Is now the best time to find a new job?
The last few years have brought about a myriad of changes for everyone in a number of ways. Many people found themselves without jobs, changing roles at work, or adjusting to working from a home office. While some change is unavoidable, you may have found yourself wondering if now is the best time to find a new job. Read on for some things you should consider before taking the next step.
Know your reasons
Why do you want to leave your current job? Is the commute too far? Does your boss have it out for you? Are you just tired of your industry? Determining your “why” can help you decide if you need to make a big change. If you’re overworked right now because your job is in its busiest season, give it a few weeks and see if you still feel like quitting after your workload has eased up a little. The phrase “never quit on your worst day” is a good one to keep in mind for this decision.
Decide where to go next
A paycheck is a paycheck, even if your work is really starting to weigh on you. This means that you are certainly free to look for a new job but take the time to consider where you want to wind up at the end of your search. Are you looking in an entirely new field? Are you hoping to stay in the same city? These practical answers can help you achieve your career dreams and allow you to make a more informed choice.
Wait for an offer
Working at a job you hate is really hard—but it’s not as hard as suddenly going without a regular paycheck. We are all for the idea of you seeking a new place of employment, but you should have a solid offer in place—in writing—before you actually give your two weeks’ notice. Even if a job is offered to you by your best buddy, they need to provide an offer you can sign before you make any final decisions.
Check on your budget
By now, you’re probably a budget expert. You know what you’re bringing in what’s going out, and how much is left over. Before you decide to change everything up by taking a new job, review your budget to make sure you understand how much you need to bring home to maintain your current lifestyle. You should also factor in the possibility of a gap between your last paycheck at your old job and your first paycheck at your new job to make sure no necessary expenses will go unpaid.
Make a goal
We talked about knowing why you want to leave your current job, but it’s also important to know what you expect out of your next job. Many people have an ideal job setting or career in mind that may exist somewhere, but that doesn’t mean your dream job is hiring. Make some small, measurable goals that you want to achieve through this new job and look for employment that will set you on the path to making your hopes a reality.
Recognize the requirements
Let’s say you’re a dancer who has always dreamed of being a teacher. You have skills in multiple areas, and no one can do an arabesque like you can. But before you fully commit to this change, make sure you know exactly what is required of you to start your new career in the classroom. This is true across all industries—many jobs require specific education, certifications, or test scores (or all three) before you can be eligible to even apply for a new position. Knowing the requirements will help make a realistic plan.
Talk it out
We don’t recommend shouting about your job search from the rooftops. But you might consider talking to a trusted friend (ideally one who isn’t a coworker) about your career change. You could also look into speaking with a career coach or counselor who can help you decide what job would suit you best, along with giving you an understanding of what type of salary and benefits you would be looking at. Being prepared is always a good step to take before making a big decision like this.
Check out the benefits
Does your current job provide the health benefits for your family? If so, you will want to look at the benefits a new job can offer you to make sure you have all your needs covered. Take an extra-close look at your potential new insurance to see if it covers the specialists and potential procedures you or your family could need. Of course, you will also want to make sure the pay is comparable (if not better) to ensure your budget needs are still met.
Finding a new job can be daunting, but it can also be done! Work smart and put in the time it takes to not only find a new job, but to find the career and environment that will allow you to grow until you retire.
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