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Making the Leap: When Do You Know it is the Right Time to Move On?

There have been many recent reports stating that the recession is over and it looks like it may actually be true. The economy is showing steady signs of growth. In the news there are stories of growth and investment – rail manufacturing in the North East, JLR investing £200m in Halewood, billions of Chinese capital investment – hopefully we’ve turned the corner.

This is certainly true in recruitment. Since the turn of the year, Newman Stewart has been increasingly busy with enquiries from new clients and growing placements within our existing customer base.

But as an employee, when do you know when it is time to move on?

On the plus side + New exciting challenges + Career progression + Experience a new environment + Greater career satisfaction & enhanced earnings.

The dangers – What if it goes wrong?

Lose the Fear
Moving jobs, changing your career, it’s always a risk. Will you get on with your new colleagues? Are there underlying problems, issues, conflicts that are impossible to pick up on at interview? Will you be able to achieve the same levels of success?

Most of the time things work out fine. However, the risk of moving is countered by the increasing number of companies recruiting and the number of roles available. If you have a specialist skillset and are confident in your ability to succeed, if it does go wrong, there will be another opportunity around the corner.

It Happened to Me
Eighteen months ago, I commuted for over an hour each way to a moderately successful role. Biding my time, coasting along, following the pack, not really going anywhere. Why?
But then something happened, after an initial six months or so of working in a small, experienced, enjoyable team, successfully supplying what could sometimes be an unrealistic and demanding customer, I went off track. There were a number of reasons – the ending of a project, a steady, growing alienation to big company politics (I’ve still got a couple of knives in my back!) and a changing internal structure. Things changed quite drastically. Also, a near miss on the motorway on a torrentially, wet, winter morning made me realise that there must be better options out there. And believe me there are! I’m now really enjoying work, helping to grow a very successful business and to cap it all much closer to home.

A Leap of Faith
So how do you find that next exciting, stimulating, rewarding role? These are my 3 recommended steps:

1) Research
LinkedIn, specialist job boards, popular generalist career sites, see who’s advertising, find out which recruiter specialises in your sector / skill set.

2) Contact them Send an initial email, perhaps even your CV and say you’ll follow this up with a phone call.

3) Ring them
Despite the increasingly technical world we live in, good recruitment is best on a personal level. Recruiters love nothing more than a motivated, enthusiastic candidate who is actively looking for a new role.

But, and this is a big but! Ensure, as far as possible, your skills and industry experience matches the recruiter’s area of expertise. Everyone is too busy, candidates, clients and recruiters to waste time on weak prospects that have very little chance of panning out!

So what are you waiting for? Begin your research. Make that call. Start that life enhancing, new career.

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