Starting a job search is a big decision if you already have a current job. Before you start applying to positions, it is important for you to take a few moments and consider your desires and your reason for starting a new job search.
1. Is the grass always greener?
Typically, when an employed person decides to search for another job, something has happened at their current position to instigate this search.
Before you start applying to positions, take a few minutes to think about WHY you want to leave your current position. Has there been a change in management or operations? Do you feel you could make more money at another company? Is the culture not a fit for you?
There could be many different reasons why you have decided to search for another job. However, think about the pros and cons of your current position first. Job hunting can be very time consuming. Is it worth putting in the time and is the grass really greener on the other side?
2. What are you looking for?
If you have decided that you are going to search for a new job, you should take time to figure out what you are looking for in a new position. After all, if you are currently employed, you can afford to be picky when it comes to the type of position you desire.
Are you looking for more money, more responsibility, less responsibility, or a certain type of cultural environment? Make a list of the things that are important to you and use this as a guide during your job search. If you are offered a position, it is important that you know what you are looking for and if the position will be a good fit.
3. Where do you see yourself in the future?
If you are looking for a new position in order to continue your professional growth, it’s important to understand your desires and where you want to be in your professional career. If you are interested in management, make sure you are going after the right opportunities that offer progression into management roles.
On the other hand, if you prefer to stay out of management, it’s best to state this desire during the interview process if it’s addressed. There is nothing wrong with not wanting management responsibility and I promise that you are not the only person with this desire.
What are some reasons why you started searching for a new job? Please share your experiences below.