Can you believe that we are already 11 weeks into 2018! Does this scare or excite you? The New Year is always a time of new beginning and a time for a change. Are you looking for a new job or considering a career change? Did you know that January to March is the busiest job searching months of the year? Think of the New Year as a time to begin a fresh start and take advantage of that energy.

Before you change jobs you need to know what it is that you are looking for. In most cases, people just need a change and they are happy to change jobs to do the exact same thing over and over again. Some people are looking for career growth and most people are looking for personal development. No matter your reasons for starting a job search, there are some things that you should think about before you start applying for those jobs.

Are there future opportunities at your current company that you might give up if you leave? Even if you are not completely satisfied with your current role it could be worth staying, for now, just to make sure you have every opportunity for success in the future.

What are you really looking for in a new job? Everyone has different priorities when it comes to his professional life. Are you looking for an employer who shares your values? Or are you looking for a position that meets your financial goals? Figure out what you don’t love about your current job and what you want to be different about your next position.

If you have identified that you are not up for that promotion and you have identified the reason you are looking for the next job be sure to do your research to ensure that you are aligned to the future employer’s values and culture. Once successful in that role there are a few things to consider before accepting a job offer:

  • The company culture – is it aligned with your personality and my advice will be to do a bit of research and use LinkedIn to get hold of previous employees and see what they say.
  • Where will this role and company take you? – get information on the staff turnover, promotions with current staff and the whole organogram. This will give you an idea what future growth opportunities there might be.
  • Company policies and procedures – before you make a decision it is within your rights as a prospective employee to ask about the policies and procedures. This will help you see if you are aligned with their policies and how they conduct business.
  • Location – consider the stress levels of traffic and the flexibility of the prospective employer.
  • Benefits – some organizations have great benefits for their employees and some don’t. it is not to say that if there are no benefits the company is less likely to look after their employees. Some companies are of the opinion that they will rather give you a higher cash portion and you can use it as you please.

If a new job in on your 2018 to do list, I hope that some of the above pointers will help before making a decision that will change your life as changing jobs is a life-changing event!

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