Flipping Your Job On Pancake Day
28 February 2017
It’s Pancake Day – hurrah! We love an excuse to indulge our sweet tooth. We’ll be buying ours in, though, because none of us can profess to have superior flipping skills in the kitchen.
But what about if you’re ready to flip your job?
It’s very easy to find yourself fed up when you’re in the midst of a project that’s not going well or your boss seems to be picking on you for very little.
Does that mean it’s time to take your career in another direction? It’s important not to make any rash decisions based on one bad day (or even a bad week or a bad month) but if you’re seriously considering changing things up, HR Consultancy are here to help.
Here are some essentials we think you should consider before planning a career flip:
Why do I want to leave?
If your working environment is unbearable, or there’s a threat of redundancy looming, it makes sense to look elsewhere. You shouldn’t throw in the towel just because you’ve had a bad Wednesday. You have to really think about what it is that’s pushing you out the door – can it be resolved?
Does it boil down to money?
If you’re simply looking for a pay rise from your current job, it’s probably best not to get a recruiter involved in the hope that your current boss will make you a counter offer to stay. If you want a pay rise – ask for one!
What do I like and dislike about my job?
Again, it’s helpful to make a list. If you like a busy day and a vibrant atmosphere, tell your recruiter – you don’t want to end up in a quiet office when it’s not to your personality and work ethic. Similarly, if you don’t like the pressures of targets etc, this is a fact you should make your recruiter aware of. You want to make sure your next move is one that really satisfies what you’re looking for from a career.
What’s happening in the market?
If you work in a particular sector that is experiencing a downturn, is it worth moving jobs if another firm will be going through the same problems? It might be better to check the market and see if there is a way of weathering the storm first.
What – apart from a job – will I be giving up?
Are there any perks to your current role, such as a short commute or discounted gym membership, that make the job worthwhile? Would this be something to look for in your new job? What kind of benefits do you expect at this stage in your career?
What impact will this have on other people?
Will your shift pattern change? Will your days of work be different? How will this affect any dependents you might have or, on a base level, your work/life balance? These are all important things to consider as it’s not just you that a new job affects.
What’s my USP?
Maybe you’re really organised, or consistently deliver targets or maybe you excel at managing a team of people. Make a note of all the positive emails or recommendations you’ve received in your current job and start working these skills in to your CV.
What do I want from my next job?
Maybe you’re looking for flexible working hours, a more supportive team or a bigger challenge. You should definitely make a list of what you’re looking for, as this will help your recruiter find a role that’s just right for what you want. They will want to place you in an environment that will not only suit your needs, but exceed your expectations to ensure there’s real job satisfaction from your career move.
Written By Mary Palmer