New Year Means New Job for Workers

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Training company oneworklife.com reveals that workers are keen to change job, but don't know how to make the first step.

People are reassessing their lives, and considering changing job. But they shouldn't hand in their notice on a whim.

As the Telegraph revealed that 68% of workers had taken a work related New Year's resolution for 2012*, career change and training company oneworklife.com suggest some key points to consider before making a life-changing decision along with useful advice to make one's working-life fulfilled and happy.

Earlier in the year, research commissioned by oneworklife had highlighted that nearly one out of five people in employment admitted to hating their jobs**. Jumping on the New Year's resolution bandwagon and doing something about it is great, but the risk of an impulsive decision can be even greater.

“Christmas holidays are a time many employees have off, and catching up with friends and families that you haven't seen for a while often leads to reflecting on what you have achieved during the year, and whether you are happy or not”, says Trevor Field, Marketing Director at oneworklife.com. “Combined with increased expenses during the festive period, it is the time of the year when most people are reassessing their lives and considering changing job.”

Before handing in your notice on a whim, oneworklife.com suggest you consider a few things:

What is it that makes you want to change job?
There are many different reasons why you might want to quit your job. Are you looking for a better pay? Wanting better progression prospects? Is it that you can't stand the atmosphere at work or the people you work with? Or are you deeply unsatisfied with the type of role you have?

Try to answer those questions honestly, and list what you like and dislike about your current position. This will help you figure out whether you really need to look for something new, or whether a conversation with your line manager could help resolve the issues.

What is the market like at the moment?
Whether you are looking for a new job in the same industry or want to change career, do your homework first. This might seem obvious, but many people reach the stage where they suddenly have had enough and need to make a quick exit.

In the current uncertain market, it is always best to make an informed decision. It doesn't mean that you have to renounce stepping out of a unhappy situation, just that you should take a few weeks to see what's out there. Register with a few recruitment companies and see what they have to offer. Scroll the job offers pages of the papers to see what is available. Look into companies in the sector you want to work in and see how they are doing. If you have a few contacts in the industry in question, don't hesitate giving them a call to benefit from insider's views.

Are you well equipped for a job change?
Don't wait until you have quit your job to update your CV. Instead, make a note of your achievements and strengths while at work, when you can easily match them to concrete examples.

Also don't be scared to ask yourself whether you have the right experience and training for the type of jobs you want to go for. Many skills are transferable from industry to industry, but it sometimes need to be highlighted. If you feel you lack relevant qualifications, you probably should consider re-training before quitting.

Online education or blended learning are ideal for people with busy lives and hectic schedules or for those who see evening classes or college courses as unappealing. Combining the flexibility to study your way at your speed and the ability to retrain whilst still getting paid, they are the perfect solution when wanting to be pro-active about an unsatisfying work situation without taking risks.

** research commissioned by oneworklife and carried out on 2000 UK adults in August 2011

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