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The round of Christmas parties has finished and it’s only a few more working days until the end of the year. For many, year-end bonuses are due to be paid so what are you waiting for? Get your CV dusted off and updated and begin looking for another job for 2016?

Wait! Just look at this list of points and consider your own situation. Leaving behind your old job and starting a new position will make a huge change to your life so make sure that you’re doing this for the right reasons:

It isn’t a New Year’s resolution

You don’t have to look for a new job at the start of the year just because it’s the start of the year! Your motivation for moving needs to be a bit more consideration. Yes, seasonally, there will be more positions being advertised however you need to make sure that this is the right time for you.

Keep your own counsel

Was there a lot of gossip at the office Christmas Party? There are always a few people who complain regardless of how good things are. Don’t get drawn into this type of gossip as it is not a positive experience and it could cloud your judgement of a situation or indeed a person. You should be making your own decisions and not listening to other opinions which can often be subjective. If you do decide to move, you’re best not to tell anyone beforehand so that you remain in control of the process. Half way though looking for a new job, you may change your mind and if you’ve told others then you never know if they might tell someone in the future.

Write down the pros and cons

Take some time to write about the good points and bad points about your job, the company and your boss. Consider opportunities and challenges and where you would like to be in 12 months’ time. Then spend some more time reflecting on this list and working out what you can and can’t change. It’s only when you have a list of things you can’t change – which could include your motivation, you should really think about other career opportunities.

Write down all your reasons for leaving

In my experience, applicants tend to have more than one reason for leaving. After committing your reasons to paper, put them into the format that you would use when asked this question at interview. How does it sound? Might you sound petulant or is it compelling!

Money isn’t everything

To some, money is the only driver to make them do a certain job. To others, the actual job, the company and the people can be the strongest motivator. If you are making your list of pros and cons, you should consider this too. You should also consider that the higher the salary you wish to achieve, the larger the job and its responsibilities too.

Talk to your boss

I don’t mean tell your boss that you’re thinking about leaving! Look at your list of pros and cons and work out if there are any issues you could share and resolve. If you feel undervalued, tell your boss. If you want more responsibility and feel that you can justify this then ask about it. You shouldn’t just walk away without trying to put some issues right. In my experience, most employers would rather make changes and support an employee rather than try to hire a replacement.

Consider other roles within your company

Do you like the company that you work with? Could there be another position offering the opportunities you’re looking for – it could look better on your CV in the long term.

A job offer won’t get you a salary increase

Sometimes applicants think that if they get a job offer from another firm that they will immediately receive a counter offer from their current employer. This is a risky course of action and should not be taken lightly While the counter offer with the increased salary might be the sticking plaster you were looking for, your employer now has you on their radar so you might not get the promotion that you were after 12 months from now and you might find someone else taking your place. There’s also a high chance you’ve burned your bridges with the new company who made you the offer too – not to mention the recruiter if you engaged with one to help you find your next job.

So there you have some points to consider… and if you still want to move then you can start your search with the knowledge that you considered all your options and now is the time to take the next step in your career.

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