Time to Move On?

Time to Move On?

Successful careers often come to lifelong learners who work hard but are ready to step back and reflect. Staying consciously aware of your goals, motivations, and current situation helps you stay on top of career development and act quickly when an opportunity arises.

Whether you are content in your role or have itchy feet, weighing up the benefits of a new challenge carefully is more advisable than acting on a gut feeling. Which is the best route towards growth and self-actualisation? What are the trade-offs? We’ve laid out a few points. If you need objective advice, our consultants are always happy to speak with mid to senior-level professionals.

Self-Development

Lifelong learning is more than a trait that helps people to succeed, it is an aspect of work that keeps careers vibrant and satisfying. If you are not being challenged to take on new responsibilities or learn new skills, a sense of stagnation may start to affect you. Your work may not feel stimulating anymore, and you may start to lack energy. If you feel stressed, bored or disengaged, it could be that your employer is not doing enough for you, or you may simply have outgrown your role. What’s more, it can be dangerous for your career when a lack of new challenges means you start to slip against the industry benchmark for people with your skills and experience.

To keep your options open, you need to stay relevant. If you are faced with developmental dead ends at your current employer, it may be time to seek a more fulfilling environment or, at the very least, manage your existing situation equipped with a qualified list of requirements.

The Bottom Line

Loyalty is not always rewarded in modern life. The best deals can go to those who either switch or are ready to have a difficult conversation. The same can apply when it comes to pay. It is not shallow to seek the best compensation; in fact, not doing so can harm your mental health. Is your package helping you to achieve lifestyle goals and save effectively for retirement? If not, establish whether your pay is competitive against industry benchmarks based on your experience; a Search Consultant could help you with this. If there are options available, consider a move, but make sure there are growth opportunities; it’s not worth moving to a career cul-de-sac for a few thousand more. Also, do your research on prospective employers’ company cultures.

Leap of Faith

If you move to a new employer it may enliven you for a while as you get used to new office, colleagues and processes, but the novelty could soon wear off if you didn’t have a greater plan. A truly successful move relies on self-awareness and conscious goals. What do you really need? Is it management responsibility, the chance to develop a specific skill, a way to support a cause or to explore a new industry? An over-arching career plan and an understanding of what’s important to you will help make every move worthwhile. Talking to someone else may help you to define your priorities. In doing so, you can also hone your ability to express what you’re bringing to a new employer.

Having worked out what you’re looking for, you need to be able to convince a hiring manager why they should select you. Try to create a concise “elevator pitch” that explains your ability, experience, personality and motivation. Where necessary, align this to the target role. Be ready to elucidate with quantifiable details about experience and achievements. Working with a Search Consultant can be useful here as they will understand the most sought-after skills and competencies. For a specific role, you can even practise based on a known interview format and hiring manager.

Be Prepared

Don’t wait for a career crisis. Ongoing preparation is the key to success. Edit your CV regularly, taking the time to quantify success stories. For many people, achievements quickly feel irrelevant as they drift into the past, so capture them as they happen and you can always edit later. Don’t let the day-to-day obstruct your requirement to develop new skills, especially if they become important in your industry. It’s not just about the skills themselves; it’s demonstrating a commitment to keep learning, even at the most senior levels.

Outside of your role, it is important to meet people; industry peers, specialist recruiters and potentially mentors to help with your industry awareness. Develop your personal brand to demonstrate your expertise, personality and interests. A platform like LinkedIn is far more powerful if you use it regularly rather than suddenly becoming active when you decide it’s time to move on. It’s much easier to demonstrate a track record of informed expertise, dedication, soft skills and passion if you stay on top of it.

Stay in Touch

As with LinkedIn, a search consultant can do more for you if you stay in touch on a long-term basis. At Healy Hunt, we manage to do this with hundreds of successful people, and the relationships are mutually beneficial. Professional consultants specialise by sector and or function and develop deep industry knowledge and understanding of market trends. They have the inside track on opportunities which may not be public. They can act as mentors to help prioritise personal development requirements, source effective team members to help assure your success and position you for new positions should a move become necessary.

Long Term Success

A long-term approach that draws on external relationships, proactive self-awareness and diligent self-development is the best way to be able to identify when it’s time to move on. The less ongoing preparation you do, the more daunting a move can be, especially if you’ve been with a company for a long time.

Whatever your situation, it’s never too late. Start the process now to clarify your goals and work towards achieving them. Collaborate with people outside your organisation to get an objective view of your current situation, growth priorities and potential opportunities. You never know where it might lead.

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