Questions you should ask yourself before making a job change

Thinking of a job change? Read this, before you take a leap.

You might consider shifting jobs for a variety of reasons. You might want to further your career or seek a hip work culture and a rewarding paycheck. Regardless of the reasons know that the process demands time, effort and dedication. Even before you set out on this journey ask yourself the right questions, and move with confidence that you’re making an informed decision.

  1. What are your reasons to move jobs?

Understanding why you need the job change is important to set your own expectations straight. What is it about the current employer that you dislike? What makes you dissatisfied/ unhappy here? This will help you organize your priorities and create your resume to align with your career goals. If you have a mentor at work, discuss these reasons with them and explore the possibility of solutions without actually moving jobs. Most businesses are willing to make changes in roles, salaries and even teams — to retain their employees. Explore these options.

2. What do you expect from the new role?

Going through detailed job-descriptions will help you reduce expectation mismatches when you apply. Lay emphasis on what you want different in the new job. This could be as trivial as a change in a location closer to home, or the need to have the option to work from home once in a while. It could also be as complicated as a 360-degree career change. In another instance, you might want to work with a company that offers a better work-life balance, or a more diverse team that you can interact with and learn from. Whatever you expect from the new workplace, ensure you know it.

3. How will a job change impact your long-term goals?

People end up making poor career change choices with short-term objectives alone in mind. Shifting to a competitor without any potential for growth, just because they offer a higher paycheck — is a common example. Sometimes, it is okay to let go of a seemingly good opportunity if it is going to affect your long-term career goals. Think ahead, and take a wholesome view of your professional objectives before taking that leap.

4. What have you learned from the existing job, that you can bring to your next role?

This is an important one. How has your current job changed you? What have you learned here that made you a better professional? How have you grown as a contributor or as a leader — what new skills have you acquired and what new connections have you made? In this competitive job market, answering these questions will give you clarity about your own worthiness. In addition, it will help you create your resume to reflect your true potential. Hiring managers would want to know how quickly you’ll adapt to their team dynamics; so take account of how you’ve done that in your previous role, and showcase it to win them over.

5. Is the time really right?

Timing is everything. There is a good time to begin a job search and a bad one. Often, people wait until they are bored and feel dejected at their current role to move between jobs, and this is a desperate move. The best time to actually jump between companies is when you are performing consistently. That gives a fantastic case for your future employer to consider you a good investment. Do not decide to leave a company just because you’re disgruntled. Leave because the time is right for you to move on, and further your career at another organization.

Answer these questions for yourself before you decide to go on a job-hunting spree. Know that a job change should be a positive highlight in your professional life, not a desperate attempt at escaping from a situation you are not willing to work with.

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