When can I change my job?

Change jobs - but do it right!

Changing jobs is a drastic step. Since it requires strength and involves risks, it is often postponed for far too long. However, if you know how to plan this step carefully, you will take on the new challenge at the right time with minimal risk, in which you will feel comfortable in the long term.

Look at your current situation

  • Do you enjoy going to your job in the morning?
  • Do you forget what time it is in the evening?
  • Do you feel under-challenged?
  • Can you develop your abilities to the full?
  • Do you know your room for maneuver and your competencies?
  • Do you know exactly what you are responsible for and what you are responsible for?
  • Are your achievements valued and rewarded?
  • Do you feel encouraged?
  • Are there opportunities for your further development?
  • Would it be regrettable if you quit?
  • Are there any colleagues who would be happy to hear from you?
  • Do the current remuneration and its development correspond to your expectations?

Look at your current employer

  • Has the shareholder changed?
  • How has the company developed economically?
  • How has the stock market price of your company or of companies in your sector developed in comparison to the market in the last few months?
  • What advantages does your current employer offer you?
  • Have top performers left your home in the past few months?
  • Are costs being saved or even employees being cut?
  • Can you still identify with your employer?
  • Do you find it difficult to be loyal to your employer?

Look at your current manager

  • Do you have a new manager?
  • Does your new manager need some time to settle in?
  • Is your manager listening to you?
  • Does your supervisor show you appreciation?
  • Is your manager promoting you?

Look at your colleagues

  • Do you feel comfortable with your colleagues?
  • Do you also exchange ideas privately with your colleagues?
  • Do you enjoy meeting colleagues in your free time?

Your current employer's product range

  • Has your employer's market position changed?
  • Do the products or processes have massive weaknesses?
  • Is further development going in the right direction?
  • Do you have any influence on further development?
  • Is your employer valued as such on the job market?

The future employer

After you have answered these questions for your current employer, you should also ask yourself these questions in relation to your future employer. You will not be able to conclusively answer every question here.

In the job interview and perhaps also from the environment of the potential employer, valuable information in this regard can still be obtained. Building on this, it should be possible to estimate where changes are to be expected.

Not only in passing, you should also deal with the following questions in order to reduce the risk of changing employers:

  • Are you up to the challenges?
  • Can you acquire any skills or knowledge you lack in the short term?
  • Does your family support your decision?
  • How does your decision affect your market value?
  • Are you looking forward to the new challenge?


Do not cancel until you have received the legally signed contract.
Be sure to make a positive impression on your old employer. Perhaps one day your new employer will be bought by your old employer. Perhaps you will meet a former colleague or manager again in the future. The world is small.

Plan your job change in good time. Coordinate the decision with your family.

Our tip:
People have always shied away from change. This also applies to changing jobs. It is more likely to wait too long than to change too often. If you are even thinking about changing jobs, you should listen to your intuition and start planning immediately. However, you should become suspicious if you always get this feeling shortly after starting a new job. Anyone who changes too often is doing their market value a disservice.

At the moment when the decision about the change is pending, you should take a deep breath and act carefully. Check the offer before you and do not hesitate to clarify any ambiguities before signing.

Do not discuss your intentions with anyone except your family and close confidants. This is especially true of your co-workers, who otherwise put you in a loyalty dilemma.