Consider a New Career Opportunity the Right Way


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Increase your chances of making your next career move a good one by analyzing your motivations and understanding how to effectively evaluate an opportunity. In this article, we go into detail how to weigh your current role and employer to your ideal role and organization. Additionally, we outline how to comprehensively consider a particular career opportunity to ensure it will be beneficial to your career, personal life and future.

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Consider a New Career Opportunity the Right Way

  1. 1. C o n s i d e r   a   N e w  C a r e e r   O p p o r t u n i t y   t h e   R i g h t  W a y                   A  recent  study  conducted  by  CareerBuilder  found  that   21%  of  full-­‐time  employees  plan  to  change  jobs  in  2014.  If   you’re  one  of  those  thinking  about  pursuing  a  new   opportunity,  chances  are  you  understand  that  choosing  to   do  so  is  a  big  decision.  After  all,  it  takes  a  substantial   amount  of  time  to  update  your  resume,  research  available   positions  and  prospective  employers,  and  interview.  Quite   frankly,  looking  for  a  new  role  can  be  a  full-­‐time  job  in   itself.  Analyzing  your  motivations  before  contemplating  a   career  move  and  knowing  how  to  effectively  evaluate  a   new  opportunity  will  help  to  increase  your  chances  of   making  the  right  move.     Assessing  Your  Current  Position  &   Employer  vs.  Your  Ideal   Those  who  decide  they’re  ready  to  make  a  change   typically  share  common  motives  for  doing  so.  According   to  Deloitte’s  September  2012  report  entitled  “Talent  2020:   Surveying  the  Talent  Paradox  From  the  Employee   Perspective”,  job-­‐seeking  professionals  cite  the  following   as  the  top  reasons  they  would  consider  looking  for  new   employment: ✓ 27%  –  Lack  of  career  progress ✓ 22%  –  New  opportunities  in  the  market ✓ 22%  –  Dissatisfaction  with  manager  /  supervisor ✓ 21%  –  Lack  of  challenge ✓ 21%  –  Lack  of  compensation  increase While  these  are  all  valid  reasons  for  wanting  to  leave  a   job,  the  decision  to  pursue  a  new  opportunity  is  not  to  be   taken  lightly.  Three  important  pieces  of  advice  are: ➡ Don’t  explore  or  take  a  position  just  because   you  want  to  get  out  of  your  job.   There  may  be  times  when  you’re  interested  in  an   opportunity  simply  because  you’re  looking  for  a  way   out  of  your  current  position.  The  new  opportunity   may  seem  great  at  first  but  it’s  best  to  take  time  to   consider  if  it’s  really  something  you  want  to  do  and  is   a  step  in  the  direction  that  is  closer  to  your  personal   and  professional  goals. ➡ Don’t  explore  or  take  a  job  just  because  you’re   dissatisfied  with  your  compensation.   You’ve  probably  heard  this  advice  before.  Truly,  it’s   rare  that  a  person  is  satisfied  a  few  months  after   taking  a  new  job  simply  because  it  gives  them  more   spending  money. ➡ Never  leave  your  current  job  unless  you’re   leaving  for  something  else.   Having  a  gap  in  your  resume  looks  suspicious  enough.   Furthermore,  having  a  resume  gap  that  was  self-­‐ inflicted  can  make  you  seem  irresponsible  to  a   prospective  employer.  In  either  case,  resume  gaps  are   often  viewed  negatively. Analyzing your motivations before contemplating a career move and knowing how to effectively evaluate a new opportunity will help to increase your chances of making the right move.
  2. 2. Consider a New Career Opportunity The Right Way Beyond  the  aforementioned  recommendations,  it’s   important  to  understand  why  you’re  willing  to  explore   new  career  opportunities.  As  executive  search   consultants,  the  majority  of  our  candidates  are  passive   job-­‐seekers,  meaning  they  are  not  actively  looking  for   new  roles.  And  that  may  be  the  case  with  you.  However,   you  still  need  to  understand  why  you’re  willing  to  pursue   an  opportunity  and  the  characteristics  of  your  ideal  role   and  organization.  If  you  are  discontent  with  your  current   position  or  employer,  analyze  why.  Reflecting  on  your   situation  helps  you  realize  what  it  is  you’re  seeking. Winter 2014 Navigator After  you’ve  considered  all  of  these  elements  of  a  career   change,  you  can  feel  confident  that  you’re  properly   prepared  to  begin  updating  your  resume  and  looking  for   positions  and  organizations  that  are  truly  in  your  best   interest.   Evaluating  a  New  Opportunity The  following  is  our  advice  on  what  to  consider  before   beginning  to  explore  new  opportunities: As  you  begin  to  review  specific  job  opportunities,  ask   yourself  the  questions  outlined  below  to  evaluate  the  fit   of  the  potential  role.  Doing  this  will  also  help  you   structure  answers  to  questions  that  a  prospective   employer  may  ask  during  the  interview  process.   Your  current  role  /  employer: Role:   ➡ What  are  the  responsibilities  or  challenges  of  your   position  that  you  do  not  enjoy  or  that  make  you   dissatisfied? ➡ What  are  the  responsibilities  and  challenges  of  the   position?  Compare  them  to  your  current  and  ideal   job.   ➡ What  aspects  of  your  role  do  you  not  like?  (i.e.  co-­‐ workers,  reporting  relationships,  compensation) ➡ What  skills  lead  to  success  in  the  position  and  do  you   possess  them?  Will  the  role  utilize  and  expand  your   skills  and  expertise?   ➡ What  are  the  characteristics  of  your  employer  that   make  you  feel  like  you  do  not  belong  there?  (i.e.  work   environment,  corporate  culture,  organizational   values  and  principles,  short-­‐  and  long-­‐term  objectives   and  strategies). Your  ideal  role  /  employer:   ➡ What  types  of  responsibilities  and  challenges  do  you   enjoy? ➡ What  are  the  short-­‐  and  long-­‐term  expectations  of   the  role?  Are  you  familiar  with  those  types  of   expectations  and  executing  such  initiatives?  How  is   performance  evaluated?  Do  you  feel  you  would   flourish  in  the  role?   ➡ Does  the  opportunity  support  your  current  and  long   term  career  aspirations  and  is  it  a  step  in  the  right   direction?  What  advancement  opportunities  exist?   ➡ What  do  you  really  want  to  do  with  your  career?  What   are  your  professional  goals? ➡ What  impact  does  the  role  have  upon  the   organization  itself?  Will  you  have  an  opportunity  to   make  a  difference?  Does  it  provide  meaning  to  you   personally  and  does  it  support  your  values? ➡ What  are  your  personal  goals  and  what  does  your   career  need  to  offer  to  support  those  objectives? Team  &  Reporting  Relationships:   ➡ What  are  your  skills?  What  is  your  expertise? ➡ What  meaning  do  you  want  from  your  job? ➡ In  what  type  of  corporate  culture  do  you  thrive?  What   values  and  principles  does  your  ideal  employer   support? ➡ What  is  your  ideal  work  environment? ➡ What  type  of  organizational  structure  best  supports   your  work  style? ➡ Who  does  the  position  report  to  and  work  closely   with?  Are  those  individuals  happy  within  the   organization  and  are  they  planning  to  stay?  What  are   their  personal  and  professional  traits,  and  are  they   similar  to  your  own?   ➡ How  well  does  the  team  interact  and  communicate?   What  are  its  strengths  and  weaknesses?
  3. 3. Winter 2014 Navigator Consider a New Career Opportunity The Right Way Corporate  Culture:   leads  to  happiness  and  satisfaction.  However,  there  are   ➡ What  is  the  work  environment  (cubicles,  offices,  or   the  new  flexible  type  of  workspace)?   compensation  considerations  to  take  into  account:   ➡ Is  the  compensation  package  being  offered   commensurate  with  your  experience?  Is  there   incentive  compensation  and  how  is  it  determined?   ➡ How  is  the  organization’s  leadership  viewed?  Is   executive  management  respected  and  trusted?  If   appropriate  to  your  role,  consider  the  backgrounds   and  the  personal  and  professional  characteristics  of   the  executive  team.   ➡ Does  the  compensation  warrant  leaving  your  current   position?   ➡ What  are  the  commute  and  travel  requirements  of   ➡ What  are  the  organization’s  overall  values  and   the  position?  Do  they  support  your  lifestyle  and   family/friend  obligations?   principles?  Do  they  reflect  your  own?   ➡ What  are  the  organization’s  short-­‐  and  long-­‐term   objectives  and  strategies?   Lack  of  cultural  fit  is  a  primary  reason  that  many  new   hires  fail  so  it  is  imperative  that  you  give  this  appropriate   consideration.  For  more  extensive  insight,  read  our   article,  Organizational  Culture:  A  Candidate’s  Perspective.   Compensation  &  Other:   As  mentioned  earlier,  we  never  recommend  taking  a  new     position  just  because  of  compensation.  Doing  so  rarely   Finally,  consider  the  reasons  you  identified  as  to  why  you   are  dissatisfied  with  your  current  position  and  employer,   and  make  sure  none  of  those  issues  are  likely  to  occur  or   play  a  part  in  the  prospective  role  and  organization.  It  may   seem  like  these  are  a  lot  of  considerations  when  assessing   a  new  career  opportunity.  But,  changing  jobs  and   employers  carries  a  level  of  risk  at  any  point  during  your   career.  Giving  an  opportunity  the  appropriate  thought   before  taking  a  leap  benefits  you  personally  and   professionally,  and  instills  confidence  that  you  are  making   a  solid  decision.   Written  by  Sami  Barry,  Strategic  Market  Development  and  Tracy  Boczkowski,  Managing  Director  with  Helbling  &  Associates. Related  Blog  Posts:  Position  Yourself  For  A  New  Career  Opportunity,  Top  5  Ways  Executives  Assess  Prospective  Career   Opportunities,  How  To  Leverage  Social  Media  In  Your  Job  Search,  Learn  About  A  Prospective  Employer’s  Culture  Before   Accepting  An  Offer,  13  Resume  Tips  For  Landing  A  New  A|E|C  Or  Facilities  Job  In  2013 Related  Article:  Organizational  Culture  –  A  Candidate’s  Perspective To  subscribe  to  Helbling’s  quarterly  e-­‐Newsletter  and  New  Search  Alerts,  visit  our  home  page  at Social  Media: Blog: Twitter:    @helblingsearch H E L B L I N G & A S S O C I AT E S, I N C . R E TA I N E D E X E C U T I V E S E A RC H RESPONSIVE Motivation  and  urgency  to  fulfill  your  needs RESOURCEFUL RELIABLE RESULTS Performance  that  exceeds  your  expectations Extensive  network  of  contacts  in  your  industry Pittsburgh Comprehensive  and  accurate  market  intelligence RELATIONSHIPS Consulting  based  upon  trust  and  commitment 724.935.7500