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5 good reasons for a job change

01/03/2022 2022/02

Who hasn't experienced this? You come home after a frustrating day at work and think to yourself "I'll look for a new job at the weekend!". Often a little distance helps us to clarify whether the cause of these thoughts is a mood swing - because things aren't going perfectly in our private lives either, for example - or whether there are tangible, real reasons to change employers.

Problem analysis with helpful friends

To find this out, a problem analysis helps. Sounds technical, but it doesn't have to be! Our preferred way is to talk to an objective friend. By being forced to present the facts in as structured a way as possible, you are already sorting things out for yourself in your head. If your conversation partner neutrally and objectively takes in what you have heard, reflects and mirrors it, you will quickly find out whether there are valid reasons for a job change.

Boreout - a qualitative or quantitative underchallenge

Being underchallenged is just as unhealthy as being overchallenged. If you feel like you do the same thing every day, have too little variety and do your tasks left-handed, you are probably qualitatively underchallenged. This is a condition that is often not even recognised. Dialogue with a trusted person can help to recognise this problem. Now it's time to take action! Schedule a staff meeting and talk to your supervisor about your problem. Is there an option for a substantive job enrichment or a transfer?  If not, a job change might be a good idea now.

Lack of opportunities for further development 

You wake up in the morning and don't feel like going to work? Have you been in the same job for a long time? Your manager offers neither support nor freedom to develop your potential despite your request? Depending on the size and structure of the company, it may be possible to move to another department and be assigned to a new manager. First explore all possibilities before deciding to separate.

Lack of appreciation 

A simple "thank you" can work wonders. Unfortunately, many managers are not aware of this. Yet appreciation and recognition is one of the most common reasons for changing employers. Have you tried Albert Bandura's model learning method? Sometimes it helps to model the desired behaviour to your boss. 

Dissatisfaction with the industry or profession

You can no longer identify with the industry? Essential framework conditions have changed in your profession? And this is no longer in harmony with you as a person? Then you definitely have good reasons to look for a new field of activity. It is best to proceed systematically! Analyse what exactly is bothering you. And try to find out what you are missing on the other side. This quick analysis may already give you an idea for a new target sector or a new profession.

More salary with the competition

High on the list of the most common reasons for quitting is salary.
Do you have the feeling that your work performance is actually worth more salary?
That you earn better at the competition? And do you therefore feel demotivated and perhaps also treated unfairly?
Before you try your luck elsewhere, talk to your supervisor. Perhaps you will succeed in getting a gradual salary increase. Or you might compensate for your salary wishes with other company benefits (e.g. fitness studio, etc.). In any case, it is worthwhile to prepare intensively for this salary interview. Because if the pay is the only drawback of your current company, there is a lot to be said for staying.

How many job changes can a CV take?

In the past, HR managers wanted to see constant CVs with few company changes. In today's VUCA world, which is characterised by agility and speed, applicants' CVs have become far more dynamic and changeable. The question of a maximum number of job changes cannot be answered so easily. It depends on the industry and the profession. For example, engineers often work on long-term projects that last more than 5 years. In this profession, changing employers every 2 years is unfavourable. In the profession of a financial accountant, this change frequency would be problem-free... 

ARTS supports you

ARTS has more than 20 years of experience in the field of HR services. As a project service provider, we solve the personnel and organisational challenges of our clients. No matter in which project, in which area or at which location we are involved: We are one team and share one passion. 
My colleague Annika Handrack and I recently dealt with the topic "Happiness Factor Job" in order to generate learnings for ARTS internally on the one hand, and to create recommendations for action (e.g. in the form of a checklist) for our clients on the other. Click here for the presentation "Happiness Factor Job".

You are currently unhappy at your workplace. Be it because you don't receive enough appreciative feedback or have the feeling that you earn too little. Or your opportunities for further development are lacking. Or would you like to take on a completely new challenge and, for example, help create innovative and high-quality services or products? Then ARTS is the right place for you. We offer you a wide range of perspectives for every career level and professional field at locations all over the world. And we will design your job change together with you! Click here for our top jobs.

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