The best organisations have focussed on retention of their high performers during the economic downturn, which means top talent has often remained in roles longer than anticipated. As business indicators show signs of life candidates are beginning to move more freely, so if you are beginning to plan your next move being ready to compete has never been more critical. Having recently changed jobs, my personal circumstances have brought into sharp focus the realities of moving from one organisation to another and offered great perspective on a process that is a daily part of my working life. This time I’ve had to take my own medicine and listen to the advice I usually offer others!
With the evolution in UK manufacturing be it offshoring, re-shoring or technological advancement, national and international mobility combined with adaptability is an ever more critical part of leadership roles. As the economy improves I believe more people will be in this situation; juggling a day job and trying to make the decision between the ‘devil you know’ and the ‘devil you don’t’. Having just completed a move and a relocation my advice is simple:
- Be clear with yourself at the start of the process why you want to change and how you are going to articulate this to others
- Get as much information as you can as early as possible in the process – good recruiters handling attractive roles will know the detail and will enable you to decide if the process is worth the initial time investment. When you get to decision time you will never have absolute certainty but will be able to make an informed decision
- No career move will occur without some element of risk so embrace it and channel your energy into growing, developing and expanding your horizons.
Winston Churchill once said “to improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often”. ‘Often’ is a relative measure and as the job market starts to show ever increasing signs of life we should all consider the implications of career change. Knowing the ‘why’ or ‘why not’ of a career move helps us on the way and understanding your own motivations and aspirations sets the stage for strong performance in the next role.