Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Changing jobs

We all change career at one point or another. It's a way to progress and personally develop within the industry of your choice. I think it's very rare that people stay in their first job for the remainder of their work life, but that's not to say there aren't those rare few that do. For example, Gary's dad.. he stayed with his company from the age of 16 until he retired last year. That's definitely someone who had job satisfaction which is what we all aspire for. Am I right? 


The reason for this post is that I have moved jobs a few times in my career, with the end goal always being progression with aspirations of reaching that pinnacle position or should I say the top. I wanted to share this post because I am still in the midst of where I see myself in the next few years. I am still working my way up and figuring out how to get there. Like everything, it's a learning curve.

It can be hard to 1) find a job you like 2) get the interview for that job and 3) hand in your notice at your current position. 

I thought it would be nice to offer my advice to you all regarding these three things. 
FIND A JOB YOU LIKE

It's important to work, but it's also important to work for a company that appreciate you and also provide you with job satisfaction. There is nothing worse than waking up every morning and dreading going to work. What I have found from experience is that job hunting can be stressful and also extremely competitive. There are many stages to the process and the first is actually applying for a job you could see yourself in. 

1. Read the job description provided
2. Match the job to your own personal skills
3. Make sure your CV is suitable for that job before applying
4. Prepare a covering letter - make sure this reflects your skills (match them to the JD)
5. APPLY!

GET THE INTERVIEW

Okay, so this part is easier said then done. If it is really the opportunity that you want, follow up with the recruiter. Make them aware that you feel you're perfect for the job, provide them with the reason why. The only thing they can say is no, so what do you have to lose. 

HANDING IN YOUR NOTICE

If you have been lucky and bagged yourself the job, you have to go through the process of handing in your notice at your current position. I do have some advice on this as I know the process can be somewhat difficult. Especially if you like the people you work with. 

First of all, before you hand in your notice make sure you have received the contract for your new position. The job isn't yours until that contract has been signed and sent to you. 
You will then have to write a resignation letter. This is really straight forward, but if you have never written one of these before then I find this site to be useful: Resignation Letters 

Once this is written and printed, make sure you sign the letter under your name and hand it in to whomever is your manager and the head of HR. 

Remember to keep your letter to the point and professional. You want a good reference from past employers so it's always nice to end things on a good note.

This was the hardest process for me, I like the people I work with and I felt that I was going to disappoint by leaving. Sometimes, you have to make the hard decision and do what's best for you. My new job is such an exciting opportunity that will not come around again, so I grabbed it with both hands. I am very career focused and this is my chance to progress and develop to the level that I want. 

If you are in this situation, but you're is two minds about what to do.. the best way to make a decision is 'Would you regret not taking the job in 2 months time?' 

I hope this helps you all and if you have any questions let me know in the comment box! 
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