Thinking About Changing Jobs? Read This First

Prudential’s 2021 Pulse of the American Worker Survey showed that 25% of respondents would be changing jobs in the next year. Many cited having a flexible work schedule, including the ability to work remotely, as the main reason for switching employers.

If you are considering changing jobs, be sure to think about your reasons and options before taking action. Understanding different issues involved with a job change helps determine whether now is a good time to begin your search.

Implement these tips to determine whether now may be a good time to begin your job search.

Reasons to Change Jobs Now

  • You dread going to work. The thought leaves you anxious and stressed.
  • You lack interest in the position. The motivation, engagement, and challenge are gone.
  • You have no room for advancement. There is no path to your dream job.
  • Your compensation is low. Your employer might not be able to pay you more.
  • Your values do not align with the company’s values. A business restructuring or change in leadership may have modified the company’s core values.
  • Your role is adversely impacting your personal life. Perhaps you lack work-life balance or continually feel stressed about your job.

Reasons Not to Change Jobs Now

  • You have not held the position long. Changing roles every few months or every year may discourage employers who want a new hire to remain long-term.
  • You feel emotional. Take time to calm down and make a logical decision about leaving your position.
  • You lack a plan. It typically is easier to get a role when you already have one.
  • You have no savings to live on. Not having money coming in makes your job search more stressful.

Begin Your Job Search

  • Update your resume and LinkedIn profile. Include your current position, relevant skills, and quantifiable achievements.
  • Partner with a staffing agency. Work with a local recruiter who specializes in your industry.
  • Apply for positions. The recruiter can match you with roles and employers that fit your goals and interests.
  • Participate in interviews. The recruiter can coach you on the hiring manager, company, and more for increased interview success.
  • Accept a job offer. The recruiter can negotiate an attractive job offer on your behalf.

Talk with Your Employer About Leaving

  • Schedule an in-person meeting. Giving your notice should be done face-to-face.
  • Create a timeline for your departure. Two weeks typically is enough time to meet deadlines, finish projects, and let your employer hire a new employee.
  • Assist with the transition. Continue to work on your tasks as you transfer them to the new hire.
  • Participate in an exit interview. Be honest about your reasons for leaving and suggestions for improvement.
  • Give thanks for the opportunity. Let your employer and team know you appreciate the time spent working with them.

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