Jobhop Jobhop's blog : 7 Ways to Prepare for a Job Hop
How does it happen?
Perhaps you've found something that interests you more. Perhaps you've just lost interest. Perhaps your company is downsizing.
These are just some of the reasons people find themselves wanting to move on from their current job.
Are you facing the job change? Be sure to take it slowly and make sure what you really want to do is leave your job. Then use our 7 step guide, and you will be much more prepared - and on a path toward job hop success. Also, remember that job hopping is a natural life progression; this study shows that the average person changes jobs an average of 12 times during his or her career.
1. Can you job hop within the organisation?
If you're not enjoying your current job, but like your company, one of the first places to consider for new employment might be your current employer. When you're interested in changing your job role, a transfer could be a good way to start a new career path without having to seek employment within a different company. However, an internal move can sometimes be risky if you're not careful about how you handle your transfer request. Here are some tips on how to go about it:
Consider discussing it with your manager - It makes sense to discuss the possibility of making an internal move directly with your current manager, so they don't think that you're sneaking around behind their back.
Ensure that your attitude and performance continue to be the best - You relationship with your manager and his or her opinion about your character, work habits and productivity will carry considerable weight as you apply for the new positions. Most companies are reluctant to let a star employee leave the company, but won't usually hesitate to send a minor employee packing if they seem unhappy with their current position.
If you're targeting other departments at your firm, look for the opportunities to interact with the staff in those departments. You could volunteer for projects that will enable you to showcase your talent and worth ethic to the co-workers and managers in those departments of interest. Track down those group assignments for company-wide initiatives that may raise your visibility and therefore bring you into contact with potential managers.
2. Make sure you're prepared
Before you're able to fully immerse yourself into the job market, you need to make sure you're prepared for your job search. Take a long look at your current skills and experience and determine whether you're developed enough in your current position to be looking for a new job.
It's also important to make sure that your personal brand is prepared for your job search. Take a look at your LinkedIn profile and any additional social media accounts, and update as needed. It might also be worth sharing industry-related content, maintaining a professional blog, and networking online with professionals as you continue your job search.
3. Help make the transition go well
Meet with your manager or supervisor and offer to do whatever you can to help fill the void created by you leaving. Don't leave your boss drowning in unfinished work. Determine a transition plan for your responsibilities and unfinished business, or you could offer to help train the person who will carry out your duties. Your professionalism during your remaining time will be remembered when reference checks are carried out in the future.
One of the main keys to successfully carrying out a job hop is your networking abilities. Networking means developing a broad list of contacts - people you've met through various business and social functions - and using them to your advantage when looking for a job. People in your network might be able to give you job leads, offer you information and advice about a particular industry or company, and introduce you to others so that you're able to expand your network.
The best place to start developing your network is with your friends, family, and colleagues - and with their friends, family and colleagues, but don't just stop there. Talk to coworkers and those you meet at industry gatherings, such as conferences and trade shows. Talk with former colleagues, bosses and teachers.
The key to successful networking is choosing to put in the energy that's needed to make it work. First, you need to get organised (by keeping a business card file or computer database). Second, you need to stay in contact (through email or regular phone calls). Third, you need to set yourself goals (such as 3 new contacts per week).
5. Give a decent amount of notice
Providing a two week notice period is usually the norm. However, if your job is complex and therefore will be difficult to fill, or if you're in a higher level management position, be prepared to provide additional time for your employer to find your replacement and as mentioned above, offer to train the person.
6. Work as hard as you can
All the way up until the final minute on your last day. The best way to ensure you leave on a positive note is to work as hard as possible at your job and at ensuring a smooth transition right up until the minute you walk out of the door.
7. Leave positively and professionally
Now this one is easier done if you like your boss and coworkers, but do try to leave on a positive note no matter what. Thank people for the experience, the opportunities, and the lessons that you're leaving with. Also, try to have a private conversation with your manager and other people who have been supportive and helpful. And, if you choose to, stay connected. Whether you use LinkedIn, Facebook, email, or meeting up for a coffee regularly, stay in touch with the people who matter the most to you.
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