Employees today want it all and they want it all now. According to a recent Randstad Award survey, seven in 10 employees seek a competitive remuneration package when looking for a new job.
The survey of 4,500 employees in Singapore also found that they are also looking out for companies that will allow them to strike a good work-life balance, are located somewhere convenient and have a good working environment.
There is nothing wrong with valuing these qualities. But in their pursuit of the perfect job, jobseekers in Singapore make two common mistakes:
• Wanting all of the above qualities at the same time: This may result in jobseekers being indecisive when they are offered a job and potentially miss out on a good opportunity.
• Moving too soon: On the other hand, employees might change jobs too quickly, without thinking through whether the new job will be good for their long-term career development. Changing jobs can bring new and exciting growth opportunities as well as disappointments if the move was the wrong one. Here are a few tips to ensure that you change jobs for the right reasons:
Don't leave too soon
After a year into the job, you are tired of doing some repetitive tasks. Then, you receive another job offer with increased pay. Naturally, this gets you seriously thinking about switching jobs.
However, think carefully before you make a move. Ask yourself why you want to leave your current job. Are you just facing a temporary roadblock or does the job not offer any growth opportunities at all?
If the problem is that you are bored with your tasks, you can always put up your hand and ask your boss for more responsibilities.
It is important for an employee to stay in a job for a period of time — approximately two and a half years — to learn all the necessary skills and thrive in the role. If you have tried but are still not getting any growth opportunities, you can say that you have exhausted all your options and can leave without regret.
Define your priorities
Given the abundant job opportunities, jobseekers sometimes develop unrealistic expectations and want to have their cake and eat it too.
One jobseeker who sought my advice recently was caught in a dilemma between moving to a new job with a $500 hike in her monthly salary and a wider job scope and staying in her current role for a $11,000 year-end bonus.
My advice to her, and other jobseekers who might face the same dilemma, is that you need to think about what matters most to you and make decisions accordingly.
Focus on your goals
I have met candidates who have attended interviews without a clear idea of what they really want. This can backfire and damage their personal brand. It is important for you to understand the push or pull factors of a new job and make sure your goals are defined so that you are focused and create the right impression at the interview.
Trust your own judgement
Changing jobs is a relatively big decision, so it is natural that you will want to ask friends, family members or co-workers for their opinion.
However, different people have different priorities in their career choices, which may lead to different feedback. Sometimes this can be confusing. So the best thing to do is to have a conversation with yourself first and trust your own judgement.
At times, taking on a new job can be tempting. However, a wrong move can cost you a longer time to achieve your career goals. Make sure you weigh your priorities and calculate the pros and cons before making the final decision.