The New Year often signals a sign for change, a new challenge or an exciting opportunity. It therefore isn’t a surprising that January is the most popular month to make a career move.
A survey by Gallup showed that 85% of workers worldwide admitted to not enjoying their jobs, with ‘lack of job satisfaction’ being cited as the number one reason for wanting to change roles.
If you are feeling the January blues and are particularly interested in a fulfilling career within the scientific and clinical industry, as with any goal the first step to success is organization and planning.
Here are our top five things you should consider whilst looking for your new job:
- Know what you are looking for
First and foremost, to ensure you find a job that satisfies you, you need to do a bit of introspection and understand what exactly you want to achieve from it. For example:
- Are you wanting a change of career/industry or just a different position?
- What interests you?
- What skills and experience do you have to offer?
- Would you be willing to re-train or go back to study to get the position you want?
- How much responsibility are you willing to take on?
- Find a job which you will find rewarding, even when times are not so rosy
We spend a substantial portion of our life at work, a third of our lives to be exact. It is therefore important that you find your job enjoyable and rewarding.
However, chances are you will never love every aspect of your work – whether it’s the admin side of the job, the long hours or the people you work with. People who tend to focus on those negative areas rather than being grateful for the positives are more likely to feel depressed and discouraged. It is important you find a role that is professionally and personally rewarding, but it’s also important to remember to focus on the areas you like and not just those you don’t.
- Find a job that adds balance to your life
Your job and career are an important part of your life, they give you a sense of purpose and money to pay your bills and do things you enjoy. However, when looking for a new job it is important to consider the balance between work and play. For example, if you are currently very overwhelmed and stressed in your workplace, think about looking for a job with less responsibility, or flexible hours. Although this may result in a pay cut, it will improve your overall work-life balance.
- Find a job that offers the opportunity to learn and grow
A study by Quantum Workplace showed employees listed growth opportunity as one of their highest drivers of engagement. This could take the form of:
- Financial growth – increased income related to performance, or promotional opportunities
- Career growth – moving up the ranks in the organization, more significant duties, increased job titles
- Professional knowledge growth – ensuring you can increase your knowledge in your field
If these are important to you, when applying for a job remember to ask what the opportunities are for progression and training.
- Does the company culture fit your personality?
Company culture defines the environment in which employees work; some companies have a relaxed team-based culture, and some a strict corporate management style.
It is important to do your research about a company’s culture when job searching. This can be done by looking on sites such as Glassdoor for reviews.
You are much more likely to enjoy time in your workplace and have high job satisfaction if the company culture is one that you enjoy and can relate to.
- The company’s values align with yours
Many people these days favour a more meaningful career over the option of climbing the corporate ladder. To increase your job satisfaction, it is important that your personal values are in line with the company’s values. The best way to define this is to:
Step 1– Take time to identify your personal core values; what do you place importance on, what values do you dislike etc.
Step 2– Familiarize yourself with your organization’s values; what matters most to the firm, how do they treat employers, what area of the company do they invest most in.
Step 3– Create a plan; if there are certain attributes or values that are extremely important to you, ensure your workplace places importance on them too.
By following these steps, you will hopefully find a company with the same values as yourself, making life at work much more rewarding.
Many organizations start their recruitment process at this time of year, so it’s a great time to take stock and re-evaluate what you really want. By following our tips and advice, you can make sure you’re clear on what you want and be prepared to grab the opportunity when the right one comes around.
If you are aiming for a fresh start in your career in 2019 keep an eye on our job listings here . We can help you to kick-start your job search in the right way.