How you can stop yourself from choosing the wrong job
I recently posted a blog about why you shouldn’t quit a new job that you hate too quickly but it is of course better not to take the wrong job in the first place. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but here are some tips to reduce the risk:
Make sure you know what you really want in a new job
We have all had times when we have come home from work, fed-up and wanting to quit. When these become an all too frequent occurrence then it may well be time to make the move. Before you brush off your CV (check out our LinkedIn and Twitter for tips on this), have a really good think about why you are unhappy. You need to be really honest with yourself here or it is a pointless exercise. What would need to change to make you happy again? Could that be fixed? It is worthwhile having a chat with your manager, particularly if it is a training or progression issue. If your motives are purely financial then, again, it is worth talking to your manager. If they really don’t want to lose you then they may come up with a counter offer when you hand in your notice so it’s quicker for everyone to have that conversation sooner rather than later. If location is an issue; what about the possibility of adjusted hours or remote working? It is always advisable to see how you can stay in your existing job before looking for a new one.
Make sure you know what your ideal role looks like
This might seem like the same thing as the suggestion above but it isn’t. Once you know what you want to change, you also need to find the solution. If you don’t like your current salary of £30k would it have to go up to £33k or £38k? If you don’t find the role challenging enough are you looking to take on new responsibilities, and if so what; are you looking to change roles entirely or are you looking to increase your seniority. These two lists together will be your checklist moving forwards
Make sure each role makes the changes and offers the solution you want
Quite simply, check each advert off against your list. If it fulfils your requirements, or has the potential to, then apply. You can whittle these down further once you have a full job spec and have spoken to the recruiter and/or HR. At each stage of the process, as you get more information, keep checking against this list. Sometimes you can get carried away focussing on one aspect of the role you really like and forget what made you want to move in the first place. If it doesn’t overcome those issues, you won’t be happy in your new role. The list will help to keep you focussed in the same way that using a shopping list stops you from impulse buying. It is also worthwhile asking yourself “do I really want to do this job in this company” at every stage. If not then the role won’t be right for you.
Unfortunately there is sometimes a flaw in the hiring process. If the recruiter or various different managers aren’t giving you the right information then you are more likely to accept the wrong role. Whilst it is rarely a deliberate attempt to mislead, it is sensible to explore the role fully at interview when it comes to the requirements on your list. Note of caution here; don’t bring up salary too early with the end employer. It can count against you.
No-one wants you to make the wrong decision as it costs everyone involved in the hiring process, including you. If at any stage you are unsure then talk it through with someone; the recruiter, hiring manager or your friends and family. If there is something that you have misunderstood or that can be flexible it’s better to know it as early as possible so you can make an informed decision.
Good luck with the job hunt.
Victoria Watkins is Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as a Recruitment Consultant for 5 years she moved to Office Management for an IT consultancy 6 years ago. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+
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