Find yourself gazing wistfully out the window during work? Wondering if the grass is greener elsewhere? Changing jobs is a daunting proposition, and many people find themselves contemplating a move long before they actually take action. To make a successful job transition, you need to have clear expectations on what you’re looking for and the resolve to see the process through completely.
Know why you’re ready to leave your current company.
Are you burnt out? Underpaid? Not a good culture fit? The first step in your job search is to clearly lay out why you want to leave your current position. By having a list put together you give your search focus and clarity – you’ll know what you’re trying to improve and what you want to avoid in your next role. Sometimes having clarity of purpose is all it takes to kick into gear and start looking.
Define what it is you’re seeking.
There are many factors to consider here. Are you set on a specific industry? Do you want to be part of a small or large team? Are you looking for autonomy or a supportive team environment? Is a flexible schedule important to you? The job market is strong right now, with more openings than we’ve seen in years, so to make the most of your search you have to be able to identify the best opportunities for you. When you know what you’re looking for you can identify prospective companies more effectively and prepare better questions to evaluate each opportunity.
Prioritize what’s most important to you.
The odds of finding the perfect job that fulfills all your needs is pretty low. You’ll undoubtedly have to make concessions. This is why it is essential to know not just what you’re pursuing, but what is most important to you. Do you value compensation over career advancement? How valuable is company culture to you? By having a clear hierarchy established you’ll have an easier time making a decision when the time comes. You don’t want to be making these decisions under the pressure of a job offer, so make sure you’ve done your best to rank what matters to you ahead of time.
Get Outside Help.
A job search is a very time-intensive task – take the load off by enlisting help. Reach out to your professional network (discretely) and align yourself with a couple of recruiters who work in your field. Having that extra help to keep an eye out for new positions will cut your work down and ensure that you don’t miss out on any good opportunities.
Careful mental preparation is essential to a successful job search. If you haven’t identified what you’re looking for you may end up wasting valuable time and resources on positions you have no interest in accepting. It may require a lot of work, but being happy in your career is worth every step.