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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Changing Jobs

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Changing Jobs

What Makes a Job Better?
 

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If you have a job and some of these sentences are true for you, you may be ready to look for a better job.


I would like a job that pays more.

I would like a job that has more benefits.

I would like a job with better health insurance.

I would like a job that offers me a chance to save for retirement.

I would like a job that makes my childcare situation easier.

I would like a job with an easier commute.


 

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I would like a job that is less stressful.


I would like a job that gives me more time to myself.

I would like a job that allows me to spend more time with my family.

I would like to feel more highly valued at my job.

I would like a more interesting job.


 

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I would like a more fulfilling job.


I would like a more challenging job.

I would like a more enjoyable job.

I would like a job that offers me chances to advance

I would like to work somewhere I can learn more.


 

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Changing Jobs

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When you want to change jobs, it may be beneficial to ask yourself the following questions to clarify what kind of job to look for.

What are the positive and negative aspects of my current job?

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Before changing jobs, it's a good idea to make a pro and con list. On the pro side, list all the good things about your job. On the con side, list all the bad things. If the good things outweigh the bad, you might want to think about ways you can improve your current job instead of changing jobs. If the bad things outweigh the good, you may be ready for a change.

Can I get the type of job I want at my current company, or do I need to change companies?

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You might need to leave your current company to get the type of job you're looking for, or  you might be able to get a better job within your current company. If you're interested in getting a better job within a company, it's a good idea to wait six months to a year before you ask to change. You need time to prove to your employer that you're good at your job and valuable to the company. It takes six months to a year for an employer to get to know your work in the job you were hired to do.

With my current skills and experience, is it realistic to think I can get a better job?

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Maybe you went into your present job with strong skills, or maybe you have gained strong new skills while you have been at your present job. If so, you can realistically expect to get a better job. If not, you may want to strengthen your skills before you start looking.


What must I have in a job?

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Before looking for a new job, it's good to identify the things that you are not willing to do without. Answers to this question will be different for each person. Some common examples include: More money, more benefits, a shorter commute, better treatment, a safer or friendlier workplace, opportunities to make good use of your skills, or opportunities to work for a good cause.


What resources do I have in my life to help with a job search?

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Finding a new job while you are employed isn't always easy. Make a list of the people who can help you. Include friends and family members who can give you emotional support. Also include professional associates, friends and acquaintances who might be able to help you find a new job.
 

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