Making Good Decisions
It’s been a funny year. I think we can all agree that I don’t mean in a ‘ha ha’ kind of way. The world has become a place that at times has felt unrecognizable, and so much of what we once took for granted has been taken away from us that at points it has felt as though we are stuck in a movie without an end.
But this life is a real one and that means that real events continue, and real decisions still need to be made.
We have seen a huge number of individuals in the job market this year: both pre-COVID, and currently. There are many people looking for a new job for the same reasons they would any other year; career progression, a salary increase, unhappiness in the workplace, seeking a more flexible work arrangement, etc. etc. But something we are seeing more of a pattern of is people looking for a new job but not really being able to pinpoint why.
At the risk of sounding like a know-it-all, I am going to tell you why. Boredom. Well boredom and a desperate need for change. For men and women all across the globe, we have not been able to leave our own little corner of the planet in a very long time, and if we have it’s come at the price of quarantine and stress. We have not been able to go on vacations, visit our families, attend friends’ weddings or plan any adventures. As human beings we crave something new and exciting, and in a lot of cases we crave change even if we don’t really realize it.
So here comes the question for job-seekers….. are you looking for a new job or are you just looking for something new? If the answer is a new job and you can really drill down on why, then brilliant BUT if you are completely and utterly honest with yourself and you are just looking for something, anything new then think very long and hard about the implications of immersing yourself in the employment market. Job searching is a commitment and once you make that commitment you need to be prepared to give the best representation of yourself which means being clear about your objectives and your goals.
I am not for one moment discouraging anyone from looking for a new role – in fact I wouldn’t be very good at my own job if I was to do that; but I am encouraging anyone reading this to consider the why as the last thing you want to do is get half-way through a process and realize that actually this is not the change you were looking for.
So my point is this: don’t let 2020 trick you into doing something you don’t want to do, but do let the experiences of this year make you bold enough to make the right decisions for you. And if that just so happens to be a new job, well I know a great recruitment agency who can help 😊