When to Change Jobs
Time for a change?
If you are in a stagnant industry or simply feel like it’s time to change your work environment, this post will help you prepare for changing jobs.
When ideas of a job change begin to formulate, consider talking to your manager about opportunities and concerns. Is there more to learn? Can you be mentored? Is there an opportunity to invest in training and development programs to expand your skill set? Do you have transferrable skills? Perhaps your current situation can be made better.
If not, determine the requirements for the job you would like to have. Right now, the technology industry is bursting with opportunities and it is a great time for independent consultants and employees to find work in BC. If you are thinking about a move or career change, what does that look like? What kind of company do you want to work for? Are you interested in big or small organizations? Public or private sector? What industry excites you? Do you like the city where you live? Are you willing to relocate for the right opportunity? Are you switching from a permanent role to contracting, or the other way around? The more clarity you have with your requirements, the more confident you will be that you are making the best decision.
If change is what you are looking for, then get out there and network. Most jobs get filled by referrals before they are even posted. So confide in your key contacts that you may be looking and let the universe and the law of attraction work its magic. If you are a strong IT professional, there is a good chance you will be head hunted. Know what questions to ask when you get the call. Before you know it, you will have a number of excellent options to consider.
Whatever you decide, plan ahead, define your requirements, stay true to who you are, and be open to change.