WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK FROM MAKING THE MOVE?
By Jamie Caulfield
Starting to search for a new role is a big decision. For some, it may be very clear that the time has come to move on but for many there could be a number of different factors to take into account before polishing up your CV and searching for that dream next move.
Some people take between 12 months and two years before taking the steps to make the change. Whilst it may be good to think through your options, is there something holding you back and making you stay?
Have you got your feet well and truly under the table?
In your current role you know what you are doing and you are getting paid a good salary. But it may no longer offer you a challenge and your heart just isn’t quite in it anymore. You are comfortable – it may seem like the easy option to just carry on, but long term you could become increasingly dissatisfied with your position, your confidence will decrease and that dream role gets further and further out of reach.
What if you make the wrong decision?
This can be tricky, especially if you are not majorly unhappy but you know that to take the next step in your career a change will be necessary. Have a chat to a specialist recruiter who can help you to understand what you want to achieve in the longer term and map out the steps to achieve your goals.
Do you think you would be letting your boss or colleagues down?
Loyalty is important and is highly valued by employers and employees alike. You may have had a great opportunity before but if you can’t see where to go in your current company, it could be time to look elsewhere. It is difficult to leave behind team members – particularly if you have worked with them a long time and consider them friends. You may feel guilty that your departure could add to the workloads of others but remember, nobody is irreplaceable and you may open up new opportunities for others.
Could you be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire?
What if my next job is not better than the one I’ve got? Look at what you don’t like about your current position – separate the role itself from the company and who you work with. A different organisation may be a better fit for you culturally or you may like to develop more in-depth knowledge within specialist areas.
Do you think you are too busy to look for a new job?
Searching for a new role can be time consuming and potentially difficult to find opportunities to attend interviews around your current employment. Research which recruitment experts specialise in your sectors – they will work hard on your behalf and be a useful conduit between yourself and potential employers.
What if you are rejected?
It’s only natural to not want to experience rejection but instead of letting that hold you back, research the role and prepare careful responses to demonstrate your knowledge and experience. Put yourself in a practice interview situation to hone your skills – and bear in mind that interviews are a two way process so it’s a much about you finding out if the opportunity and company is right for you.
Arrange an informal appointment with an experienced recruitment consultant who will discuss with you the opportunities available and offer confidential career advice which can help you come to the right decision.