Changing jobs is an important decision in your life. It is a decision that must be taken with much prayer and reflection.
Your job occupies a large portion of your daily life and in making a change you should ensure that the changes will benefit you in the long run.
Hereunder are 8 top questions to ask yourself when changing jobs:
Why do you want to leave your current role?
At the end of the day, no job is perfect. You want to ensure that you are making a great decision at the end of the day.
Every job has its flaw and you should examine your decision to ensure that your change job is wise and in the will elevate your career growth. Therefore, reflect and identify solid reasons for changing jobs.
Have you done sufficient homework on the companies that you considering applying to?
Informational interviews are important to complete when changing jobs as you want to ensure that jobs and the places that you are applying to aligns with your career vision and career plan.
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Therefore, set up meetings with persons in areas that you are interested in to ensure that you have done sufficient homework before changing jobs. You do not want to be jumping from the frying pan into the fire so to speak.
There is an article that provides a comprehensive guide to informational interviewing on this blog. Feel free to click the previous link to explore this concept in detail.
Informational Interviewing Sample Questions
Richard Bolles, author of the best selling job hunting book, What Color is your Parachute recommended four questions that can work for every informational interview.
- How did you get into this line of work? Into this particular job?
- What kinds of things do you like most about this job?
- What kinds of things do you like least about this job?
- Who else, doing this same kind of work, would you recommend that I go talk to?
Are you passionate about the new job/ field?
Every job has its ups and down. Passion is a key ingredient that will ensure that you keep going on the days when there is pressure, frustration and tough deadlines.
If there is no passion, then it is easy to quit. Therefore ensure that you are changing jobs to one that you are excited and passionate about. Ideally, this role should align with your career vision and career plan.
Does the role align with your career vision?
Ultimately, every role that you take should align with your dreams and goals related to your career growth. At times there may be a role that you need to gain knowledge and experience in a particular field.
On the other hand, once you have gain experience you may want to change jobs so that you can earn more for the valuable knowledge that you have gain.
At the end of the day, ensure that your job change aligns with your career vision.
Is this the ideal time both personally and professionally to change jobs?
Your life usually goes through different stages and seasons. There are some times in your life that is conducive for changing jobs. On the other times, due to personal circumstances, changing jobs may not be ideal.
As an example, changing jobs after starting a degree may not be ideal. You also need to examine your family circumstances to ensure that the change is seamless and does not impact those who are dependent on you.
Therefore, carefully examine whether it is the ideal time both professionally and personally to change jobs.
What are the advantages of the new job over the current role?
Make a list of the advantages that the new job have over your current role. Preparing this list will force you to reflect on what you truly value in the role. This process should be done with a still mind.
Factors to consider include the level of responsibility, the salary, working conditions, your values and the people with whom you need to work.
Your job takes up a valuable part of your life so it is critical that you are happy with important facets if you are making a change.
If you say no, will you regret the decision later on in life?
There are some opportunities that may only come around once in a lifetime. For example, an opportunity to work abroad or on a project that has a definite start and end date.
Life is full of risk. If the opportunity is one where you believe that you will look back in 20 years and say what if I had taken the opportunity to do this is a factor that you should consider in changing jobs.
Is this really the best decision for me?
This question is quite possibly the toughest of them all. After answering all the questions above, you really need to dig deep. How do you feel about the overall decision?
Job changes are never easy. Trust that these 8 points are useful questions that you can ask yourself when changing jobs.
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