or loaded with undermining factors. While you may think of changing a job for several reasons, landing on the perfect one is nearly a dream for most individuals. It’s an extensive process and could drain you out as you may have to juggle with many aspects at a time. Weighing the pros and cons of a gleaming opportunity is an astute way to arbitrate whether the new move will be rewarding enough.
If you are determined to reposition from your existing job, set the ball rolling with a few things in mind that require significant consideration.
- Remuneration: You may not perceive salary as the sole motive to switch a job, but whether you will receive fair compensation for the new role is an inevitable factor. If your current salary doesn’t offer much of a raise to suit your increasing cost-of-living, sure looking for a pay hike along with additional perks would be a reasonably sensible bet. Surveying the industry to check for what other employers offer for the same line of work is necessary before you jump into a new offer.
- Check what you are giving up by leaving the present job: Ask yourself a few questions. What is driving you to leave the current job? Do you feel your contribution to the company is not recognized by your employer? Are you not getting along well with your current colleagues or team? Does your company grant you the respect and appreciation that you deserve? Are you not comfortable with the current company’s culture, values and morals? Is there a dearth of training or educational opportunities that is essential for your career advancement? Make sure to contemplate on as many factors possible as it will facilitate your ability and enable clarity in what you are searching for.
- What is the scope for growth in the new ‘eyed’ position: While for some leaving is easier than starting from scratch, most people get used to the comfort of staying on the job for long considering the hassle of facing new challenges and adjusting to an unfamiliar environment. It would be wise to consider the growth opportunities tagged with the new role and position to ensure how it attributes to your personal and career development graph. After all moving up the career ladder could be quite motivating.
- Does this change indicate investing in yourself: You need to engage in considerable amount of thought before taking a step ahead as a sincere consideration of how this journey will benefit you, can contribute in embarking on a smooth and appropriate change. Try to seek as much clarity on your future career goals. Without clarity of what you want and how you can achieve it you will not be able to accrue any sense of fulfilment and may be left with a dwindling desire.
- Design a meticulous action plan: Once you get clarity on what you want, the next step is to understand how to approach it. For this you will have to chalk out a design that delineates clear and achievable objectives. A positive way to get-on-board would be to plan step-by-step and reward oneself after accomplishing each task. Take control of the key elements that guide you to considering the new career and life with great determination and perseverance.
- Consider a SWOT analysis: Accessing on-the-job strengths and weaknesses adjacent to the future opportunities and threats is a good way to ascertain your present position vis-à-vis your forthcoming stake. The more you know yourself, the better you will be able to identify your preference and requirement along with the appropriate role. This will boost your confidence in projecting yourself to achieve what you want. Simultaneously, know your boundaries as each work situation is unique and has its own limitations. Recognizing and accepting these differences can immensely contribute in understanding what impacts your current as well as future work and personal settings.
- Build a good network to leverage your connections: If you are able to manage your present relationships effectively, the transition will be much smoother. An ability to manage your exit efficiently from your current role will give you an edge over handling new connections. For instance, understanding where your old or current boss hails from and the impact your work leaves on him/her stands tall in influencing on what note you leave a job. Real networking is all about getting to know people who can help in fostering your growth in the long run. Harnessing your connections effectively can reap benefits in the new role.
- Assess the new company you seek to join: You could be basking in the happiness of receiving that much awaited offer letter. However, do your due diligence in researching the new company thoroughly to check its public stance and financial stability from annual filings, reports and reviews. Correspondingly, also assess your current company to see whether it’s you alone or there are more in the workforce wishful of a job change. While every individual may have a unique reason, it could help you understand the common driving force or trend of why people are leaving the organization.
- Will your job change affect others: Even if you have negotiated your way into the perfectly suited new job, your journey does not end there. If you have a family, the next on your mind could be to start looking for a suitable place to reside, especially if you’re relocating to a new city or country. Sure, you would have enlisted this in your list of to-do things earlier, but now is the time to make the move and if you have missed on this, it can get quite strenuous to handle the stress. It’s a good idea to understand the needs and comfort of your family prior to accepting an offer. A new city could cough-up situations that are best approached with a plan, i.e. what will be the cost of living in the new location? What are the safety conditions prevalent in the city? What are the housing and transport facilities? Are there good schools for your child’s education? Though most of these concerns might look minuscule in comparison to your need of getting a new job, you may not wish to completely overlook the advantage of addressing these factors.
- Consider your seriousness: Relocating to a new job, whether moving within the city or to a new place is after all a big decision. Before embarking on this enormous stride, it’s vital to consider the worth of moving expenses, the stress entailed, the toil and adjustment that you will have to make. If you see this opportunity as indispensable, ensure by all means that this change is a winning chance to realign your career positively.
I personally can’t draw a conclusion on this article as after all you are boarding a rocket to ship you through new beginnings. All I would like to say is that a real passion can closely get you what you desire. Valuing time and action can unblock hurdles and reinstate confidence to bid for the best professional deal. All the best!