Did you know that research in the US shows that 73% of workers are considering handing in their resignation in 2022? It looks like that trend will also be mirrored here in the UK, with nearly three-quarters of us considering looking for new work this year.
Are you thinking of being part of the so-called ‘Great Resignation’? New career prospects are exciting, but there are lots of factors to consider before jumping ship.
In this blog, I’ve pulled together seven questions to ask yourself so you can establish whether making a move is the best thing for your career right now. I hope that you find them helpful.
1. Have I been feeling like this for a while?
We all have bad days, weeks, or even months, but there are usually tangible reasons for this. We aren’t getting enough sleep, there’s a stressful deadline looming or we’re working on a project we’re just not that keen on!
However, ongoing chronic unrest is usually a sign that something isn’t quite right and needs addressing. Try to work out how long you have been feeling these negative emotions to fathom out if you’re experiencing short-term irritation or whether drastic action is needed.
I wonder if any of us can actually remember what life was like before COVID! It’s also worth considering if the discontentment you’re feeling could be a result of the last two years. Reduced human interaction, increased digital communication, changes to team dynamics, lack of creativity, the list goes on. These are all possible reasons for something feeling a little ‘off’.
2. What’s the problem?
Once you can put your finger on how long you’ve been feeling unhappy, it’s time to sit down and work out what the problem (or problems) are. There may be one or two huge reasons you can think of, but also think about the smaller things you’re unhappy about. This will help you gain some much-needed clarity and give you a better picture of where you need to concentrate your efforts to make improvements.
3. Have I exhausted all my options?
If you’re fed up with a long commute, have you spoken to your line manager about working remotely or flexibly? If you’re feeling bored and lacking a challenge, have you reviewed your objectives with your supervisor? Perhaps there are secondment opportunities or larger projects you could become involved with.
Try to exhaust all possible options within your current employment before committing to an external job search.
4. Is the company wrong or the job?
The grass isn’t always greener, so before you leap, make sure you’ve done your research to establish if it’s the COMPANY you’re with that’s no longer meeting your expectations or your ROLE
If you feel like the role is no longer right for you, are there any other opportunities available where you work? Sitting down with your line manager to discuss your frustrations and aspirations is a great place to start.
If you feel like it’s the company you’re with that’s not floating your boat anymore, try to pinpoint what expectations you have of a new employer. For example, it could be values better aligned with your own, a more relaxed culture, greater flexibility, more autonomy, or more exciting products or services.
5. Do I have a plan?
If, after some serious soul searching, you decide that it IS time for a change, make sure you have a clear plan about what comes next. Can you afford to leave before securing a new role? Is your CV up to scratch? Are you clear about where you want to be?
First comes the plan, then come the milestones to help keep you on track so that you can realise your dream as soon as possible.
6. How can my network support me?
The world of work is constantly changing, so if you find yourself facing job applications and CV writing after a long break, it could be helpful to call on your network to help you navigate this daunting process.
Friends, family or co-workers may be able to offer CV writing tips, recommend industries or companies to research or help you hone your interview technique. Don’t go through this alone. Sometimes a coffee and a chat with a friend is just what we need for bouncing ideas around, getting concerns off our chests or helping to get things clearer in our minds.
What about your professional network? Perhaps they can help with industry research, introduce you to new contacts or even put in word-of-mouth recommendations on your behalf. New opportunities are often found through this channel – read my blog on using networking to secure your next role to find out more.
7. What’s pulling me?
Congratulations, you’ve applied for a new role, and you’ve been offered the job! Now comes the tricky part of weighing up if it’s right for you at this point in your career.
If you’re desperate to leave an unhealthy workplace, it can be tempting to see a new role through rose-tinted glasses. But remember to consider the WHOLE offer. I’m not just talking about the salary and benefits; I’m also talking about the culture, the values, the work/life balance, the challenges, the opportunities.
It’s important to listen to your heart AND your head on this.
Would you like more clarity and confidence before you hand in your resignation?
To find out more about how I can support you with a career change, please contact me to arrange a free, no-obligation 30-minute consultation.