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DECISION TIME: WHEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE JOBS?

Author: Richard Snarey

Published date: 2019/09

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​“Should I start looking for a new job?” It’s a question that’s likely to have crossed your mind (especially if you’re reading this blog post). People will often tell you that you must be in a job for at least a year before even considering moving on. However, modern working practices mean that allegiance to a particular position or company is not as crucial as it once was. With greater mobility and more people working on temporary and freelance contracts, changing roles is easier and generally more accepted than ever before.

The question is; how do you know when the time is right to leave for pastures new? And how do you know you’re doing it for the right reasons? While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, PRS has successfully guided thousands of professionals into new roles, so here we highlight some of the reasons why it might be time to go.

Your pay hasn’t increased for some time

If you’ve been in a job for at least 12 months with no sign of a pay rise or pay review, it could be time to start looking for a new role. This is particularly important if your pay remains the same while living costs continue to rise, meaning you end up worse off each year.

That being said, ensure that you’ve done everything in your power to ask for a pay rise before you move on. If you’ve never brought up the topic with your employer, it’s unlikely they’ll award you a raise from the goodness of their heart. Also, ask yourself whether you’ve achieved enough to warrant your employer giving you a pay rise.

If you’ve tried and failed to secure a pay rise, changing roles could be an effective way to help you get the extra cash you deserve. A specialist recruiter like PRS can assess your skills and experience and advise you on the salary you should be aiming for.

You’re not learning

While many employers have professional development schemes in place to enrich their employees, we know this is unfortunately not always the case. From legislation changes affecting role responsibilities to keeping up with evolving technology, it’s imperative you keep your skills fresh to remain employable.

If you’re currently working for a company with out-of-date working practices or zero training and development initiatives, you might want to explore other options. The longer you stay, the more negatively it will affect you in the future.

You’ve outgrown your role

When you’ve been in the same job for some time, it’s inevitable that you’ll eventually outgrow it and be ready for the next challenge. In some companies, you may be awarded a promotion, but sometimes there isn’t the capacity, or there might be someone else already in the role you want.

Even if you love the company you work for, you need to be honest and ask yourself what you want from your career. That’s why you need to take extra care when it comes to selecting a recruitment partner. Work with one that will take the time to find not only the right role for you but also a company with a culture and approach to business that’s in line with your values.

Have you decided it’s time to make the move to another role? The team at PRS can help secure your next position in the property and built environment sector. View our latest roles or get in touch to discuss your needs with us today.