The 5 questions you should ask yourself before changing jobs

The 5 questions you should ask yourself before changing jobs



Sometimes, certain situations make us evaluate a possible change of work . Either because you're not comfortable with your current company or looking for an improvement in your working life.

The uncertainty that causes a change  may generate fear and prevent us from making a change in our professional life. However, we must be objective and assess all relevant aspects so as not to lose any positive opportunity for our career.

Before taking the step, ask yourself these 5 questions to assess if it is time to change jobs:

1. What is your professional goal?
The first question that you will have to ask yourself will be your professional objective, what you want to achieve in your work life . Do you want to become the head of your department? Do you want to change to a new professional sector? Are you just looking to earn a good salary? Whatever your goal, define it and keep it very present during these 5 questions.

Now transfer it to your current work situation . At what point are you? How is your current company helping you achieve your goal? Or, on the contrary, how could the future company help you to fulfill it? It may be that the new company does not exactly meet your expectations, but it is a relevant step to get closer to your goal. Value it

2. Why do you want to change jobs?
In all jobs we can find conditions and responsibilities that we like more or less. However, we must assess whether these shortcomings are important enough to want to change jobs.

Before proposing a change, make sure if your company can offer the change you are looking for. A new salary or schedule, a change of department or assume new functions, among others. Many times, the ignorance on the part of the company of your concerns can lead to the non-satisfaction of the worker. Now it will be time to talk to the human resources department . Plan for the changes you would like to obtain. Of course, always with respect, honesty and confidentiality.

3.  What does the new company offer you?
Does the work schedule fit your needs? Does the salary meet your expectations? Are the functions right for you? Are your future partners of your liking?

The Internet can give you all the answers  of how the new company is, who forms it, the clients with whom they work ... But it will be in the job interview when you can ask specific questions to the company . You can also see the work environment, how the company is distributed or the work spaces available.

Check out Linkedin. You may know someone who works or has worked there . Now it will be time to ask about your experience. Your opinion can give you a lot of valuable information.

4.  What consequences does the change of work entail?
Changing jobs is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Your work routine, your responsibilities, your co-workers ... everything will change. It will be time to sit down and assess the consequences , both negative and positive, that you could have with a job change.

Starting in a new company carries some risks, but also many new opportunities that you can not let escape only out of fear. You may stop having some job stability, but at the same time you have a great step in your professional career. For that reason, it is essential that you reflect and value yours about this possible change.

5. And the definitive question: is it worth changing jobs?
After the previous 4 questions, it will be much easier for you to take stock of your current work situation and assess the reasons that (do not) hold you back in the company.

Analyze the pros and cons of your current company, but also of the future company. Consider your work objectives and  the aspects that are relevant to you , such as salary, schedule, type of contract or vacation days. But also the opportunities for growth, if you have the option of training or if you can  relocate to other cities . Analyze the most important aspects for you and annotate them so that it is easier to assess it. In this role will be the answer to your decision.

If you decide to change jobs ...
It is important that you communicate your decision with time and, if possible, collaborate in the training of the new worker who will replace your work. Do not forget to thank your current company for everything you have learned and for all that you have contributed to your professional career.

Good luck!

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