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Do I want a new job or is it time to negotiate?

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The pandemic gave people the chance to take stock of their working lives and evaluate new priorities such as remote working, flexible or part time hours and mental health.

‘The Great Resignation’ has seen employees worldwide leave unsatisfying working conditions, with some having a total change of direction of their career path.  A lack of work-life balance, no room for professional growth and a toxic workplace culture are some of the driving forces of workers finding a new job.  Is it time for you to start looking at the job sites and attend job interviews?

Craving some sort of change

If you’re feeling unsettled and have itchy feet but unsure if it’s time to leave your job, have a think about the following three points:

1. Why are you doing your current role at your current employer?

Can you think back to when you first started your present role – what excited you about the job and company, and what were the reasons you took the job? Has something happened to change the company culture or has your job description changed beyond recognition? Perhaps as first step you can chat to your manager, HR or business owner about your challenges to see if anything can be satisfactorily resolved. The business may prefer to keep hold of your skills and experiences, rather than lose a member of staff.

2. Why are you thinking of leaving?

What has triggered the job search?  Ask yourself if this is a short-term annoyance or have you been feeling the same way for a while. Jobs can have peaks and troughs, and just like any long-term relationship we all have bad and good days. Projects go wrong or we’re not enjoying a particular task that’s landed in our inbox, but usually these things are a learning opportunity and shall soon pass.

If you’re feeling frustrated about the lack of professional growth, perhaps you can take some courses (there’s plenty online to choose from) that will further your development. Or you can raise your profile at work so you get the opportunity to move into a department that could be more exciting. Could you talk to someone you trust about the areas you feel are causing you to have doubts about your longevity in the business?

3. Would a pay rise make you stay?

Having a pay increase could be a short-term reason to remain in your role, but it’s worth going back to points 1 and 3. Will a pay rise be enough to put up with the pain of feeling frustrated in your day-to-day work life?

Wote Street People can lend an ear

If you’re thinking about leaving then talk it through in confidence with us. An objective point of view can sometimes put everything into perspective. Also, how good would it be if you could ‘clone’ yourself and look for jobs without sharing your identity? Well this is exactly what we can do for you at Wote Street People.  Armed with details about you we can talk your skills and experience through with companies that better fit your needs and culture requirements – so you are confident that the jump you make is the right one.

Give Maxine a call on 01256 236997 or email maxine@wotestreetpeople.co.uk to see what next steps are best for you!

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