Throughout your career there will be moments where you may feel like it is time for a change. But before you embark on a full-fledged job search, it is imperative to reflect on WHY you want to make a change. Being fully aware of your reason for searching for a new position can make a difference in your success.
A new job and a new career are two distinctly different goals; are you looking to change careers or just the company you are working for? Knowing your true motivation will give you clear direction during the job search process.
There are three key questions to ask yourself when determining your why:
- Am I looking for a new environment (better commute, manager, etc.)?
- Can my perfect position exist within my current organization?
- If my field or industry disappeared tomorrow, how would I feel?
The answers to these questions will help you determine if you are looking for a new position at a different organization, or if you are ready to embark on a new career path in a new industry that will utilize your existing skills and unleash untapped passion and potential.
Once your true motivation has been determined, begin the process. Ideally, job searches should be conducted when you are still happy with your current role. Looking for a new opportunity when you are miserable at your present organization puts you at risk for making hasty decisions and potentially jumping into an equally unfulfilling or worse situation.
When passively looking for new opportunities, you are more relaxed and exude confidence. As a passive candidate, it may take a much better opportunity for you to leave your current position. This helps you know your worth and encourages hiring managers to pursue you.
Once you have determined your “why,” apply only for opportunities that interest you. Use this time to hone your interviewing skills. You may find that a new and exciting opportunity will present itself.