Have you reached that moment in your career when you know it’s time for a change but you’re not sure what that change needs to be? From excessive Sunday night blues to feeling constantly frustrated in the workplace, there are many signs that now might be the right moment to make that leap of faith into a whole new working environment. But how do you find the company for you?
Start with your skills and experience
Whether you’re looking for a final destination or a company that will create the progression path you have always hoped for, reviewing the skills and experience that you currently have is a good place to start when it comes to deciding how to move on.
What spectrum does your experience cover and which parts of it provided the most satisfying and stimulating moments in your previous roles?
Which of the (many) skills that you’ve acquired do you most enjoy using on a daily basis? Is your skills development up to date and how broad does your skill set go – i.e. outside, as well as inside, the workplace.
It may also be useful to compile a wish list in terms of the elements that your ideal company would have. If you could create your ideal working environment what top 10 components would make it absolutely perfect?
Ask yourself some key questions
Finding the right company can involve asking some pretty searching questions in terms of your current role, how you got there and what you want next. In particular, if you want to make sure that your next move is a constructive one, it’s a good idea to address the following:
- What kind of management style suits you?
Think about the managers you have responded positively to and those who have been more of a challenge.
- Are there specific aspects of your current, or previous, position that you’re either struggling with or just not enjoying?
Eliminating cultures that don’t suit your personality is a good first step towards finding a company that feels like a better fit.
- Are there working environments that you show a genuine interested in?
If you’ve already found something you like the look of this might be a good start.
- What does a good day at work consist of for you?
Look at the elements that spring from the position itself and highlight these as goal components for your next move.
The time you dedicate to identifying what makes the right working environment for you means you’re much more likely to find that perfect role when you actually start your search.