Few of us ever stay in the same job any longer. We all know that. But you might be surprised by how often people job-hop. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people nowadays hold 11.7 jobs between 18 and 48.
So, the questions a lot of us might be asking on any given day start with how fulfilled are we? How much greener must the grass be on the other side? Or is it time for not only a new job but perhaps an entirely new career?
Because job changes are frequent, it’s more important than ever for workers to be tuned in to job searching and networking. The successful worker is one who is up-to-date on trends in their industry as well as practiced at interviewing and connecting with potential employers. Upgrading your employment status has become an ongoing process, rather than something you do once or twice during your career.
With all of that in mind, here are four questions that can help you decide your next career move.
- Are you happy with your job and industry?
People often ignore their inner voice. But if you’re are feeling unhappy in your job, it is worth digging into things to better understand your feelings. Is it just a temporary fix or is it a sense of restlessness or dissatisfaction that you can’t define or shake? If your unhappiness is deeply rooted, we’d say it’s time to think about the possibilities.
- How do you feel about the company you keep?
We’re not talking about your friends. But have you found yourself calling into question some of the decisions or policies your company has made since you’ve worked there? It may have started out just fine, but you begin to notice things that don’t jive with your own values. Life’s too short to work for a company whose ethics leave you feeling uncomfortable.
- Could you be more valuable elsewhere?
You have skills. In fact, you have transferable skills. What do we mean? Well, say you’ve worked in the kitchen but you also helped the folks in reservations. These transferable skills could lead you to a new career. Think about what added value you can bring to the table for a new employer.
- What’s happening in your personal life?
Your spouse has found an opportunity in another city. You’ve always wanted to live near the beach. A parent is ailing. The list of possibilities is endless and sometimes the reason for considering a new job will have more to do with what’s happening in your personal life than anything else. And sometimes, it could be something as simple as a commute that has become unbearable. A different industry may be the answer.