Is a Job Change in Your Future?

If so, you’re not alone. According to the 2017 Emerging Workforce® Study, more than one-third of U.S. workers intend to leave their job this year. And, 25 percent of them plan to make a change in the next three months. With high amounts of turnover expected, many employers are ramping up their retention efforts to keep employees from jumping ship. This could be good news for workers who are uncertain about making a change and willing to wait it out.

What’s causing this change-ready mentality? While many factors play into workers’ decisions to leave, four primary reasons are rising to the top of their list: They are unsatisfied with their salary; they feel undervalued by their employer; they are unhappy with current growth prospects; and, they believe their skills would be better suited elsewhere.

Do any of these reasons resonate with you? If so, it’s wise to take action, but making a job change is not your only solution. Carefully consider what’s fueling your desire to change jobs and think it through.

Are you unsatisfied with your salary? How much more would it take to make you happy? Is that figure on track with what the market pays for your skills and experience? Compare your numbers against an online salary guide. If your pay falls below the competitive rate, you’ll have something credible to point to if you ask your boss for an increase. If it’s right on target, consider additional education and training that would put you in a higher salary bracket.

Do you feel undervalued? Ask yourself why. What is your employer doing or not doing to make you feel that way? Is there something you can do to change it? If so, meet with your supervisor and discuss what’s causing you to feel undervalued. If things go well, you may just turn the tides in your favor. If not, it could be affirmation that it’s time to move on.

Are you unhappy with current growth prospects? Is there something you can do to stimulate growth in your career? Consider volunteering for opportunities that will add to your skills and experience. Ask for more responsibility. And, meet with your manager to discuss your professional goals. You may discover growth prospects are available; you just need to pursue them. If not, a job move might be the answer. 

Do your skills fit another position or industry better? What type of job is it? Do you need more experience or is there a position you qualify for right now? If you have the right skills and experience, a job change might be your best bet. If not, you may want to stay put and focus on gaining those skills.

It’s up to you to steer your career in the right direction. If you’re contemplating a job change, consider all of your options. Weigh the pros and cons, and then move forward confidently!