New year, new job? 4 things to consider…
January is a month of change. Although, in fairness, sitting by the still perky Christmas tree promising to go to the gym more is much easier than keeping that promise up. So yes, while gloomy old January can be a bit wet and cold, it is also a time of new starts. If those New Year resolutions have given you itchy feet you may be one of the people who pop and see us each year and say, “I want a new career”.
If you are thinking of looking to move your career up a notch or even change direction then we are happy to help you with the ‘new year, new job’ resolution. We will be glad to be part of your changes and advise and assist where we can. Of course we are not suggesting that you just jump ship and go hunting for the next big thing though. Changing careers requires planning and some effort on your part.
Here is what we suggest. Before you start your search for a new job, ask yourself these 4 questions.
1. Why do I want to change jobs?
Here is where you need to be really honest with yourself. Is it because you feel as if you are going nowhere in your current role? Do just you want to spread your wings and try something new? Is it because you think you are just in the wrong career? All of these are good reasons there are many more. If you don’t know why you want to leave you probably won’t be able to decide fully what to do next.
2. What skills can you take to a new role?
We suggest you think long and hard about this one. In the end when an employer takes someone on they are looking for someone who can supply the set of skills they need. Go back to basics and make a good old-fashioned written list. Write down your skills and don’t forget to include any ones you may have that are hidden in hobbies and activities outside work. For example, have you been a football referee? That is decision making under pressure. Worked in a charity shop in your spare time? Well that is money handling and people skills. Widen your thinking here and make as long a list as you can.
3. Do you have the experience?
Some jobs are stepping-stones over the water and some are at different points on the journey. You need to be a little realistic with your expectations because even with the skills employers will also sometimes require experience. The fact is that changing your career may mean a bit of a ‘re-boot’. On the other hand if you have a chance then go for it. You may surprise yourself and get that big promotion.
4. What jobs can you realistically look towards?
At this point you should have a pretty good idea of what kind of thing want and how this relates to what you can do. This is the important last stage because after this you can start the planning and the searching for a job.
Come and see us, have a chat and tell us where you want to be. Now you have made your decision about wanting a new job you need some professional advice with a realistic view of the opportunities available. We will be happy to talk it through and help you find the right job for you. Here at Jobwise we love it when an ambitious person makes the decision to move on because that’s what we do best. We get your career moving.