Article by Bowen Eldridge.
Getting a new job is a very exciting time, as it enables you to take the next step in your career. Not only will a new role in a new company give you the opportunity to develop both new and existing skills, but it could also allow you to familiarise yourself with a different sector to the ones you’ve already worked in, or take on additional responsibilities.
Each of these are essential for helping you to progress to a higher level in your chosen career path, or even begin a new career completely!
So, why is the New Year one of the best times to get a new job? For starters, it’s a time when many companies will have new budgets in place to hire additional employees, and many hiring managers will want to get started with this task as soon as possible after the restful Christmas period, as this will ensure the right people are in place before any major projects have gone underway.
However, before you go sprucing up your CV and scouring the job boards, the first thing you need to do is to assess whether it’s actually the right time and the best option for you to move to a new job. Ask yourself this; if you want to move to a new job to progress to a higher level in your career, are there equal chances to progress in your current role? Can any changes be made to the business, your role, or your working environment that would change your mind about accepting an offer for a new job in a different company?
According to a 2017 study by ADP Research Institute, UK workers are happy to change jobs for an average pay rise of 10%, which is lower than the European average of 12%. With this being lower than the rest of Europe, you should consider if you could receive the same pay increase from your current company before you decide to make a move, as well as weigh up whether this pay increase is worth the risk of taking on more difficult responsibilities, and leaving a job and company where you may have a very strong relationship with your current manager.
Jon Michail, Founder and Group CEO of Image Group International, a corporate and personal brand advisory and coaching organisation, says: “There are many perfectly valid reasons why people decide to leave a job – long commutes, a nasty co-worker, workplace politics, and a change in personal circumstances will all take their toll.
“Sadly, the reason may simply be that they feel trapped in a dead-end job that seems to be taking them nowhere. Some employees find it hard to articulate the reasons why they want to leave, and only that they feel depressed, unappreciated and stale.
“Monotony can have a deadly effect, even on skilled employees being rewarded with a decent pay cheque. Another frequently mentioned reason is a lack of challenge or career advancement within the company. Some other vital warning signs that should be considered are that you hate getting out of bed knowing you have to go to work, you tell people things like, ‘if it wasn’t for the money…’, and your health and home life are suffering because of the impact of work problems.”
If you’ve weighed up each argument and still want to change jobs, then before you start your job search, you need to determine what you’re looking for in a new role. This should be in terms of salary expectations, location, role type (or title) and responsibilities, as well as opportunities for progression, although you’ll need to be realistic when setting these benchmarks! This is essential for improving your success rate when sending out applications, as well as ensuring you don’t waste your time applying for the wrong roles for you.
You can read the full article by Bowen Eldridge Recruitment here.