Time For a Career Change?

Career Change

How do you know if its time for a career change?  Making a move is nerve-wracking, but staying in a job because it’s comfortable or you are afraid of making a change is no good either.  We spend too much time at work for it not to be engaging.  If you aren’t building your professional skills, your career can come to a screeching halt.

Just so we’re clear, changing jobs doesn’t mean that you necessarily need to leave your current company.  If you work for a large enough organization and you are happy there, consider moving vertically or laterally.  Lateral moves allow you to gain new skills, depth, and experience other challenges without having to learn an entirely new corporate culture.

Here’s how to you know if you’re ready to take the next step in your career:

You are unhappy at work

The number one sign that it’ time to make a career change is if you are genuinely unhappy at work. First, ask yourself what is it that makes you unhappy.  Is it that you are unhappy with the work that you are doing, or the organization you work for?  If you love the company and people but don’t like your job,  consider moving into a different position to try out something new.  On the other hand, if you’re unhappy with the organization it’s probably time to find a better fit externally.

You are too comfortable

You might be stagnant if you have you been doing the same job for more than two years without any different challenges at work.  You’re so familiar with the work statement that you can do it in your sleep.  When your job is comfortable, you are probably not furthering your development.  If you’ve asked for stretch assignments and they haven’t come through, it’s a good indicator that it’s time to go.

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If you’ve been in a job for an extended period without any promotions, your salary might not have kept up with the market.  You might have acquired new skills or education, and you’re not being compensated for them.  Do some salary research for your local market on Glassdoor or PayScale to get a general idea of the range for your position.  If you’re otherwise happy in your job, first try to negotiate for a higher salary with your manager. That doesn’t work it’s probably time to brushing up on your interview skills.

 You have outgrown the company

You know you’ve outgrown the company when you don’t see a viable career path moving forward.  Maybe it’s a small business and there isn’t room for more movement from your current role.  If you’ve outgrown the company, its wise have an honest conversation with your leader to explain the situation.  While they’ll be sad to lose you, they’ll likely recognize the issue as well.

You’re ready for a significant change

You want to switch industries or move into an entirely different career path, and you’re willing to make the leap of faith.  If this is you, congratulations on following your dreams.  While it’s not easy to break into a new career path, it can be incredibly rewarding to do something you love.  Be sure to update your resume to target the new position and try to identify interview stories that demonstrate the skills needed in the role.

Regardless of why you are leaving an organization, it’s important to remain on good terms with your employer if possible.  You never know when circumstances change in the future.  Business alumni groups are a good way to stay engaged and leave the door slightly ajar for future opportunities that may better fit.

If you’ve come to the decision that it’s time for a change and you’d like some assistance making that transition, we can help.  Give us a call at (206)289-0358 or send us an email at info@soundinterview.com for a free consultation.

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