How and why to prepare for a job change?
It is nice to know that you can have a long-term career in a single company. At the same time, we know that retiring from the first job is much less common than it used to be. So, job changes are normal nowadays. But why and how to prepare for a job change?
We believe that a job change is a step that has to be prepared. It must be done in a conscious way, after you assess all the factors involved. We encourage this in order for you to take the best decisions for long-term collaborations, on a job that matches your expectations.
How to prepare for the right job change?
If you are considering making a change, here are several suggestions with concrete steps you can take:
- Make a list with your strengths and with what you want from a new role.
You can apply to every job you see and accept each interview invitation you receive. But also, when you do your homework, this can help you save time and direct your focus towards the relevant discussions.
- Do some research.
Look into the market and find what companies recruit and what are their requirements. Check what reviews these companies have and assess yourself on the skills they ask.
- Update your CV / LinkedIn profile.
We often hear candidates complaining that they don’t receive relevant job offers. We admit that can be due to errors from recruiters, at the same time, also be sure that you wrote on your profile what technologies interest you now (not some years ago or during faculty) and that you put some details about what you are doing at the moment.
Or find a friend who can refer you to the HR from their company. Do you want to work with the newest technologies from the market? Make sure you know them well and find relevant roles for which you could apply.
Use LinkedIn or other similar platforms to connect with HRs and hiring managers from different companies. Follow their activities and pay attention to what they are looking for. When something cathes your eye, don’t hesitate to start a discussion with them.
- Be active and responsive.
It is not enough to connect with recruiters. You also have to access your LinkedIn account, email or other platforms you use to answer as soon as possible to the messages you receive – recommendable once every 1-2 days. It is okay to answer to a message received 1-2 months ago which you ignored at that moment, but it could be highly likely that the role has already been filled. But who knows, they might have similar positions to what they had then.
- Ask for advice from people who know your job.
It is okay to talk to a friend when you receive a job offer, but make sure that the friend has recruiting experience, or that he/ she knows the field you work in. Only in these situations can you receive proper advice for your career. For example, here are some ideas about why would be worth your time to actually talk with an EDUROM consultant.
We, at EDUROM, see the recruitment processes like a collaboration, not a transaction: you have to know what you want from the process and you have to be aware of what you can offer to the other party. If these two match up, it is a good start for a long-term partnership, in which your needs and aspirations can fit in with the right workplace for you.
And if you will be in a situation that isn’t a good fit, keep your confidence and keep the collaboration mindset open for other better contexts.
This article is written by our colleague Sabina. If you want to discuss more on this topic, you can contact her at email@example.com or write her a message on LinkedIn. If you found this article useful, this one might also be of interest: https://www.edurom.ro/do-i-really-need-to-prepare-for-an-interview/.
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