The decision to seek a new job or remain with the job you have is a constant of New Year’s discussions and thoughts. The reality of a switch to a new job in a New Year is equal parts excitement and equal parts dread. Instead of worrying about a career switch, think about how much your existing career is helping you today.
How do I feel going to work? This is a great way to get a sense of how we feel about our current job. Do you look forward to going into work? Are you excited for the day ahead? Do you have a sense of dread? Are there specific co-workers that you want to avoid at all costs? If you are not looking forward to going to work and if you do not like your challenges and assignments at work, then that could be a good first sign you are ready for something new.
Would I recommend my company to my friends and family? Even if your business sells cement mixers, the recommendation test is a great way to get your sense of personal pride and ethical pride in your company. The test itself is easy: would you recommend that your friends, family, spouse, and children buy your company’s products and services? Yes or No? If you say, “Yes!” then this is a strong test that you like and enjoy your company and feel connected to the company’s purpose. If you say, “No!” then this is another sign that you are ready for something new.
When was the last time I was promoted? This is a great test to see if the company values your knowledge, skills, and abilities. First, what is the average time that workers in your department are in their jobs? One Year? Three Years? Next, what is the time that you have been in your last three jobs? For example, if the average is two years, and you have been averaging 18 months, then you are doing well. Again, if the average is two years, and you have been averaging four years, then it may be a sign that you are ready for something new.
What have my pay & benefit changes been in the last three years? Pay and benefit changes are a hard and fast way to see how the company values you and other employees. If your pay and benefits have been increasing above a 3% rate, not including pay changes for promotions, then you are doing well. If your pay has been flat or decreasing and you are paying more for your existing benefits, then that is a sign you are ready for something new.
Are there other challenges & skills that I want to do? Another great test is to ask if there are other challenges, skills, and experiences that you want to have, but are not getting the opportunity to explore. If you are challenged at work, exposed to learn new skills, allowed to lead in your style, and asked to contribute more to the future of the company, then it sounds like your career is in a great position. If you feel unchallenged, unappreciated, and are not able to learn the skills that you want, then that may be a sign that you are ready for something new.
What does your significant other say? Our significant others often times know us better than we know ourselves. After all, they deal with us before and after work. So, if we are unhappy at work, then they often bear the brunt of our frustration. An open, heart to heart conversation away from the house and kids is a great way to discuss career goals and aspirations. Chances are they already know how much you like, or don’t like, your current job. Discuss your thoughts and concerns together.
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Author Biography: Chad Storlie is a Retired US Army Officer, the author of Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and has published over 250 articles in over 150 publications on military veterans, career advancement, business, leadership, strategy, education, financial planning, and national security topics. Chad excels as an author, mentor, speaker, and teacher showing business leaders and military veterans how military skills make lives, careers, and businesses better.
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