5 Things to Know Before You Change Jobs
Posted on December 29, 2014
LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
This time of the year everyone talks about getting better jobs. The problem is that a few months later you check in with these same people and they are as unhappy as ever. They went from bad to worst. The question is how to avoid this situation. The answer is to look before you leap. Here are 5 things to think about before you change jobs.
1. ENTER VERSUS EXIT A JOB
Taking a new job because your hate your current one is a terrible thing for everyone. This is a big red flag for employers. Haters and complainers rarely change their tune. They will soon be dissatisfied at your place and make an early exit. This means a waste of financial and management resources. They also damage team morale. The better path is to enter a new job with clarity, commitment and passion. It sets in motion the best prospects for success for yourself and your new employer.
2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK
If you want to find a place that is the right fit for you, do your homework. Use every available resources to secure a clear view on the strategy and culture of the prospective firm. And then dig deep into the details of the job, team and game plan during your interview process. Interviews are not just about showcasing your skills and track record. They are your last chance to get real time intel on what life will look like at the new firm. If you pick up red flags, you still have a chance to explore other opportunities.
3. PICK GROWTH OR TURNAROUND MARKETS
If your goal is to increase your upward mobility, then pick markets that are growing. And if you are up for the messy and higher risk side of business, then look for undervalued turnaround situations. Both of these environments give you a chance to push yourself, create real value and win the rewards that come with delivering results.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Where is the best place to make a living? Forbes staff Kathryn Dill worked up a list of the best and worst places to both work and play. Factoring in quality of life matters. Securing more income is good, but if you are miserable doing it or you cannot stand your community you have to ask, “What’s the point?” Far better to find a place and firm that is the right fit.
5. POWER OF PURPOSE
Pick a place that lines up with your values and where you think you can make an impact. It is one of the best immunizations against a quarter or midlife crisis. Shared values unlock your ability to do your best work. Employers are beginning to understand that the Millennial generation is driven by purpose and craftsmanship. Advisory firms like the Purpose Generation are helping firms understand this and incorporate it into their recruitment and corporate strategy.
Factoring in these five things takes time. It is an investment. It is worthwhile because finding a job that matches your work and home objectives generates the best dividend year after year: sustained fulfillment.