Job switch is a big decision having a long-lasting effect and could be a mile stone in your career. Leaving your existing niche and entering into a new unknown environment, involves a certain level of risk and yes does promises you opportunities. So once decided to make a move, you need to be very strategic and go in a planned manner. Following is a set of points to be taken care of while you switch your job:
- Identify the Reason. Switch your job for a valid reason, and thus focus at answering that reason.
- Identify your opportunities and growth scope based on your own set of skills and talents vs the market situation.
- Once decided to change, apply for jobs/profile that suits your aspiration and start preparing for interviews, collecting information/matter and giving relevant interviews.
- You can as well go in for an informational interview, or expert advice, this not only provides you remedies on present doubts but also earns you future reference or links.
- Work on getting and building yourself relevant network.
- If need be, go in for a short term course or training to exploit good opportunities. Even volunteering for organizations active in the field you desire provides you a rich experience platform, enhancing your worth.
- Identify and evaluate the risks involved and undertake a cost-benefit analysis.
- Keep some money pool in store to support you if, you take time getting an apt job.
- Get yourself a new and updated resume, complementing the job-profile.
- Resign gracefully and your detachment from your firm should be an informed decision. Dully finish all your formalities.
- Don’t be a chronic job switcher/ job-hopper, changing job too frequently.
- Don’t be reckless in your decision taken away in emotions, while the point was just a misunderstanding or inability to handle/manage work pressure.
- Don’t get absconded in a reluctance to do your duty, while you have decided to switch.
- Don’t carry guilt in yourself for changing your job if you are leaving for a good reason in a respectful manner as everyone seeks growth in his/her career.
- Don’t deteriorate your rapport and relations with your senior, colleagues and company while leaving.