Now that 2015 has officially come to an end and you enact your new year’s resolutions, it is a great time to contemplate your professional future and make a decision if this is the right time for you to change jobs. This is a key time when businesses act on their new budgets and decide to add headcount. The first quarter of the New Year is traditionally busy with companies wanting to hire new talent. Why not take advantage? No one is saying you have to take a new job if one is offered to you, but why not dust off the resume and see what is out there. You never know if a better opportunity is waiting around the corner for you.
One thing to keep in mind for 2016 as you are searching for a new position is your motivation. If you are looking for more responsibilities, to learn something new, be a part of a new organization or if you feel stagnant in your current position, these are all good motivating factors. However, if your motivation is for a higher paying position, you might want to rethink your job search and your goals. Employers no longer feel obligated to make up for the fact that you are being under paid at your current employer. Also, with a significantly larger talent pool, they also are no longer offering increases in base salary over 10%. Typically what you might see from a prospective employer are salary increases anywhere from 5%-10%, with even 10% being very rare.
As you are interviewing, keep in mind what position you are interviewing for. The days of interviewing for the job you want are also over. Make sure you read the job description and tailor your interview and skills toward the job being advertised. Nothing can hurt your chances more than discussing skills that aren’t relevant to the position you are interviewing for. An example I see very often is discussing your supervisory skills or how you want to develop your supervisory skills when the position does not call for you to supervise anyone. Employers will feel that you will jump at the first opportunity you are offered which includes supervising, and that is not what they are looking for.
Be conscious of the market, put yourself out there, but make sure your motivations are right and you interview for the job being advertised. Good luck and happy hunting.