Recruiting 101 & The Job Change Dilemma: Unveiling the Blueprint for Career Transitions – Should I Quit, Internally Change, Develop, or Stay?

Jan 2 / Thomas Bartelsen

Are you feeling stagnant and unfulfilled in your current job?

Do you find yourself daydreaming about greener pastures and new challenges?

If so, you're not alone. According to a Softgarden study, roughly 12 percent of employees resign within their first 100 days, highlighting how the initial phase of employment can be a critical probationary period for employers and employees alike. Additionally, EY reports that 26% of the workforce in Germany is actively or semi-actively looking for a job, emphasizing the widespread desire for change.

This blog post delves into four key areas —Should I Quit, Internally Change, Develop, or Stay?

We'll provide a comprehensive blueprint to help you navigate each option, determining whether a job change is correct for you. Whether you're contemplating a career shift or seeking growth within your current role, join us as we explore the various pathways to professional fulfillment and success.

Assessing Your Current Situation:

Assessing your current situation is essential in determining whether a job change is necessary. Start by reflecting on your job satisfaction levels and honestly evaluate if you feel fulfilled in your current role. Take the time to identify specific aspects of your job that are dissatisfying or causing you to feel stagnant. Consider opportunities for career growth and learning within your current organization. Additionally, analyze your work-life balance and overall well-being to assess if your current job negatively impacts your quality of life. By evaluating these factors, you can better understand your current situation and whether a job change is correct.

Here is a non-complete list of questions that you can ask yourself:

Considering daily tasks, workplace environment, and colleague relationships, how would you rate your overall job satisfaction from 1 to 10?

What are your top 3 reasons for staying?

Have you heard, experienced, or seen cases of colleagues who made a career (re-orientation) in the company?

Can you pinpoint specific aspects of your current job that contribute to feelings of dissatisfaction or stagnation? What are the key factors influencing your discontent?

Reflecting on your career growth and learning opportunities within your current organization, do you feel there is room for advancement and skill development, or do you find yourself hitting a plateau?

Assess your work-life balance and overall well-being. Do aspects of your current job negatively impact your personal life or contribute to stress and burnout?

When considering a potential job change, what are the critical factors or aspects you seek in a new role that would enhance your job satisfaction and overall quality of life?

Are there any big red flags, such as discrimination, harassment, or bullying that is a red-flag?

Defining Your Professional Goals:

Understanding your short-term and long-term career aspirations is crucial to making a well-informed decision about changing your job. Take the time to reflect deeply on your professional goals and where you see yourself in the future. Assess if your current job aligns with these aspirations or if there is a disconnect between your goals and your current role. 


Short-Term Job-Related Goals could be:


Skill Enhancement:

Short-Term: Attend relevant workshops, webinars, or online courses to acquire a new skill or improve existing ones (i.e., cross-selling as a sales manager).

Long-Term: Develop a comprehensive skill set that aligns with current industry trends and positions you as an expert (i.e., using AI for a more efficient customer acquisition workflow)


Project Milestones:

Short-Term: Set specific, achievable milestones for ongoing projects that help you develop your relevant portfolio for employers.

Long-Term: Successfully lead and complete complex projects, showcasing your ability to manage tasks efficiently and deliver high-quality results.


Networking:

Short-Term: Attend industry events, connect with colleagues, and join professional networking groups (i.e., meetups or Linked groups)

Long-Term: Build a robust professional network providing support, mentorship, and potential career opportunities (i.e., association as BVBC for accountants)


Performance Recognition:

Short-Term: Seek feedback from supervisors and colleagues to identify areas for improvement.

Long-Term: Strive for regular recognition and advancement within the organization based on your consistent high performance and contributions.


Long-Term Job-Related Goals:


Leadership Role:

Short-Term: Take on (more minor) leadership responsibilities within projects or teams.


Long-Term: Progress into a managerial or executive role, demonstrating strong leadership qualities and contributing to the organization's strategic direction.


Continued Education and Certifications:

Short-Term: Identify relevant certifications or advanced education opportunities.


Long-Term: Pursue continuous learning through advanced degrees, certifications, or specialized training to stay at the forefront of your field.


Cross-Functional Collaboration:

Short-Term: Collaborate with colleagues from different departments on specific projects.


Long-Term: Establish yourself as a cross-functional collaborator, fostering positive relationships across various departments and enhancing overall organizational effectiveness.


Innovation and Problem Solving:

Short-Term: Actively contribute innovative ideas within your team or department (i.e., to build up your brand)

Long-Term: Become a critical problem solver and innovator within the organization, driving positive change and contributing to the company's growth (i.e., writing articles within relevant media of your field)


Mentorship and Knowledge Sharing:

Short-Term: Seek mentorship or guidance from experienced colleagues.

Long-Term: Pay it forward by mentoring others and fostering a culture of knowledge sharing and professional development within your team or organization.


One path of career goals is your desired career path.


Selecting a career path is challenging, but we're here to guide you. Explore options like specializing in your field, advancing through the ranks, or becoming a versatile cross-functional expert. Each route has its advantages and drawbacks. 


One avenue is to become an expert in your field, delving deep into knowledge to emerge as a go-to authority. Such specialization lets you offer unique insights and solutions, positioning you as an invaluable asset to any team or organization.


Ascending the corporate ladder is another fulfilling option, providing opportunities to assume greater responsibilities and leadership roles. Each promotion brings fresh challenges, fostering skill refinement and expanding your professional network.


For those seeking adaptability, the role of a cross-functional manager (e.g., change manager, multi-department project manager, or an agile master) may be ideal. This position demands flexibility, adaptability, and strong communication skills, all highly prized by employers today.

Regardless of the path chosen, success demands effort and dedication. Maintain focus and remain open to new possibilities. Reflect on your passions and skills before committing to a career. Opportunities will arise with determination.


We recommend taking the 16 Personalities test to understand your strengths better. While not perfect, it serves as a starting point (click here)

Ask yourself important questions such as: 

Does your current job offer opportunities for growth and advancement that will propel you toward your career objectives? 

Are there avenues for development within your existing organization that can support your path to success? 

What else?


Consider factors like additional responsibilities, mentorship programs, or promotional opportunities. 

Consider if there are any changes you can make within your current job to improve the situation.

Discuss your concerns and aspirations with your supervisor or HR department.

Explore lateral moves or internal transfers within your organization.

By carefully evaluating these elements, you will gain insight into whether changing your job is necessary to fulfill your career aspirations and if there are viable prospects for growth and progression within your organization.


A full guide on internal career development can be found here.


Need help with points? The perfect job ad technique

The "Perfect Job Ad Technique" involves identifying three jobs you would love to pursue, extracting commonalities, and analyzing the required skills. Here's how you can structure the process:


Identify Three Dream Jobs:

Select three roles that genuinely excite you and align with your passions and career goals.

Commonalities:

List down the common elements shared among the chosen jobs. This could include specific skills, qualifications, industry focus, or job responsibilities.

Required Skills:

Break down each job's requirements and skills. Identify both technical and soft skills needed for success in each role.

Create a Table:

Develop a table that outlines the commonalities and required skills across the three jobs. This visual representation will help you identify patterns and prioritize areas for development.

Self-Assessment:

Evaluate your current skill set in comparison to the identified requirements. Recognize strengths and pinpoint areas that need improvement.

Build Your Plan:

Based on the identified gaps, create a structured plan for skill development. This may involve acquiring new certifications, gaining additional experience, or expanding your knowledge in specific areas.

Continuous Learning:

Commit to continuous learning and improvement. Stay informed about industry trends, attend relevant workshops, and seek mentorship to enhance your skills continuously.

Implementation:

Apply the insights gained from your analysis to tailor your resume, cover letter, and professional development efforts. Showcase the skills and experiences that align with your identified dream jobs.

This technique empowers you to proactively shape your career path by focusing on the skills and qualifications valued in your desired roles. Regularly revisit and update your plan as your career evolves, ensuring you stay aligned with your aspirations.

Networking and Researching:

Building relationships with professionals in your desired field or industry is essential to transition into a new career smoothly. These persons will help you establish valuable networks offering guidance and opportunities. It's also crucial to conduct thorough research on the job market and employment trends to make informed decisions and plan strategically. Additionally, seek advice from individuals who have successfully navigated similar career transitions. Their experiences can offer valuable perspectives on the journey ahead.


Here is a comprehensive guide to networking in Germany.

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Considering Financial Implications:

As you consider the possibility of changing your job, evaluating the strength of your financial safety net is essential. Ask yourself, "Do I have enough savings to sustain myself during a potential job transition?" Reflect on whether prioritizing more time with your family, even cutting a temporary salary, might be worth it. Also, examine the possibility of a pay gap and weigh the potential benefits against the financial implications. Asking these questions will help you assess the robustness of your financial position and make a well-informed decision that aligns with your career and personal aspirations.

Here is a comprehensive guide to salary and living costs in Germany.

Determining whether to change your job can be complex and personal. This blueprint will give you valuable insights into your current situation, professional goals, and personal aspirations. Remember, changing your job should be a thoughtful and well-considered decision that aligns with your career aspirations and personal growth.

In the end, the decision to stay, develop oneself internally or leave is yours alone to make.
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