Research shows that the average worker will only spend 4 years in a job and will average 12-15 jobs over the course of his/her career.
Considering this statistic, there will come a time in your career when the position you have or the company you work for just doesn’t fulfill you anymore. The joy you once had when you go into work in the morning, and your willingness to put in extra hours evaporates.
If you don’t like what you are doing, the current industry you are in anymore, or you have plateaued in your current company, there’s a good chance the competition is looking appealing to you.
This is a natural part of your career development so there is no need to feel like you are being disloyal to your company. Remember this is business, not personal.
Looking for a new job when your path to promotion or you see layoffs on the horizon is a wise career strategy. Here are some steps to successfully transition to a new company:
1. Review Your Employment Agreement
Your employment contract may have a non-compete in your current role. Review the contract for a nondisclosure agreement (NDA), which governs what information you can share about your role.
The agreement will provide details on constraints based on time and geography. You should speak to a lawyer to make sure you’re not breaking any contractual agreements before you start a job search.
What you put on your resume must also comply with the NDA in your current role. To protect your company and your integrity, omit all mentions of new products, business plans, strategies and any other proprietary information.
Protect your current employer’s privacy by sharing financial results as percentages, rather than hard numbers.
2. Conduct Research Online
The safest and most secure way to look for a job with the competition is through an online search from your home network. Keep abreast on what the company you are interested in working on.
Never use your current employer’s computer, email or internet network to perform any part of your job search.
Use your own devices and email addresses outside of work hours to conduct your research and job search. This includes a company-provided cellphone. Set up job alerts to assist you with finding positions online. This way, all available jobs will go discretely to your inbox for you to review once you are at home.
3. Consider Working with a Recruiter
Working with a recruiter can also help you maintain a low profile. These professionals are able to negotiate the search on your behalf and protect your identity until you need to provide it.
Get to know the best executive search firms since these companies are managing 75% to 90% of the search assignments that may interest you according to a panel discussion at a recent career conference.
You can find these professionals by attending industry events to find out which recruiting firms are in attendance. Contact leaders of industry associations to see what third-party recruiters they recommend.
4. Search on Your Own
Even if you work with a professional recruitment firm, you should conduct a search on your own. If you find a positions of interest, apply. The chances of getting hired increase when you are currently working.
In my experience, employers will see you as a strong candidate. Employers see you as worthy of hiring. After all your current company hired and still employs you.
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