Recognizing the right time to consider a new job or career change is an important step in everyone’s professional development.

Ask yourself … do you still enjoy getting up in the morning and going to work? How long have you been with your existing employer? Will it look like you are job-hopping? Lastly, should you start looking while still employed, or first leave your current position? These are essential questions that need to be addressed while considering a new job.

The first step is to speak with your significant other. It’s important that they are in agreement and supports your decision to move on.

The majority of recurring agencies recommend you consider a simple checklist to assist with your decision.

Take the time to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does your current job provide you with a low degree or high degree of job security?
  • In my current position how long will it take to advance?
  • Are their positive opportunities you are overlooking?
  • How about negative opportunities such as technology changes, or future trends that will force job layoffs?
  • Your relationship with management – your relationship with your superior can be a significant reason to consider a new job. Do they respect you? In you’re past job performance interviews were you satisfied with the results… were you treated fairly?
  • Salary – Everyone puts importances on salary; rightfully so, however, you should also consider related items such as travel and benefits. Are you expected to travel several times per month or weekends without be enumerated?
  • Does your present employment include a strong or moderate benefits package? In today’s working environment, of course you have paid vacation days, but how about sick leave and personal days, insurance or dental plan. Does it cover your spouse and children? How about maternity and paternity leave. Is it the industry norm, or are there additional benefits to consider?

 

Update your resume (CV). If it’s been a while since you have done so, seek professional help. If you use your company email as your personal email address, open a Gmail or similar account without delay, and use it for all your future correspondences. Also you may want to consider a headhunter or recruiting firm.

Make sure you research the new job offers and fully understand the commitments being asked of you.

Next step … get a haircut, a new pair of shoes, be positive and get yourself out there!