5 Key Questions Before Moving On

Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Leaving Your Company

The recruitment industry is driven by companies looking to grow and candidates looking to change: It’s what makes our 'world go round' so-to-speak. With that in mind, you might think that we, as recruiters, are all for encouraging people to leave their current roles to take up new opportunities (with our clients), regardless of how things are in their current role. The reality is that this approach simply does not work. Convincing people to leave roles they enjoy for new, flashy opportunities we throw their way, ultimately leads to the classic ‘grass isn’t always greener’ scenario. Candidates leave their new job within 3 months: The client gets angry – the recruiter loses the client, and as the candidate represents the recruiter, this doesn't bode well with the client or the recruiter in the long term. As you can see, pushing square pegs into round holes is a lose-lose situation for all involved.

Because of this chain of events, when it comes to headhunting candidates, it’s important that the candidate considers these 5 key points before looking to undertake a new opportunity:

  1. Do you still enjoy coming to work?
    As cliché as it sounds, when you are excited about what you do and passionate about your work, making your way into the office isn’t the chore many workers face. When you lose the drive to make it into work and start hanging around people with colds, in the hope of getting sick to take time off- it’s a good sign you need a change.
  2. Are you still learning new things?
    If you are the sort of person who likes being challenged, enjoys learning new ways of doing things and wants to learn as much as possible, then working in a stagnant environment isn’t going to do you any favours. If you have reached the point where every day is the same and you are no longer learning and growing, it time.
  3. Are you part of a winning team?
    In the modern workforce, almost everything is team driven – with that in mind, it makes pretty good sense to part of a team that succeeds and wins! Working with people who aren’t on the same page as you and don’t share your drive and vision is tiring and can be soul-destroying. A new opportunity may be just what you need to partner up with people more on your wave length- allowing you to reach the success you desire.
  4. Is the only way up, out?
    Unfortunately, the nature of many businesses (particularly SME’s) mean the only way to progress up through the ranks is to move on to a new organisation. For many people, the person standing in their way of a promotion isn’t going anywhere and the size of the company simply means growth and promotion is not an option. There is nothing wrong with seeking new opportunities if you are looking to grow your career.
  5. Are you valued in your current role?
    Being appreciated in your work is something often overlooked by many people, but knowing the work you do is valued, appreciated and respected goes a long way to improving job satisfaction. The truth is, not everyone gets the recognition they deserve and joining an organisation where you bust your gut with no recognition isn’t exactly fun. Recognition is not just about praise though – is your value reflected in your salary, perks and benefits? If not, perhaps there is a company that will value the work you do.

Changing jobs is a big step to make and it’s important for all parties involved that you are making the right decision. Being lured into a new position when there was nothing really wrong with you current one all too often ends in disaster and can be hugely disruptive to you career. Think about these 5 key questions before deciding to move on from your current role – it may be the reality check you need!