Why job hunting should never be a rash decision

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Someone we know walked out of their job this week after 37 years. She had been unhappy for a while and finally reached her tipping point. Whilst I think she was very brave doing what she did, I also would definitely not recommend copying her. After a bad day/week/month at work it can be tempting to jack it all in and focus on your job hunt. Even if you don’t quit there and then, how often do people get home that evening and frantically start applying for jobs left, right and centre without even thinking? Starting a job hunt should be a considered move, never a rash decision;

  • It looks bad to hiring managers and recruiters if you leave a role without another one to go to
  • You could end up wasting everyone’s time if you change your mind once you have calmed down. If you have already quit then it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to go back if you decide in the morning you made a mistake
  • Perceived desperation to find a new job may lead to bad decisions and, ultimately, you taking a role you may regret
  • Job hunting can be a slow process. Are you able to support yourself financially whilst looking?
  • Before job hunting, you should take the time to consider what you really want from your next role and never just apply for anything and everything – if you are job hunting on a whim there won’t be time for that

 

It is worth having a chat with your line manager about your frustrations to see if they can help solve them. If, in the cold light of day, you decide you really do want to move roles think about what you like and don’t like about your current role. Is there anything that can be done that would change the things you don’t like? Use your lists to decide what your perfect role looks like and only apply for roles that meet that criteria. It is not just salary that you should consider, think about location, skills and career progression as well. For more advice on how to prepare for a job hunt check out my recent blog post here.

 

 

 

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 LinkedInTwitter or Google+

 

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