5 Things You Must Consider When Changing Jobs

5 Things You Must Consider When Changing Jobs

7 February 2017



People change jobs. People become unemployed. These are two indisputable facts. Otherwise there would be no need for recruiters!

Within the current Millenials generations, ‘job hopping’ (changing jobs every two years or less) is not seen as something shameful. It’s just part of finding the right fit and gaining more experience. The ‘job for life’ mantra uttered a generation ago no longer exists.

So, how do you leave a job gracefully? Ideally, you could hand in your notice thirty seconds before your last day and run out the door. Obviously, that won’t ever be the case. But there are ways to deal with the situation so that you don’t burn your bridges or manage to alienate the office you’re leaving behind.

The most important thing, of course, is to never take the decision to leave a company lightly. Just because you had a bad week or a bad month isn’t necessarily grounds for divorce.

But, if your heart is set on pastures new, we’re here to make the transition period run smoothly. Follow our five tips for leaving your current job without causing any aggro.

Make sure the timing is right

Don't resign shortly after you receive your bonus or achieve a target. This will make you think about your time with that business in a less critical manner and make you less inclined to remember the true reason you are leaving (making you more likely to accept a counter offer). It might also create a perception that you are purely motivated by money amongst your current colleagues, which you may not want.

On the flipside of this, a few bad days or a particularly stressful project doesn’t mean you hate your job. If you’re really serious about moving on, you’ll have to find a better reason than that.

Prepare for a counter offer

It doesn't matter whether you think you will or won't be made a counter-offer to stay. Prepare yourself mentally – saying no can often be hard! Remember what your reason is for leaving in the first place and don't believe any promises that are made relating to change and improvement. A counter offer will not resolve any challenges or frustrations that led you to decide to leave in the first place. Don't allow yourself to be swayed by a financial incentive. 

Put it in writing

A clearly signed and dated resignation letter is just good manners. You should also make your reasons for leaving known (without being rude). This feedback is vital for your employer and they should take it on board if it is relevant. Thank them for any opportunities you have been given during your time at the company. There are plenty of helpful examples online.

Don't burn your bridges

Be respectful of your employer and their employees. When you hand in your notice, don't shout about it. Speak to your line manager first. Don't post anything on social media until you start your new job and don't rub it in your colleagues faces. Also, don’t bad mouth the place. Chances are, if you’re moving to a similar business, there may well be connections there.

Stay sober on your leaving night

Well … Relatively. 





Written By Billy McDiarmid


I agree with you Gordon it is difficult to progress to a new job where you are competently qualified but they seek someone younger!!!! - We mature people still have value to add to the workforce for a few years yet!!!!
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 09:41 by Ann Matthew
There has not been any real consistency in my working especially after I left Teleperformance. This I believe was due to family pressures with my dad becoming diabetic my father having his leg amputated moving house with me changing my religion and with me having to move out. This as you can imagine was very stressful for me - but I am hoping now to settle in a job that offers me satisfaction.
Posted on Monday, May 09, 2016 18:54 by Hamid Shami
Hi I left my job of almost 15 years through illness, anxiety and ultimately depression, the illness was at least partly due to my job, working in a call centre for a bank all that time. Now thankfully fully fit and not on any medication I am seeking work in which I can get full job satisfaction. However at 62 years of age it is becoming incredibly difficult even for a person like myself who has so much to offer. Sometimes I feel even though its against the law that ageism plays a part with some employers. Gordon McQueen
Posted on Monday, May 09, 2016 18:11 by Gordon McQueen

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