Taking the decision to change your job, and selecting a new or different career path can be one of the most stressful experiences you can face. While this can be a daunting process, by talking to the right people, doing enough planning, and with the appropriate support you can be sure you are making the right choice.
Deciding to make a move in your job, can come about for a number of reasons. Reasons may include needing to gain greater experience to facilitate a longer term career goal, to much more emotive issues such as a missed promotion or salary increase.
In general, many people have an idea of their ideal career path and where they want to get too, although if you are having a tough time working this out, it is certainly worth taking the time to speak to a recruitment specialist. After speaking to a consultant you will be in a good position to consider your longer term goals, work out what you enjoy doing, and make the most of some professional and external input into the planning process.
Once you have a clear plan it’s much easier to understand the steps you need to take in addition to the experience and skills you need to gain. Every new job you decide to take should bring you closer to your objective, and whilst you wont necessarily need to change jobs to further your career you always need to be mindful of what your goal is.
As well as external relationships with a consultant, your internal relationships are also important; you need to try and engineer an open relationship with your direct line manager and always be clear about where you want to go so that you have as much visibility as possible to internal as well as external possibilities.
You should view your career as a serious of steps towards a clear goal, some of these might involve moving companies and some will not but each one needs to add to your skill base and take you closer to your end goal.
The benefit of a recruitment consultant
It’s often helpful to seek outside input, should you feel that it might be time to consider your options, and by building a good relationship with a professional recruiter you can be in procession of an external view to assist your decision making.
Good recruiters will seek to develop a relationship with you for the long term and will not just push you into a move but will seek to develop a knowledge of your career goals and aspirations enabling you to work in partnership when the time comes to seek a fresh opportunity.
A good recruiter will be able to help you gain visibility in the market in terms of an overall picture of the market, advice on what certain companies are doing and the all important view on remuneration; hence the better the relationship you have the more you can both gain.
Cultivate this relationship and ensure you have one or two trusted advisors in the market and they will look after you, ensure they make you aware of key movements as you can both help each other.