Changing jobs can be a painful experience, especially if there is nothing particularly wrong with the one you already have and you are in a position of responsibility and need to support a family and pay bills. However, the temptation to move to a job more suitable for you, offers better opportunities for promotion and greater pay can be great. If you are in two minds about whether to change jobs or not, there are a number of factors you need to consider before making your final decision.
Are you ready for a change of employment? Is opportunity knocking at your door? Is it time to move on? What if you do, and it doesn’t work out?
Assess if Changing Jobs is good:
You need to look at the job you currently have and assess it
Consider whether you are happy with the opportunities your job is likely to give you over the next twelve to twenty-four months. If there are ways you could move up the corporate ladder and stay with the same organisation, then it is worthwhile talking to your boss about the steps you need to take. You should also sound him out about the chances of promotion within your time limit; if he knows there are unlikely to be any promotions for the foreseeable future, then it may be time to move on.
Listen to people whose judgment you respect
Try not to pay too much attention to random opinions from acquaintances. People tend to have very strong feelings around issues of security, and those feelings might not be your own. Some people might be appalled that anyone would leave their job when the economy is bad. The thought might make them feel so anxious that they come down very hard on you for even thinking about changing jobs. Unless you share their sense of panic, their advice probably won’t be very useful for you.
Think about your family
If you can’t afford to take the chance because you have a family or some other reason that is holding you back, it probably isn’t good to change jobs when you are unsure of the outcome. Others are relying on you to take care of them. If you, for some reason, end up not being able to do that, you will have more stress on you than you have ever had before. It simply won’t be worth the risk.
Another thing to consider is your own assessment of your likelihood of success at the new job
Do you really, truly have the skills necessary to succeed? Are you a honestly a quick study? Are you personable and charming? These are all things that can make or break your foray into an new job.
Changing jobs to avoid interpersonal conflicts is generally unwise
The same patterns have a way of recurring after the “geographical cure”. It is better to invest in learning creative new ways of dealing with workplace issues.
Why do you crave a change?
Be ruthlessly honest with yourself. If you want to move up because you are feeling inferior to your neighbor who seems to be doing better than you are, you are setting yourself up for self-sabotage. Impressing your friends, acquiring new toys, placating your spouse, or making your grandmother’s dream come true are not solid reasons for investing yourself in a new career.
Finally, you should talk this out with anyone who might be affected by your decision. If you are taking a risk that could affect your family, listen carefully to what they have to say.