It may seem like a very basic point but you need to be crystal clear in your own mind about the key underlying reasons for the perceived desire to change job in the first place. It is a very personal matter – it is your decision to make and no one else’s. This initial step has to be dealt with before you even consider what types of jobs are available on the market. In order to do this effectively we have to go back to basics and make a few useful comparative lists. Therefore you need to do the following:
- firstly, list all of the benefits and various aspects that you really enjoy about your current job, employer, company etc. and the various elements that you would miss if you were to leave. For example, this could include anything from the nature of the work itself, daily interactions, working hours, benefits package, work colleagues, type of work environment (e.g. open plan v having your own office) and flexibility available in the role (if any).
- secondly, create a list outlining (honestly!) what you will not miss about your current job should you leave and note any other external elements which may be impacting on your current job satisfaction. For example, long working hours, lack of career progression, feeling undervalued, concerns about remuneration, negative work environment etc. You should also include on this list any significant personal life changing events which might have occurred recently and now impact on certain aspects of your current job which weren’t in existence before. For instance, have you moved house which now is a greater distance away from your workplace? Has your partner changed jobs and is he/she now commuting long distances to a different part of the country? Have you children that you now need to collect at a certain time from childcare or children that you now need to care for on a part time basis each week due to rising childcare costs? Do you have an ill family member that you may now be required to care for on a more frequent basis? Each job seeker’s personal circumstances are going to vary widely.
These are all things that have to be considered at the outset as to ignore them would be futile. Ultimately these lists should highlight the root cause(s) for wanting/needing to move on to pastures new. More often than not it’s most certainly not just about the money and sometimes the items that are causing a problem/difficulty can simply be addressed by your current employer without ever needing to change job. It might just be a case of sitting down with your employer to discuss your concerns.