Northwest Insurance Itchy FeetItchy feet? Might be a good time to move jobs …

If you feel stuck in a rut or you’re dreading going to work on Monday morning then the New Year may be time to consider your career options, according to recruiting experts Hays Insurance.

The recruiter says there is no set timeframe for changing jobs, but if your current employer is not able to offer you the opportunity to advance your skills in the direction you wish to pursue, then now could be the sweet spot for moving on.
“Candidates are more willing to consider leaving their current roles if they are sure a new role offers opportunities for growth and that the company and staff are stable,” says Jane McNeill, director of Hays Insurance. “Candidates can feel more confident in 2014 – improving economic conditions are making companies more confident about their hiring plans, so it’s actually a good time to take stock of your career.”

Put your best foot forward:
Moving on is a big step, so take your time when choosing which roles you are looking for. A recruiting expert can help develop a game plan for finding your next job by matching the best one for you and your career aspirations in the short, medium and long-term.
Think of your career plan along the lines of a business plan and ask yourself what your long-term career objectives are and what you want to get out of your job. You also need to consider what you need to study and what your individual priorities are.
Once firm goals are in place, do your research into what you are worth in the jobs market – the Hays Salary Guide can provide details about salary expectations and market demand. Then make sure you can provide solid evidence of your career history and qualifications for a prospective employer.

Negotiate face-to-face
“When you have secured an interview it is a good idea to gather information about the company,” said McNeill. “In the interview, be sure to make yourself memorable to the employer by giving anecdotes about your career history, past actions and results. You should always directly relate these experiences to the job description.
“In the interview ask insightful questions like, ‘what prospects are there for personal and professional development?’ or ‘what skills and attributes do successful people at your company usually have?’
A useful tactic at the end of the interview is to ask ‘how do you think I match up with this position?’
“When negotiating a salary package don’t forget about the important things other than money – such as annual leave, super, flexi time, phone or car space.”

Check your progress
Finally, it is worth noting that career planning or goal setting will only achieve its purpose if you adhere to the principles of measuring your progress and following the path you have planned. This means it is important to write down your goals.
According to McNeill, putting your thoughts in writing allows you to keep clear focus, check your achievements and make the necessary alterations when required. Your career will probably span the next thirty years of your life, so start planning now!