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If the New Year Has Made You Consider a Career Move Careful Thought and Planning is Needed

Copyright (c) 2012 Alison Withers

The New Year is a time that prompts people to think about their future plans and assess where they are and where they want to be and this is likely to be true even at a time when there are considerable national and international economic problems.

One aspect of life that people often assess at this time is the state of their career, their current job and how they feel about it, particularly if they have been feeling either restless or unfulfilled by what they are doing.

It is tempting to immediately start looking around for something better but it may be better to pause and take stock before doing so. This means looking closely at both personal reasons and the company the person is currently with.

Suppose that the person is currently in a secretarial role and wants to progress their career to a PA or Executive Assistant's position. The first step is to identify what elements of their current role they do you enjoy and not enjoy, what is missing and what is their ideal situation. It is important to understand one's personal character and how well it fits with the corporate culture.

Having identified these, although there may not be an immediate vacancy in the current company that does not mean there will not be an opportunity in the coming year, whether it is the chance of trying out the role while someone is on maternity leave, or because a person has had to move on because of a change in their own circumstances.

The next step before looking elsewhere is to be clear about the long term future of the current company. Does it have a career progression and training policy that might be available to improve existing skills, for example? If the issue is that a person has outgrown the demands of their current position but actually likes the company and the people they work with this may be preferable to moving elsewhere.

Equally when times are uncertain and many businesses are struggling if the current company is secure and in a field that has good future prospects for continuing it may be wiser to stay put. A busy work schedule and plenty of advance orders from clients are good indications of a healthy company.

In many companies the New Year often sees the start of a new recruitment budget and it may be that there will be opportunities for growth within the company but if after carefully assessing the current potential within the company a person decides they need a change of environment and want to look elsewhere planning is still key.

It is probably sensible not to let it be widely known that you are actively looking unless you have skills that are rare but in demand.

While it is said to be easier to find another job when a person is already employed, enlisting the help of a specialist recruitment agency is often a key to finding the ideal next step.

The agency will want to see your CV and also meet and get to know you before it agrees to register you with them. However, a good agency will have good, long-term relationships with its clients, many of whom may not advertise vacancies widely. This will offer access to vacancies you might otherwise not hear of once the agency has been satisfied that a candidate has the qualities and skills it is looking for.

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The New Year often provokes dissatisfaction with the current job but some assessment and careful planning is needed before making a move. Talking to a recruitment agency is a good start. By Ali Withers. <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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