January. For most, ’tis the season for shedding those Christmas pounds, taking down the decorations and setting resolutions. For most in work, ’tis the season for "hitting the ground running", "new year, new targets" and starting to think about a career move.
Naturally, it is the last of these we’re going to look at today. How do you know if you should make a career move, and how do you go about it?
Let’s start with three indicators that mean you should at least start looking at a move:
1. You’ve been back at work since the 3rd of January - and you’re already miserable
While this could just be a case of the January Blues, this can actually be quite an important indicator. If you’re hitting that snooze button a little longer than usual and struggling to get firing on all cylinders you should LISTEN TO YOUR BODY and see if the next two indicators apply to you.
2. Your role isn’t pushing you and you aren’t learning
This is the most important factor to keep your career momentum going over the long term. Life is about learning, and it starts from day zero. Considering how much time we all spend at work, if your job consists of 90% routine and 10% new experiences, your long term growth and future job options are both decreasing.
3. You’re not paid what you believe you are worth, and don’t see a clear path upwards
While salary isn’t the be all and end all of employment, it is a very important factor. It may be common practice to sacrifice short term salary for long term gain, but if you are not paid what you are worth and do not have a clear path to get there, frankly it is time to look at the market to make a move or arm yourself for salary negotiation. Sliips is a good place to start here!
Yes, Yes and Yes? Time to look at a career move! Here are three top tips on how to go about it.
1. Get Scientific
You have the tools and the data! Write down your full skill set and look through job roles that match these. Think about what you like in a companies' culture and research companies thoroughly. Most importantly, when looking at job roles - do NOT be put off by the job description. People that meet the entire job description often only live in Imagination Land. Some say you can go as low as a 30–35% match to the essential skills.
This could be an especially important point if you are a woman. Research shows women tend to only apply when they match close to 100% of a job description, where men tend to apply at 60%.
2. Use Your Network
As you close in on a number of job roles and companies, look through your network and reach out to people in the role, industry and company to ask questions and get their opinion. Important information will be the minimum you get out of this, while a job referral could just be a coffee away.
3. Consider Brexit
I hate to go here as I’m sure we’ve all already heard enough, but Brexit is already splitting opinion in the recruitment industry. While there was an initial flurry of activity post-Referendum (which has since calmed down), nobody knows what will happen post-Article 50. Should you leave now before recruitment budgets are slashed? Should you wait and see how things are once the dust settles? How long will it take for the dust to settle?
Really the answer will depend on industry and company, so do some research! One key tip from the hiring side is that the confusion is likely to result in budget tightening while investment decisions are delayed.
I hope this has all been of some help if you are considering making a career change in 2017. One final way to help yourself is by signing up for Sliips. The data collected can help with getting scientific, and help you find out if you are being paid fairly.
We are also looking out for new ways to help people with their career. If you’re interested in a career move, get in touch and you could become an Alpha tester of our future career tools.
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