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10 tips from experts on changing jobs

It's the same game every year: new resolutions are made, only to be found a few weeks later that none of them have been implemented. Often it is the same as in the previous year: "I diet, do more sport, quit smoking, and take more time to spend with my family." Also very typical: "I'm looking for a new job!" Because next to health and family, the job is the most important factor when it comes to personal satisfaction. And if the job brings more frustration than pleasure, the obvious conclusion is to change jobs as soon as possible. But this step needs to be carefully considered. Because the grass isn't always greener on the other side, even if it seems so. Adopting a different perspective, questioning your own claims, a conversation with your boss, colleagues and friends or being transferred to an as yet unknown work area can be important steps before a hasty termination.

"A balance sheet of the professional situation at the beginning of the year makes perfect sense in order not to lose sight of one's own goals", says Jürgen Hesse from the office for professional strategy Hesse / Schrader. "Making a career doesn't necessarily mean getting higher, faster and further, but is also measured in the satisfaction I feel in doing my job."

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Ten pieces of advice for or against changing jobs

1. Do not act in an affect!
Even if you are dissatisfied with your job, do not rush anything! After all, anyone who quits without thinking and affecting the job runs the risk of being dissatisfied with their new job.

2. Analyze your own situation in peace
Take your time to analyze what is really bothering you and which adjustment screws can still be turned! There are four main components to consider:

  1. The supervisor: What kind of person is my boss? Do I enjoy working for him? Will my achievements be recognized and appreciated by him? Are problems based solely on his personality or are there still ways that could improve collaboration?
  2. Colleagues / customers: How does the daily workflow and communication in the team work? What do I think of my colleagues / customers? How do my colleagues / customers feel about me? Do I always get angry about the same behavior?
  3. Tasks: Can I identify with these? Am I over- or under-challenged? Do I like telling others about my job?
  4. Payment / Conditions: Does my salary correspond to my commitment and how long do I need to recover from work?

3. How am I doing?
Your mental and physical wellbeing should also play a role in the decision. Do you have negative thoughts and feelings when you think about your job, maybe even trouble sleeping? Do you feel sick more often than before? Then it is probably really time to draw a line.

4. Talk to each other
But first seek a direct conversation. Sometimes the dialogue with the supervisor, colleagues or the HR department helps to resolve problems and dissatisfaction.

5. Get advice
It is also a good idea to discuss your difficulties with impartial friends, family, or a professional counselor. These can provide you with a good external assessment of your situation.

6. Further development possible in the previous company?
If you want to change, you should weigh up which further development opportunities the current position still offers. Perhaps you can also change within the company?

7. Job hopper or change muffle?
Also note how long you've worked for your company. Because if there are an above-average number of rapid job changes in the résumé, some HR managers become suspicious and wonder what is wrong with the candidate. As a rule of thumb, you can remember: In the third decade of life, i.e. between the ages of 20 and 29, you should stay in the same company for at least two to three years. At least four years in the fourth decade of life, and so on. On the other hand, anyone who stays in the same company for more than eight years can quickly be considered to be less flexible because they have adjusted too much to the processes of this very specific employer.

8. Develop application and search strategies
Take a look around what new professional opportunities are available to you. What does the job market look like for you? Collect job vacancies for a while and follow the developments of your potential dream employer. Update your application documents. That alone helps a lot to become clearer about your own goals.

9. What do I really want?
If you just want to leave your current job, you will usually notice this at the latest during the interview. So under no circumstances let this slip through. In your application and interview, you have to convincingly pursue the towards-strategy rather than an away-from strategy. Think of arguments why you would like to start in this company.

10. You always see each other twice in life ...
If you choose to quit, don't leave a scorched earth! Now, settling accounts with everything and everyone is anything but productive and you will be sorry when it comes to the issue of your job reference or when you see your former employer again at an industry meeting. So keep your composure and try to leave the old work environment behind you with a good feeling for everyone involved. Perhaps this will keep you in touch with valuable contacts that could be helpful to you.

Conclusion: According to Jürgen Hesse, there is no such thing as a workplace where everything really runs one hundred percent. However, if your personal evaluation gives you the feeling that almost nothing is actually right or that essential things are clearly neglected for you, a job change is advisable. Before doing this, however, you should ask yourself four questions: Who am I? What can I? Where do i want to go And how do I achieve this goal?

Alexandra Jabs

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