How To Change Jobs Successfully

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker will hold 10 different jobs before he or she turns 40. Assuming the individual enters the workforce as a 22-year-old who just graduated college, so he or she will be changing jobs every 1.8 years. This means you will need some help figuring out how to successfully change jobs.

While it could still be considered frowned upon to “job hop” when trying to land a position, a 2016 study by LinkedIn found that Millennials are changing jobs at a rate higher than previous generations. Millennials, defined as the generation of individuals born between 1980-1994, are changing jobs around four times in their first decade out of college, nearly double the amount of job changes as the generation before (Generation X). A trait shared by many Millennials is the desire to move up the career ranks quickly. One of the fastest ways to do this is by changing jobs for a new title and often a subsequent pay raise.

The United States is currently at its lowest unemployment rate in almost 20 years (3.9 percent for April 2018). There were approximately 164,000 jobs created last month, which means there is a record number of people in the workforce. Considering the frequency that the average worker will switch jobs (and sometimes careers completely), now is a great time to find a new opportunity. According to Robin Reshwan, there are three ways you can do this.

Identify Your Criteria For Making A Change

Why do you want to find a new job? Are you unfulfilled in your current position or just looking for a change of scenery? Figuring out why you want to find a new opportunity is the first thing you should do. Sometimes we get caught up in making an emotional decision because something didn’t go our way at work and as Reshwan notes, “the grass is rarely greener on the other side.” While it is true that we hold numerous jobs before the age of 40, a key thing to consider when making a job change is your long-term goals. Sure, we all want to make more money, but as enticing as the increased salary can be, if the new opportunity does not add to your career development then it likely isn’t the best move for you.

If you’ve have created a game plan as to how you are going to achieve your career goals, and determined that a job change will help you do so, that is a good reason to consider a change.

Find Your Passions

An important aspect of a job or career change is figuring out what you are passionate about. After all, the phrase “If you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” could not be more accurate. One of the most popular reasons that employees look for new opportunities is due to a lack of passion or excitement in their current role. Although we all need something that pays the bills, if you’re in a role just because the compensation is nice, chances are you will experience burn out both professionally and personally.

When looking for a new opportunity, you should look for one that you are truly passionate about and will enjoy doing each day. Everyone has good and bad days, but if you plan on making the jump to a new company, there should be a true passion for and commitment to the role. That said, if you make a “bad jump” and aren’t satisfied in the new role, it is not necessarily the kiss of death for your career. Hindsight is 20/20, but you should perform your due diligence when considering these jumps. Too many job changes in a short period may hinder your chances at future employment.

Consider Future Career Options

The third thing you must do, according to Reshwan, is ask yourself “Does a change to this new role give me more or fewer career options when I am ready to change again in the future?” Given the amount of times an average worker changes jobs, and the average retirement age of 63 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, you are almost guaranteed to make a handful more job changes. Because of this, each move should provide you with additional skills and experience to benefit your career in the long run. People generally do not change jobs to take a step backwards in their career progression, so before moving to a new role do your research.

Although the days of working for the same company for your entire career seem to be few and far between, there are always exceptions. If you aspire to be with the same company, chances are you will still change roles at one point or another to progress up the ranks. Whether your career plans include remaining with the same company or changing companies, these three tips/strategies can be utilized when changing roles.

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