How to Judge When Changing Jobs is Right for You
Making your mind up that changing jobs is a good idea usually doesn't happen overnight but is decided upon over time. Never resign over an angry moment at the workplace or in a fit of pique. Stay calm and decide to move on when the time is right for you. Good reasons to consider changing jobs are:
- Being bored. If you are finding work unchallenging, then you can always ask for more responsibilities, but if these are not forthcoming, then perhaps a move is right for you.
- Being overworked. Too much pressure can lead to health problems in the long run. Heavy workloads can be managed for a while, but over extended periods they are no fun and you may want to think about quitting.
- Corporate culture. If something has changed in the way things are being done, especially if your sense of moral values no longer fits, then it may be time to look for opportunities elsewhere.
- No career path. Perhaps you have been passed over for promotion or the company is too small to offer career advancement. If you see no way of progressing your career, then look at how you might do so within another organisation.
- Unmatched skills. It could be that what you have studied and trained for is not being utilised in your current role and you want to find work doing what you have been educated in.
- Location issues. If you commute a long way to work or need to move further away for personal reasons, then looking for employment closer to your home is a perfectly sensible reason for changing jobs.
- Change of lifestyle. Sometimes changing jobs comes down to altering your lifestyle. Perhaps you want to work in another sector entirely or maybe you simply want a job with reduced hours to accommodate your preferred work-life balance.
- Salary matters. You might feel you deserve to earn more pay for what you do at your current job or feel there are better paying jobs you could get. Either way, wanting to earn more is a perfectly understandable motive for switching to another employer.
- Manager malaise. If you don't get on with your boss, then turning up to work can be stressful. Try to work things out between you, but if this is impossible, consider looking for other employment prospects.
- Contractual issues. Sometimes you may want to move on because a fixed-term contract is coming to an end. Perhaps your employer wants to downgrade your employment terms and conditions as well – another good reason to depart.
The Timing of Changing Jobs
When it comes down to it deciding to leave may be a question of, “If not now, when?” However, rushing into change for change's sake is rarely advisable. Pick your moment to leave. This means taking into consideration any notice period that you may be obliged to offer as well as thinking about leaving on good terms – perhaps at the end of a project rather than mid-way through one.
When leaving a job you ought to try to do so amicably. This way you will be able to obtain a good reference for your new job and stay in touch with old colleagues, a good tip if you want to build a professional network of contacts.