When is it Time to Change Jobs?
How do you know when it’s the right time to take the next step in your career? A lot will depend on your professional goals, your life ambitions and priorities. There are a number of different factors to take on board when you are considering a change in your career and these may differ at varying times of your working life.
Is it Time to Change Jobs?
If you feel you are no longer gaining new skills and experience – and you can do your job blindfolded – then you may be ready for a new challenge. There is no rule for when you should or shouldn’t move jobs, but there are certain factors to consider before making that leap. For example, what is the acceptable length of service required within your industry, before changing jobs? Each sector is different as are job levels. Sales or Telesales, for instance, are very transient professions, whereas if you work in an engineering job, you may want to have a good understanding of the sector before moving on.
How Long is Long?
We’ve all heard that changing jobs every year is a ‘career disaster’ but could the opposite also be true? Just like jumping from one job to another can look ugly on your CV, so can staying with one company for years on end. It was always considered admirable if an employee stayed at a company for a long time, proving their loyalty and commitment, but things have changed. Sticking in the same job for a few years could suggest that you are not the perfect employee, but one who is unmotivated and set in their ways. That said, having a stable job with proof of progression within that company is certainly not all doom and gloom when it comes to job seeking, but beware, it can make you extremely comfortable! But, if it’s your first job role then check whether you should stick with it a bit longer, it’s never a bad thing to get more experience under your belt!
What Are You Worth?
Do you feel you are giving more than ever to your employer but receiving little back? If your income has stagnated and you are still earning the same as you were two or three years ago, then you are probably underselling your professional worth. If you would like to find out what the top earners in your profession are earning then consult the annual Robert Half Salary Guide, this will offer insight into how much you should be earning in your chosen profession. The guide provides average salary ranges, projected salary inflation, skills in demand and industry trends. If you discover that you are currently underpaid then maybe it is time for that move?
Your Manager and You
Are you getting the support you need from your manager? Are you being recognised for doing a good job? Are you being micro-managed? Do you struggle to agree on most things with your boss?
When your talent is not valued, it’s difficult to stay motivated, and when your boss doesn’t trust your potential, it’s extremely hard to remain loyal. If you are unable to resolve any of these issues, then leaving your job and looking for pastures new could be your best option.
Some employers are very good at accommodating flexible working requests, while others are not! At some time during your working life you may require additional flexibility from your employer, maybe you need time off due to a bereavement or if you have a young family, you may want to customise your working hours to help with childcare. If your employer is being inflexible and saying no, then you might want to assess your priorities and consider your options.
Happiness = Performance
Have you grown tired of getting up in the morning and going to work for something you don’t believe in anymore? If the answer is yes, then maybe it’s time to move on – your happiness is key to your performance and therefore the advancement in your career. When your career has no meaning, it’s lost its purpose, and when you are not excited about it, then you’ve lost your passion. Seeking out a new role with a different employer may allow you to not only benefit financially but more importantly, personally. If you think you would get greater enjoyment from going elsewhere to work each day that is possibly a good enough reason to target a career change.