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Trick or treat? Tell-tale signs that you’re ready for a new career challenge

Posted by: Ruth McKinney
31/10/18

In many parts of the world, there will be celebrations tonight to mark the Halloween holiday. Goblins, witches and wizards will all be taking to the streets, asking you to choose between a trick or a treat. Many of us take the safe option and hand over a treat, but does a small part of you ever wonder if you would you have been better off taking the trick? Many of us apply a similar logic to re-entering the job market, which is why we can end up remaining in a job role even when we are not feeling completely content.

Maybe you're not unhappy, perhaps your pay isn’t too bad and the people at work are OK. Taking a chance and making a job move, a career or industry change can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. By using the support and knowledge of an industry specific staffing and mobilisation company like WRS to help you identify and achieve your career goals, can make entering the job market a much easier process. It’s important to remember that there are some advantages too, including, improved standing in a company, an increased salary and benefits package, new challenges and a better work/life balance

So, how do you recognise when it’s the right time to make a change? 

A new challenge to help you reach your potential

Signs that you’re not being challenged to work to your full potential manifest themselves in your overall attitude and approach to your job. You should feel keen and enthusiastic in your approach to your workload. If this is not the case and your job has started to feel mundane, then you probably feel that you are not being given the opportunity to meet your full potential and are looking for a role that can offer you a fresh set of exciting new challenges and the chance to grow as a professional.

Define your goals
 
Not having both short and long-term goals ahead of you, that you can get excited about and that motivate you, is an indication that you might need to make a change. Whether it’s starting a new research project, making more money, advancing to a higher position, hitting a quota or target or launching a new initiative, if you don’t feel like you have anything to work towards in your career, your motivation will eventually dwindle, and your productivity levels will decrease. If you are lacking goals, be pro-active and make a change before you become completely burned out.  

Find the right balance for your lifestyle

Life moves on and priorities change, the lifestyle and career that you wanted at 20 is unlikely to be what you are looking for at 40. Perhaps you’re looking for a change of pace, maybe you need more flexibility with your hours or a remote location no longer suits your family circumstances. Many work-life balance factors can pre-empt or even necessitate a job change. The first step is to re-evaluate your current role and see if it corresponds with your priorities in life. If the two don’t align, then it’s probably time to explore some new options.

Enjoy the rewards

If you have hit a wage ceiling and your salary has not made a significant jump for a long time, it’s time to do some research to see what your current experience and skill set is worth in your market. Survey the average salaries being offered elsewhere for your role, check if there is an enhanced package or a superior career progression available for your role on offer elsewhere. If your research clearly demonstrates that you are not receiving the correct level of remuneration or benefits and your current employer is not able to offer you what you want, then it’s time to start looking.

WRS is a specialist staffing solutions and global mobilisations company. All of our consultants have been hand-picked because they are experts not only in their chosen industry, but have specific sector and geographical knowledge in the mining, maritime, construction, commodities or energy space. Our team members will take the time to gather the in-depth information about your skills, expertise and career aspirations that they need to help you identify the next step in your career and navigate the best route to your next role. 

Send us your CV or register your details today. One of our specialist consultants will help you get the most out of your job search.

 
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