Is It Time To Move On?? How To Prepare For Your Job Search…
As a professional recruiter who has been working and recruiting professionals in the environmental, engineering and construction industries for over 18 years now at Webuild Staffing, I have talked with many candidates that are debating whether it maybe time to find a new position and move on…
If you do not enjoy getting up in the morning to go to work, feel like you are underutilized in your current role, bored, stressed out or simply stuck in a position with no upward mobility; it may be time to consider your options..
Making the decision to leave your current job to find a new one is not a decision to be taken lightly; just do not quit and go home. Finding a new job takes planning, goal setting and strategic timing to assure you maximize all the benefits you need to find your next career opportunity any minimize the effects of the transition for your family.
First, keep your current job!!! Do not quit, unless it is absolutely necessary. Candidates searching for a job that are currently employed have a far better chance in landing a new job than a candidate that is unemployed.
Second, define what you are seeking in your next career opportunity. Is it more responsibility? Do you want to manage people? Do you want to be highly challenged? What location do you want to work in? Are you ok with traveling? What are your salary goals? Think about what motivates you, the work you enjoy and write down your goals before starting to look for a new job.
Third, have your resume professionally written, clean up your social media accounts and take stock of who you know and what professional opportunities maybe available in the marketplace. Research you current employer’s resignation policy or any employment contracts you may have to assure you make a smooth transition.
Fourth, apply for jobs, contact employers and begin your job search. As you maybe currently employed you will want to keep your job search as confidential as possible. Only provide references to potential employers when they are truly interested and ready to make a hiring decision.
Fifth, when you do obtain your next career opportunity; resign with grace. Do not talk bad about your past employer, be courteous. Write a resignation letter giving your two weeks’ notice, thank people and move on. You may need a reference in the future from this employer, so keep things positive. Besides working for them allowed you to obtain your next career opportunity.
Following these simple five steps will assure you will transition to your next career opportunity, easily and efficiently with as little disruption to your family life as possible.
Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing (www.webuildstaffing.com). To learn more about Michael or Follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com