How do you know when it is best to leave a job?
Many of the people we interact with at Selection Partners are seeking new employment opportunities. Typically we meet; either in response to an advertised role we have placed, or for career transition coaching. Regardless of the manner in which we meet, it’s important that the person is ready to leave their current employer and are committed to making a change.
If you are considering a career move ensure you have covered off all of the following before seeking an alternative employer.
- First explore options internally – if you are feeling dissatisfied with your role, whether that is too much travel, not enough travel, too repetitive, too much change, not enough challenge, too much challenge, etc whatever the reason, have a conversation with someone who can change your role. This may be obvious to many, but believe me, we meet people who if they had had an honest conversation with their Senior Manager or with HR they could have been offered another option rather than having to resign. Have a look within your organisation and explore other roles or lateral moves; broadening your skills looks good on your CV and may provide the job satisfaction you seek. If you enjoy the culture of your existing organisation and feel you have more to give, looking externally may not be the only option.
- Second redesign your role – if there are no other roles internally perhaps you could redesign your existing role somewhat to include activities that interest you more. For example, maybe you can get involved in creating more analytical reports for management, or helping with social media, or redesign quality systems. If you can show your current employer that you can add more value by diversifying your role, this initiative may be rewarded.
- If you are working with people you don’t like – take this as an opportunity to change your behaviour to get a better outcome. All organisations employ people who could be considered challenging, so maybe you could use this as an opportunity to work on self- development and how you are relating to others. You could perhaps decide to reframe your thinking and have some fun trying to approach these people differently. It is possible to turn people around, as people tend to respond to you according to the way you treat them.
If you have explored all these options and you are keen to move, the next step is to get a clear picture on what you want in terms of
- The role & opportunity you require
- The type of organisation & industry you are motivated by
- The culture & values of the organisation that best suits you
- The team and management style you work best with
- The location
- The salary
- The value you can add to an employer
Explore all job search options including; recruiters, direct approaches and networking. Create a plan and work your plan.
Once you find your next role, remember why you resigned if you are counter offered.