Plotting the trajectory of your career is a serious matter. It takes a lot of time, energy, and thought to properly plan that trajectory—and then execute the plan.
Consequently, it’s not something that can be done effectively in a hasty manner or haphazard fashion. There are multiple factors that should be considered, and some of them should be considered quite carefully. All actions (and inactions) have consequences, and you want to ensure that your “career consequences” are the best ones possible.
Below are five steps for determining your next career move:
#1—Figure out the “real” reasons for wanting to make a move.
You must make sure this isn’t reactionary. One bad day at work is not a valid reason for suddenly wanting to change jobs.
However, if there has been an ongoing cycle of circumstances contributing to your overall dissatisfaction, then perhaps a move is warranted. However, identify those circumstances first and get to the root of what is making you dissatisfied.
#2—Audit your current situation.
This includes not just your employment situation, but also your financial situation, your personal situation, your family situation, etc. In other words, it includes every aspect of your life that could have an impact on your decision or could be impacted by your decision. Leaving “no stone unturned” at the beginning of the process can prevent unpleasant surprises down the road.
#3—Analyze your skills.
Identify your key knowledge, skills, and abilities in regards to how well they fit your current position, as well as other potential positions. With this analysis, you can determine if you’re being used effectively in your current position and if you should move on to another position. It will also give you a better idea of the value you can offer to an employer, and value is a commodity that always grows more attractive over time.
#4—Broaden your networking activities.
Specifically, network more not only with people in your current field, but also in any other field you’re thinking of entering. These people can offer career advice, as well as introduce you to other contacts and perhaps even provide job leads.
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Well, it’s both.
#5—Seek out other job opportunities.
If you’ve conducted steps one through four and you’re ready to make your move . . . then it’s time to make your move. Are there particular companies in your industry for which you’d like to work? Make a list of those companies and conduct research regarding others. Remember that using the services of a professional staffing agency can help increase the likelihood that your next career move will be a successful one.
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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