When is it time to leave?
It’s always a hard decision to make: if/when to move on from your job. There are several factors to consider when making this critical decision. In this article I’ll discuss some of the important things to evaluate before taking the plunge.
What do you like about your current job/company?
Almost like a list of pros and cons, think of all the things you enjoy about your current job and company. Do you have a great team? Does the location work really well for you? Are the benefits good? Do you have a great working relationship with your boss? Do you have flexibility in terms of working hours/working from home? Think about these things and how important they are to you.
Are you satisfied?
Do you look forward to going to work in the morning? Or are you constantly clock-watching waiting for the day to end? Consider what satisfaction looks like to you. Money. Progression. Title. Culture. Future of the company. Do these things make you happy to think about in your current role?
Are you being challenged?
Some people love a role where they can come in, do their thing, and go home. They don’t need challenging to keep them motivated, they derive satisfaction from other factors. Other candidates need constant challenging to keep them engaged. Are you the kind of person that needs a challenge or a project to stretch you? Do you enjoy the problem-solving aspects of the position? Or does that kind of thing stress you out? If you enjoy the challenge, are you getting it in your current role?
Do you have a work-life balance that you’re happy with?
Consider your commitments outside of work: friends, family, hobbies, partner etc. Does your job allow you to enjoy these things too? Or do you stay at the office too late, work too hard and don’t have enough energy to do anything at the weekends other than sleep? If you live to work rather than working to live, this is a problem to address.
Are you being paid enough for the job you’re doing?
What is the market rate for your role? One way to figure out your market rate, is to take a look at job boards and have a look at what similar roles are looking to pay for candidates with similar qualifications and experience as yourself within the same industry. Take this as a rough guideline, how does it match up to your current package?
If there’s one thing here that you feel isn’t quite right, it’s worth asking if you’re current company is willing to consider it. There’s no harm in taking your employer facts about the current market rate for your role and asking for a pay rise, worst thing they can say is no. That gives you an opportunity to ask what you can do to achieve that salary, then you can consider if it’s a reasonable consideration for you. It’s not an ultimatum, it’s a discussion, your manager will appreciate the research you’ve put in and the openness to discuss it rather than grumbling to colleagues.
If there are several things that don’t hit the mark for you, it might be time to move on. The best way to go about it would be to evaluate all these factors and figure out which are the most important to you. Once you have an idea of what’s most important to you, you’ll know the right role when you find it.
Take the time to explain these things to the recruiter you’re working with. The more they know about you and the things that are important to you in your next role, the better they’ll be able to help you.
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