In this series, we look at all the aspects you should consider in depth before searching for a new job. My aim is to help you better understand your career options and how you can give yourself the best chance of achieving them, whilst avoiding the pitfalls some people fall into every day. 

We have all been there, sat in yet another meeting on a Friday afternoon. You’re staring at the clock, counting down the hours before you can head home.  You’re not paying attention to what’s being said, your thoughts begin to stray.  You’re planning your weekend or thinking about that holiday you’ve got booked in a couple of months’ time, you’re thinking about anything and everything other than your job.  Then it hits you, it’s time to find a better job – that will make everything right.

There could be any number of reasons why you feel it’s time to move on.  You may be after more pay, a shorter journey to work, new colleagues, better technology and new experiences.  As work is such a major part of our lives, it’s important to make the right decision when considering a new job.  These decisions need to be based on a well thought out process.  All too often people make quick and wrong decisions when it comes to a new position.  I’d like to help you avoid getting yourself into an even worst situation.

When faced with the idea of moving to a new company or pursuing a different role, most of us think the grass is greener elsewhere.  But before you take that leap, it’s important to have a reality check.  I’ve seen far too many people make mistakes during the job hunting process that lead to a new job but not necessarily a better one.  In the worst case scenario, making the wrong decision could ultimately destroy your career altogether, so it’s essential you make the right move, at the right time, and for the right reasons.

If you seriously think it’s time to move on, the first thing you need is a strategy, and that strategy must start with understanding why you want to move in the first place.  Personally, I believe that if you don’t address and reflect upon the contributing factors that make you feel a new job is the solution – you won’t successfully end up in the right job that will put you on a defined or strategic career path.  Planning your career is incredibly important, if you don’t know where you want to end up, how will you know when you get there?

 

Your strategy must start with Why? and end with How!

 

The second article in this Career Advice Series is about developing a strategy to help you find your ideal job. Looking for a new job?

 


 

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By Roger Mills, Co-founder of Think IT Recruitment.

As always, if there’s anything in this article you would like to discuss, please start a conversation or get in touch with me.

 

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