There’s something about a new year that feels like a fresh start. It’s the proverbial changing of the calendar that puts us into the mind set of change. Whether it is to lose a few pounds and set aside time for a new exercise plan, or maybe save more money or even re-evaluate your career. I’ve seen it many times with friends and family looking to make a career change and there is something about this time of year that sets them in motion. While there is no right time to look for a new job, there is only the right time for you and knowing what you want and when you are ready for a change is a huge part of that process.
Before you start looking, it’s important to determine why you are thinking of looking to make a change. Here are some things you should ask yourself:

  • Are you able to progress your career in the direction you want where you are now?
  • Do you find what you are doing challenging?
  • Do you enjoy the team you are work with?
  • Do you feel like the company respects you and your contributions?
  • Are you getting the recognition you think you should be receiving in your current position?

If you answered no to any of these questions, it might be time to think about making a change. This is both exciting and probably a little scary! Especially if you have been in your current position for a while, you might feel a little rusty at searching for a job. You already know the basics: freshening up your resume, and updating your LinkedIn profile. What else? Well, even before you do those things I always suggest doing a personal evaluation. Some things to ask yourself: What do you want to do? Where would you like to work? Do you see yourself at a competitor of your current company or maybe in a completely different industry? Do you see owning your own business as your future? If you aren’t faced with a lay off and have time to consider what’s out there, I say take the time to really think about the possibilities. Talk to your friends, understand what they do and who they know, you may be surprised at what doors that can open. Try reaching out to a recruiter to discuss your skills and how those could be transferable into a different industry. I often find that people are surprised at how much they really know and how those skills can be marketed in ways they hadn’t considered previously. Ultimately it is your career and you have control of the direction you are headed, so it doesn’t hurt to wander a bit off the map to get you to your destination!

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