Changing jobs in years gone by was not heard of as much as it is in today’s society.  Adverts with slogans like “enjoy steady pay every day” were commonplace.  In the modern world though, there is an expectation that to progress your career you are likely to need to change jobs.  Employers also expect to see applicants with a career history which will include several roles and a progressive track record.

I have had conversations recently with a growing number of candidates who have voiced concerns or have expressed unhappiness in their current roles.  The common themes have included frustration in career direction, being discontent in where the company is going, or in a couple of instances a feeling that an employee is being taken for granted.

The simplest thing to do is do nothing at all.  You enjoy steady pay every day.  But this may not be what is important to you.

The prospect of looking for a new role can be uncomfortable.  Updating your CV is one of the first tasks that you will need to undertake.  Writing a CV is difficult especially when you work in HR or in Accounts. You know your job and often feel uncomfortable in “selling yourself” as this is something that you are not used to. Updating your CV is never a bad exercise irrespective of what you decide to do.  Individuals who we work with as potential candidates have commented that spending time on writing or updating their CV`s has been a cathartic experience.  It can crystallised the desire for a new role or reaffirmed why the individual wants to work in their current role. Something that Abke Bridge Recruitment can do is help you in the way that your CV is presented and advise you on how you can highlight key skills that will make you stand out as a highly sought after candidate.

Breaking the reasons down for looking for a new job is a good idea.  Naturally the worry about your employer finding out that you are seeking a new role is big on the worry scale.   In my experience, when the thoughts start to go through your mind that you want to make a career change/change of employer, it is usually the start of the end.  The time between thinking about a career change and taking action varies but the outcome is typically the same.  If you are deeply unhappy and have a significant difference of opinion with your employer your transition is likely to be more rapid.  If you are seeking promotion and unsure of your internal prospects, you are likely to have a longer transitionary period.

Concern about your employer finding out about your job search should not really be a factor in your search.  If any employer is stunned by a resignation, they are not in touch with their work force and this reflects badly on their employee engagement.  On the same token, throwing your weight around and sounding off through the incorrect channels is a bad way to engage with an employer.  Talking rationally and honestly with each other will ultimately affect your motivation for changing jobs or remaining with the same employer.  

From personal experience interviewing out of hours in either early morning before work is not great.  Its a hassle.  Similarly, interviewing after a days work is tough because you cant guarantee to get away on time/leave early and the first thing you want to do is see the family/pick up the children from school, cook some dinner or generally just kick off the shoes and sit on the sofa and veg! 

Interviews are not as tough as they sometimes seem.  The idea of an interview is to have a meeting to assess both parties suitability for a role and the mutual benefit in working with each other.  To often the balance of an interview is based on the performance on the day.  The interview should be more than that and with good pre-interview coaching you will be able to showcase your credentials more easily.  These meetings are an investment of time for both a recruiting company and a potential employee.  The timing needs to be convenient for both parties and flexibility is paramount. It will be time consuming for employers and awkward for candidates but it is a small price to pay for such a potentially positive outcome.

Ultimately looking for a new job can be a daunting experience, but we feel that it shouldn’t be a painful or negative experience.  Looking for a new job does not make an employee less loyal, it means that they feel that it is time for a change.  Employees and employers are often more in rhythm with each other than we probably realise and if a change is good for one, it is more likely than not to be right for both parties. 

If you would like to have a confidential conversation about your career to date and would like to explore what opportunities are out there, please do not hesitate in contacting us.  We can be called on either 0141 7397080 or 0131 202 3215.  Alternatively, you an email joe.savidge@ablebridge.co.uk

If you are an employer and seeking to hire a new member of staff, we would also be delighted to assist you in this process.

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