Has it been long since you were really excited about your job? If so, maybe it is time to make that career move! Before you make the next job switch, it is important to understand why you really want to change. By carefully planning your next career move with clear objectives, you can be in a position that truly fits your skills.
Here are the top 5 ways to consider before making a job change –
- Ask yourself if you feel fulfilled in your current position
Everybody has some values which they hold dear to themselves. Ask yourself if the job role you are currently at truly reflects your professional values. You may have a certain set of core professional values like confidentiality, work recognition or creativity which you cannot compromise upon. Being in a job that aligns with your values can help you find meaning in your day-to-day work.
- Pay attention to the small details of your job
It is quite normal to not like “everything” about your job. But it is important that you like many things about it. Pay close attention to the daily tasks that you have to perform at work. Breaking down your whole job role into smaller nitty gritty details can help you assess what you really want to work upon. It’s the smaller tasks of the day that lead to something big eventually. So if you don’t like the daily work, you will not be satisfied with your job.
- Consider if your current role is contributing to your professional development
Reflect upon whether your current job role is helping you move ahead in your career, at the pace that you wish to have. If the current speed of growth is slower, you might want to accelerate your professional development and here a job switch can help. Understand the needs of the job roles you aim to apply and evaluate if those match with your expectations of career growth in the long run.
- Take part in informational interviews
It might not always be possible to know what your desired job role will entail. Various informational interviews of the role you wish to get into will give you a proper reality check of what your daily work would look like. This will prevent you from regretting later when you actually start working.
- Invest time before considering a new job opportunity
Do your research adequately before making that job switch. Evaluate if what you are seeking elsewhere can be attained by staying in the same organisation. If you have already thought of switching, review the pros and cons of the jobs you wish to apply for.
Whether you are open to opportunities or actively looking for jobs, understanding certain aspects of your job role can help you ascertain if you are headed in the right direction of your professional development.