It seems 2010 is going to be a massive year of career shift for many people. Surveys in most developed markets point to massive numbers of skilled candidates intending to change jobs this year. Some of the results include:
- 60% of US Workers intend to leave their jobs in 2010 (link).
- 25% of employees believe organization morale is low (link).
- 20% of workers plan to switch careers and/or industries within two years (link).
- Only 45% of US employers are satisfied with their jobs in 2009 down from 61% in 1987 (link).
- Only 53% of Singapore financial workers are satisfied with their jobs (link).
It makes you wonder what really happened with all these people, what is it that causes them to have so much suffering at work? I talk with a lot of people in regards to their situation at work, most will admit to wanting more of something. Sometimes when we flesh it out their needs are quite realistic. Other times they are looking for an easier path to a better reward, which unfortunately, rarely exists. Meshing reality with what the person wants is often the biggest part of understanding whether someone really needs to make a job change in order to improve their satisfaction.
This can be really difficult to do alone, even for the most experienced candidates. After all, if you're good at your job you are busy doing that, not analyzing the marketplace and/or your skills and abilities to see whether you are ready for a big move. In order to make the decision on whether the time is right I recommend answering a few of the following questions. Be honest with yourself, anything else is pointless.
- What are my biggest achievements in my current position?
- How have I grown in the last 2 years?
- Am I giving 100% of my effort to the work I'm doing?
- If not, why am I holding back?
- If yes, then is the work satisfying me?
- If it's not satisfying me despite my effort, what are the areas that are holding me back?
- Can I improve on those areas in my current position?
- If I made a job change what are all the areas I need fulfilled to make me happy in a new position.
- Being that nowhere is perfect. What would I be willing to give up/take on to make that move anyway?
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