The Right Move

Thinking about moving on?
Deciding on a move can be a life-changing experience.The grass always seems greener on the other side, but moving on could leave you jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. On the other hand, moving position could be exactly what your career needs. Evaluating your current situation can help you decide on the best route for you.

Why do you want to move on?
Be true to yourself as to why you are leaving. It may be that you enjoy your job but you feel undervalued. You should talk to you current employer before resigning, as it could be something they can resolve. It would be a shame to leave a job you enjoy. And although it is no longer as important to stay with one employer for a number of years, it is advisable to stay in a job until you have achieved something that will contribute to your career.

The most common reasons for wanting to move are:

  • 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 their superiors.
  • Uncomfortable with the company culture. A bad work ethic or little social interaction in the work place causes people to move on to another employer.
  • Post-holiday depression. It is a fact that a number of individuals resign just after coming back from a break.
  • You've been there too long and feel like you need a change
  • Restructuring has caused your role to change

Think before you jump
Before launching straight into another job, you should think about what you want from your next move.

  • What kind of work do you want to do?
  • Are you looking to change your career?
  • What are your skills and capabilities?
  • Do you want to use your current skills and capabilities?
  • What is important to you?
    • For example, recognition, job title, responsibility, team work, independence
  • What are your preferred working conditions?
    • For example, what are your salary expectations? What hours are you willing to work? Would you be willing to travel?

Having an insight into what you want out of work can assist you in your decision making. So answering the above questions should help to decide on what your next job could be.