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Recognising the Signs of Change
By: Karen Adamedes, Career Chick Chat
It may have been the right job at one time but things change for you and for the companies you work for. A crucial career skill is to be able to recognise when these changes happen and be able to recognise the signals that tell you it is time to move on.
Preferably, you want to do this before you reach a career crisis or feel that you are bashing your head against a brick wall. The trick is to know when it is time to go, before you hurt yourself, or the wall.
Career moves can also be initiated by positive opportunities that come your way. You need to be able to recognise the positive signs just as much as the negative ones.
The ability to know when it is time to move on requires you to make sure your radar is on and that you are aware when things are changing or when opportunities present themselves.
Some of the signals to be on the lookout for are:
Organisational change, restructures and management changes - These all provide new possibilities. New or project roles are often created in times of change or vacancies are created when someone moves as part of a restructure. Plug into your network to find out what is going on so that you can let people know you are interested in the opportunities that might be coming up.
A bad boss - This is regularly cited as the number one reason people leave their jobs. You would not walk out the first time you have a disagreement but if over time you realise that working for a particular manager does not support you personally or your career aspirations, this can be a very clear sign to move on.
Cost cutting - Significant cost cutting can be a sign that a business is under pressure. This may be a forerunner to job losses. It might not mean that your job is at risk but it is something to be aware of and may indicate that it is time for you to develop a Plan B.
Bad behaviours - If you notice the managers in your company are being short tempered or acting more stressed than usual, this can be a sign that the business is not performing or that change is on its way. Stick up your antenna and ask around to see if others know more.
New or lost customer contracts - Even if you are not in an area of the business that deals directly with customers, winning or losing customers can have an impact on you. New customers can lead to the creation of new roles; lost customers can mean down sizing in a business.
Have your radar up and your antenna on; recognise the signals to move on. And most importantly, act when the time is right for you.