The Right Move
Thinking about moving on?
Deciding on a move can be a life-changing experience. Staying put in your job could mean security or a dead-end with no prospects. Moving on could leave you jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
The key reasons for changing jobs are usually cited as:
- Lack of opportunity with your current employer.
- Not getting on with the boss. People will put up with long hours and
current salary levels, but they won't stay if they don't get on with
- Uncomfortable with the company culture. A bad work ethic or little
social interaction in the work place causes people to move on to another
- Not advancing your career at the same rate as friends and ex-colleagues.
- Post-holiday depression. It is a fact that a number of individuals resign just after coming back from a break.
Although it is no longer as important to stay with one employer for a number of years, it is a shame to resign before making it clear to your current organisation why you are dissatisfied, as they might be able to resolve the problem. It is also advisable to stay in a job until you have achieved something that will contribute to your career.think before you jump
Before launching straight into another job, think about the reasons why you work. Most of us need to work to fulfil the basic needs of food and shelter but once these fundamentals are met, what else do you want out of a job?
Perhaps you should rethink your chosen career and try something different. Perhaps turn a hobby into a career?
Having an insight into what you want out of work should assist you in your decision making. So do you work for any of the following reasons?
You want work that fulfils your personal beliefs and values. You want to do something that makes you feel you are contributing to society in some way and therefore a vocational career might suit you.
You want to fulfil your creative side. You have a particular skill or craft that you need to express. You will probably be happier in a small company where individual contributions are highly regarded.
If you like to have interaction with others at work, you would probably prefer a job that involves dealing with customers or clients.
If making your own decisions and the freedom to choose when to work is important to you, then running your own business or working freelance will be an attractive option.
If you work because you like to be respected, then you will be more comfortable in a large organisation where you have a position of authority and standing. This may come at a price, however, as you will probably have to work longer hours in a pressurised environment to get what you want.
Researching different career options and different companies will add to your range of possibilities. Most companies have a web site that you can look at and extract information. Talking to individuals who work in the industry you are interested in will also provide you with inside knowledge.
Once you have considered the options, you are then in a position to start looking for a job that meets your needs. You will find jobs advertised on this website and in newspapers and trade publications.