4 Lessons for Changing Jobs
What to consider when thinking of career moves during a global pandemic
Covid-19 has forced many of us to re-assess our priorities in life while providing ample time to reflect on what is really important to us, leading many to think about change.
When your life is turned upside down and you are restricted from seeing friends and family, you’re working from home or been given reduced hours or perhaps furloughed, your holidays have been cancelled and your usual self-care rituals of sport, shopping or socialising have been cut off, it creates ample time to think about life and what’s really important.
For anyone finding a new sense of self in these weird times or want to re balance their life priorities, it’s near to impossible to do that without considering work. It’s where you spend the majority of your waking time and energy.
For anyone who is considering a career move, here are some tips to consider:
Keep your finger on the pulse and alert to potential opportunities. If you decide to make a move then staying aware of new opportunities means:
- You’ll have an idea of how good or poor the job market is for you
- You can be inspired by opportunities that are out there, that you hadn’t considered
- You can benchmark your experience and profile to those detailed in the jobs that you want
- You may be able to benchmark your value, if salary scales are disclosed in the job adverts
Never Make a Rash Decision
You don’t decide to change jobs because of one bad day or week. This is a big change for you and like all decisions this takes time and careful consideration. We are living in those ‘unprecedented’ times after all and economic uncertainty can threaten career progression. If you’re having an “I’m gonna quit” moment, then give yourself a cooling off period.
Keeping your finger on the pulse also gives you a healthy dose of reality and the practicalities of making a career move. You can be better prepared to make that move if you are better aware of the labour market and where you want to go.
If you’re ready for a career move and you know the direction you want to go in, then buy yourself time. You don’t have to move jobs this week or month. Play the long game and craft your existing job around where you want to go next. Use your existing job to fill gaps in your CV and spend time developing new skills and experiences to match where you want to go next. If you can’t get those experiences in your work considering volunteering or a side hustle.
Be Guided by Your Strengths and Values
I’ve coached people who have come to me at ground zero, they want a change but have no idea where to go to next. There is a world of opportunity out there and while that brings a lot of potential moves it can be overwhelming. With clients I coach from a place of strengths and values to identify potential career moves to make sure that whatever comes next for a client aligns with their desires be it financial, for a work-life balance, to feel the impact of what they do, to be people focused, to work with their hands, to travel or whatever else makes work a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Robbie Stakelum is a Career Coach supporting his clients in Career Development and ii) Career Change. If you would like to learn more about his coaching practice you can join his mailing list, book a free discovery call, purchase his Goal Getters 2020 Workbook or connect with him on LinkedIn or Instagram.