Is it time to start looking for a new job?
As the blur of 2020 is behind us and reality has set in that the pandemic is not going to miraculously disappear by flipping the calendar to 2021, you may be reflecting on your current job, reconsidering a postponed job search, or confronting the reality that it may be time to move on in your career. To add to the typical difficulty of looking for a job at the best of times, living in a global pandemic brings a new perspective to the importance of work and life.
Most people leave their jobs for a handful of reasons: they do not feel there is an opportunity for growth in their current position, they don’t feel appreciated by supervisors or colleagues, or perhaps they feel they are not on the right career path. If you find those reasons are resonating with you, here are some steps you can take before you hit “apply” on a single application.
Identify what your next ideal job is
Spend time deciding what you really want to be doing in your next position. What experiences do you want to expand on and which experiences do you want to leave in your past?
Gather, edit, and update materials
Before you can apply for a job, you need to have materials that reflect why you’re an awesome candidate for your next position.
Talk to trusted members of your network
Float the idea that you’re considering a job change with trusted members of your professional network. Identify who will serve as references once you start applying. It is important to not let this group be too large: only reach out to people you feel could be trusted advisors or sounding boards.
Decide if now is the right time
You don’t always have to actively look to change jobs when you realize you’re unhappy in your current position. Most of the time, there are changes you can make to improve your situation at your current position with a little reflection and proactive action. Asking for a feedback meeting to discuss your goals with supervisors can be a great step. Taking time to set necessary boundaries can be all the difference.
You may be surprised by the order of these steps. Most people just jump into applying for jobs the first day they feel they may want out. However, this is a strategy that is often stressful and time-consuming. Applying for ALL the jobs, without being clear on what job you want or if it is the right time in your personal life to make a change, will just lead you down the well-trodden road of jobs you don’t hate, but don’t feel excited about.
At a time when many industries have been gravely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to be sure you’re making the best decision for you, personally and professionally when considering starting a job search.
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