Everyone has contemplated switching jobs at least a few times in their career – whether because of a better opportunity, the feeling of having plateaued in the current role, or just wanting a change. While frequent job hoppers may enjoy exploring new opportunities, longtime employees sometimes have a harder time deciding if a transition is worth it – after all, job changes come with new challenges including building relationships with a new set of colleagues and learning a whole new set of tasks and organizational systems. At times the hassle may not justify the change, but there are plenty of situations where a job change may be worth the effort.
Better benefits or pay
Low pay or pay that doesn’t match industry standards is often a major reason employees seek a new job. When an employee’s current pay does not meet market standards or suit the cost of living in their city, securing a better paying job can be a huge relief. However, professionals may want to be wary of accepting a role on the basis of pay alone – it’s important to weigh other factors, including a healthy work-life balance, good colleagues and a professional environment, as well as good benefits such as health insurance and life insurance.
Incompatibility with the current company or role
If an employee feels they no longer fit in at the current company, it can make sense to look out for other jobs. They might feel this way for a number of reasons – maybe the company’s vision and mission has changed, which causes some employees to consider whether working there still aligns with their larger career goals. Or, maybe an employee’s role and responsibilities have changed to something they’re less enthusiastic about or suited for. Either way, seeking out a better fit can help professionals feel more positive and excited about work.
More opportunities for advancement
Against an employee’s best efforts, sometimes growth opportunities plateau. They might be part of a small department with no room to grow, they might need outside experience to continue advancing, or a promotion might just not be in the budget. Whatever the reason, hitting a career plateau might be a good time to pursue outside opportunities.
A better skill or interest match
Most people on the job market understand taking a job because it’s the best opportunity available, even if it’s not their dream job. Many employees who accept jobs they are less than thrilled about eventually become settled in their roles. And sometimes, even if a better job is available, feeling comfortable may prevent them from taking advantage of the opportunity. While everyone has different priorities, pursuing a role that could be more interesting or relevant to an employee’s skillset can create more job satisfaction and a greater sense of professional purpose. In this situation, it may be worth changing jobs and getting over the learning curve – this can lead to feeling more satisfied overall with one’s career.
Source: Northwestern Mutual
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