No longer happy in your current job? Reluctant to go to work in the morning? At certain points in your career, it’s normal to feel like you’re working the wrong job.
There are many reasons for this, including the salary, tasks, colleagues, communication, environment, distance, schedule… and perhaps other considerations you may have in mind.
However, when it comes to changing jobs, it’s vital to set priorities when deciding on a new position. You don’t want to find yourself in the same situation again. You want to improve your situation.
Taking a closer look at your current circumstances will help you determine which positions match your priorities, expectations, and values. Here’s a simple 3-step exercise.
While it may seem like a trivial exercise, drawing up a list of the pros and cons of changing jobs is a great place to start. Note the issues with your current job in one column and its benefits in the other.
Now, rank these pros and cons in order of importance. Doing so will help you set your priorities for your next job and find out where you might be willing to make compromises.
Next, add a final column and jot down a solution for each issue. This exercise will allow you to articulate your expectations in a positive way during a future interview, instead of “complaining” about what went wrong.
For example: if your main issue is micromanagement by your manager, the solution would be to have more autonomy and freedom to carry out your tasks.
Following this exercise, you’ll have a clearer idea of your expectations, and you’ll be in a better position to choose an employer that fits your values.
If you’re not sure whether to take the plunge, why not consider a move to a temporary position, which has many advantages. Temporary jobs allow you to work in a variety of positions and add new skills to your CV.
Even if you browse popular job boards, not all jobs are on them. Recruitment agencies are fortunate to deal with employers they know well.
In this way, the fit between a future employee and a company is based on a global vision of the position, the values and culture of the company, and the expectations of the person hired. This process makes it easier for you to find the right person for the job.
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