We’ve all done it – told our spouse, partner, friend or even a trusted co-worker that the time has come and we want a change. We need a new job, a new challenge or to work in an industry we enjoy. We want to be passionate about our job and feel we are respected and valued. So is this the time to change jobs and what are the key points to remember when you start looking?
Knowing it’s time
There are lots of indicators that it may be time to change your job and these are different for each of us. One of the big ones is a sense of dread at the start of the day or even the night before. You don’t want to go to work, you lack passion and motivation.
Disliking your boss is perhaps one of the top reasons to leave a job but should always be approached with a little care – the grass isn’t always greener, remember. If you are stressed, feel unhappy in your job or undervalued then this might be a good indicator. Or if you know the business is in trouble – loyalty is great but you still need a wage coming in if the worst happens so sometimes you have to look out for yourself.
Finding your dream job
Finding your dream job is great but you also have to be a little practical about it. Sure, you might want to work with the elephants at Chester Zoo or dream of being a producer for a stage show in London. But if you aren’t qualified for these jobs, then this might be a dream too far (unless you are going in for retraining, in which case – go for it!).
The best job search advice can often be not to look at jobs at all. Instead, talk to recruitment experts and see what kind of jobs you might get considered for based on your experience, qualifications and your personality. Before you approach them, make sure you update your CV – you can change it again later when you decide what kind of job you want to aim for so don’t worry too much about all those tactics for getting your CV noticed at this stage.
Getting the job
Once you have some ideas about what kinds of jobs are open to you, you can start to look at them in more detail. Look at the job, what it entails, what the employers’ recruitment process entails and a little peep at the pay and benefits. Don’t let the latter sway you though – happiness is worth more than just money.
Once you have some jobs you want to start applying for, you can redesign your CV to be relevant to the job. There’s lots of tips out there how to maximise it and help you head to the top of the queue as well as to deal with Applicant Tracking Systems that many companies now use.
Don’t get despondent if you don’t get the first job you apply for – very few people do. If possible, ask why you didn’t get the job and look at areas you can improve for the next time. That way you will get the job of your dreams and find yourself to be a valued employee who is passionate about their role.