when to start looking for a new job

when to start looking for a new job
The Randstad Workmonitor report for March 2017 revealed that only 8% of New Zealanders changed jobs in the last six months; while just 6% New Zealanders were actively looking for a job.

While this may seem like a negative, jobseekers can actually see this as a positive. The current market has greater opportunities and options out there for those who are looking to start a new career, and it's a “candidate led” market. 

However, while the timing might be right in New Zealand – the timing also needs to be right for you. How do you know when you are ready to move on? And do you have the right skills to take the leap?

knowing when to move on

It’s important to ask yourself why you want to stay at your current job or why you want to leave. While you might feel happy and financially secure in your current role, your job satisfaction have dipped or access to career development options might have dried up. 

Ultimately, if you are not entirely happy with your job it can affect other things such as your productivity levels and even your work-life balance.   

The 2016 Randstad Employer Brand Research revealed that New Zealanders have a range of reasons that trigger them to look for a new job. 

The report revealed that New Zealanders are motivated to work more by an increased income and a healthier work-life balance. Of course, the results also varied depending on age.

Across the globe the younger age bracket (between 18-24 years) said that a lack of career growth and a lack of interest in the job are two of the main reasons why they would leave to look for a new opportunity. 

Work-life balance is most important for 25-44 year olds, as is lack of career growth, when it comes to leaving and taking a new job. 

For the older age bracket (45-65 year olds), work/life balance is by far the biggest concern for them, reflecting the overall results for New Zealand. This age group is also concerned with poor management.
what to do before you hand in your notice

Don’t jump into a decision as big as this without weighing up your options where you are. It’s a good idea to maximize your current job function before you start to look for new opportunities and definitely before you hand in your notice. 

First of all, speak to your manager or HR department about how you might be able to incorporate your missing job needs into your current role. Your manager will be able to tell you what is possible in your current role and might even suggest some internal training, flexible working hours or a secondment option in another department or company.

Discuss your situation openly, if you have children or other life commitments that are under stress let your manager know. Employers are usually open to a frank conversation about your work-life balance and may even be open to creating a bespoke resolution for you. But they have to know what’s going on first. 

In the event that your employer is unable to accommodate your needs then you should consider looking for another opportunity. Based on our years of experience in recruitment in New Zealand we have identified some key signs that may indicate it’s time to move on:  

it’s time to leave your job if you…

  • are constantly feeling helpless, frustrated and stressed 
  • are lacking in motivation and passion for the task at hand
  • have requested some extra work or responsibilities but your employer has refused 
  • have no access to further training or courses to develop new skills
  • are no longer arriving at work on time and are leaving as soon as the day ends – this could be a sign that you no longer care about your role
  • are not finishing tasks – this could be an indication that you are not bothered about the rewards of your job
  • are unable to take time off because your employer makes it too difficult or looks down upon it
  • are unable to balance your personal life with your work responsibilities and your employer refuses to assess this and find other solutions

what to look for in an employer 
  • try to find a company that prioritizes your personal interests alongside their larger financial goals
  • a company that offer training and development programs
  • clear job descriptions and progression opportunities 
  • interesting job content – even if it’s something new to you
  • a good cultural fit and pleasant work environment 
  • a forward-thinking business that utilizes the latest technologies
  • a company that promotes and implements a good work-life balance 
  • opportunities to advance nationally and globally
  • great management that is dedicated to upskilling staff

This article first appeared on Randstad.com.au
Posted: Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - 9:00 AM