There will time a time in essentially everyone’s career when they realize they are ready to take their next professional step. If you want to make sure that this process goes smoothly, and results in a positive career move, keep the following steps in mind.
Step 1: Consider Why You Want a Change
More often than not, there is something about your current position that you are dissatisfied with. Maybe you do not have an opportunity for growth. Perhaps you do not like your director’s managerial style. Or you could feel uninspired by your everyday tasks and responsibilities. All of these scenarios – and countless others – are completely valid reasons to start looking for a new job.
That being said, it would probably be wise to see if your issues could be addressed at your current job before looking for something new. As the saying goes, “Better devil you know than the devil you don’t.” If you do decide to move on, just make sure that the problems you are currently facing will not also be a factor in your new position.
Step 2: Update Your Resume
After you take some time to consider what it is that you are really looking for in a new position, tailor your resume accordingly. Play up your experience in the areas that you most enjoy. If you are interested in taking on more of a leadership role, for example, highlight your relevant skills and responsibilities. You should also consider what references you can use that can speak to these specific qualities – just make sure they are aware of what you are trying to achieve.
Step 3: Tap into Your Various Networks
Depending on your unique situation, you may be able to have an open conversation with your current employer and let them know that you are looking for your next opportunity. If not, you may need to be a bit more discreet.
Use your discretion, and let colleagues, friends, and family members know that you are considering your next move. You never know who may have recently heard of an opportunity that you would be perfect for. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on social media community groups and start increasing your engagement – and thus, your exposure.
One Last Piece of Advice
The best thing you can do is to keep an open mind. Even if you get called in for an interview for a position or at a company that you are not really interested in, consider it a learning experience. Talking with potential employers, friends, or even strangers can help you better determine what you are truly looking for. It can also lead to new opportunities that you might not have had otherwise.