Whether it’s a white or blue-collar job, remote/part-time, or full-time, there are certain moments of your life when making a job switch is inevitable.
Among other things, it is very important if you must grow as an individual or a professional. Alongside that, it is necessary if you aren’t quite as satisfied as you’d like to be.
However, many people often make myriads of mistakes in the process of making a job switch. That is why we’ll be walking you through a few guidelines. After all, the last thing you want to do is move from one source of dissatisfaction to another.
The Ideal Process for Making a Job Switch
To prevent any uncanny mistakes, here are a few guidelines to follow when making a job switch:
Understand the “why” of your decision
Why exactly do you want a job switch? You need to carefully weigh and consider if your actions are motivated by the right reasons.
Is it because you are unsatisfied? If so, why are you unsatisfied? Is it the pay or the work environment? If one of those is the case, can it be negotiated? Have you tried proper communication with your boss to get better pay, among others? Also, could it be possible that you’re making this decision entirely because you want to satisfy the desires of some other person?
You must ask yourself all these questions in a process of deep introspection. Your answers might reveal that maybe you don’t exactly need to be making a job switch in the first place.
Determine What You Want
If you’ve successfully made it through the first stage, now, you have to determine what you want to do. Do you want a job with higher pay? Are you looking for something that will bring you closer to your family? Perhaps you want a bit more free time? When you have decided these, go a bit further. Think of the industry you want to work in. Visualize your idea of proper working conditions. The point of it all is to try to find out what exactly your desires are. It will help you when you eventually get to the point of picking a job.
Assess and Develop your Skills
If you’ve been working your current job for a while, the chances are that your skills are already outdated. It’s a source of concern, but it’s not unfixable.
So, assess yourself. Find out which skills you have that can make you valuable for the next job. Find out which ones you’ll need if you must get a good job that meets the “what,” as discussed in step two.
To help develop your skills, there are several online courses you can take. Start somewhere and scale up from there. Don’t forget to brush up your CV too. You can do all these while at your current place of work. Just ensure you use your time effectively.
Apply for a Job
Once you’ve determined what you want, go for it. Apply for something that requires your skillset and fulfills your desire. It is important to note that that you cannot put all your eggs into one basket.
An example of a bad decision will be to quit your job outright in pursuance of another where your chances of employment are less than 25%. No matter how attractive the pay, be wise about it, especially if you have responsibilities.
Depending on how many jobs you applied for, you’re likely to have more than one interview or job offer. When this happens, congrats champ! Your skills are truly valuable. However, choose wisely. Do as much research as possible and find out what the new job will be like. Don’t just accept it because they sent you a fancy letter and a few good looking figures. Make appropriate enquiries regarding conditions, location, pay, etc.
Making a job switch isn’t the easiest thing. It is filled with uncertainty and can be pretty stressful. However, if you take it step by step and you are smart about it, things should go your way!