How do I know I’m ready to change my job? (The 7 Stages)
31st Aug 2018
Are you ready? Let’s find out..
Changing jobs is a massive decision, it’s not one you should rush into or take lightly. This blog will help you realise the fundamental steps you should take when deciding to change your job.
Stage one is why you want to change role and identifying the decision. Which means you may be ready to look to make the move!
As you’re currently pondering the decision, you’ve identified that you may be ready to change your job and you want to know if you’re ready for it. It’s important to identify why you are considering this change before you go any further. Are you feeling unfulfilled or unappreciated? Do you want more responsibility, personal development, a better work environment or a shorter commute? Though you’re uncertain about whether you want to go through with this decision right now, you need to go through the next 6 stages of the effective decision-making process to ensure you’re making the right decision.
Stage 2 | Gathering information
This is an important stage to research jobs and find out what information is relevant to you when changing jobs.
Not only gathering information about jobs, the market and companies, but about yourself and what you wish to achieve if you were to move. As this can go beyond simply your income and day-to-day environment, if you have a family, this can change their routine and even affect financial areas such as your tax credits entitlement. You need to think and research all aspects of changing your job.
If you are thinking of quitting your job and then searching for a job, I’d strongly advise against this. The job search process can be a long and tedious process of looking at job boards every day, networking and trying to find a job which would be suitable for you. It’s important to keep yourself in your current role until you’ve been offered a new position. This would be more beneficial for your finances and reduces the risk of accepting a role which may not be quite right just to secure a new position.
Stage 3 | Identifying Alternatives
At this stage, you need to identify any potential risks which are involved in the jobs or recruitment consultancy you’ve decided to apply or sign up for. You may even decide to apply for a combination of recruitment consultancies and any relevant jobs you can find. Unfortunately, it is a method I would advise against.
The best method for you to get a job which you really love is finding a specialist consultant in your sector. A specialist recruiter would know the market inside out and find you a job which could fit your needs and circumstances.
You should now be aware of all the information which could affect your job search.
Be wise about the path you decide would be best for you.
Stage 4 | Weigh the Evidence
It’s time to make a list.
Which job are you most drawn towards and what are the benefits of changing to this job?
Stage 5 | Choose among alternatives
You’ve created your pros and cons, you’re coming towards making a decision. You should have all the information and factors which will matter if you change your job.
Realistically, you’ve done so much research that you should have a gut feeling on whether this is the right move or not for you. If you’re working with a recruiter, they are a great source of market wisdom to help you make this decision. Use your resources and contacts to discuss what is best for you.
Stage 6 | Take action
You’ve done as much research as you can. It’s time to update your CV and consult a specialist recruiter. If you do have a family, ensure you have their support as it can be far easier when they understand why your routine may change. Be prepared to address any questions they may have.
Let’s apply for some jobs!
Working with your recruiter, they can introduce you to relevant companies in your market and should have great insight on what the best move is for you. After all, their job is to find the best fit for both the job seeker and the company seeking talent.
Stage 7 | Review your decision
After applying for jobs you’ll hopefully begin to get interviews. Be sure to work with your recruiter through the process so you can achieve the best job package. If you’re finding it more difficult than expected to review your decision, where could you be going wrong?
Here are the common challenges of changing your job
- Being too hasty when finding another job
- It can take longer than expected to find the right role
- Not keeping your CV up-to-date and relevant
- Applying for jobs which you’re underqualified or have a lack of experience for
- Overconfidence of achieving a job quickly
- Not performing well in the interview (Always remember to ask for feedback!)
Deciding if you should change your job is a massive decision in your life. Ensure you’re giving yourself the best chance of landing the right job by following this logical process.
If you’ve followed the above steps in the decision making process and believe you’re ready to change your job, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly specialist recruiters on firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 9091 8529 . Our conversation will be completely confidential.
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