By Bert Miller
It may seem counterintuitive that despite the pandemic — or perhaps because of it — a surprising number of people are considering a voluntary career move. They may be motivated by an increasing sense of dissatisfaction with their present position or, on a more positive note, they may be identifying new opportunities as business leaders look to transform their industries and the way they operate and bring on new talent to achieve these goals.
The reality is that, as a job seeker, you’re either running from something or toward something. It’s important to understand what’s inspiring your search, in order to ensure your next move sets you up for greater success and satisfaction.
Identify What’s Driving You to Look
Before you embark on this path and invest time and energy into a job search, ask yourself these questions:
Are you frustrated with something? Perhaps your boss, your pay, or the particulars of your role? Is there a different industry you feel drawn towards? What objective are you hoping to achieve both immediately and long-term?
Answering these questions gives you an opportunity to find greater career satisfaction without switching roles. For instance, if feeling underpaid is causing you to look elsewhere, but compensation aside you enjoy your job, it’s worth addressing that with your boss before pursuing an opportunity that may not be as well suited to you.
Furthermore, without knowing the answers, you don’t know what led you to this point — and you run the risk of bringing your dissatisfactions with you to a new position. Considering your situation objectively is key to understanding what you need in your next position and where you can be successful.
Create a Personal Scorecard
Over the years, I’ve seen candidates make the wrong choice time and again when they consider an opportunity through a narrow career-focused lens, without recognizing how it impacts their broader goals in life.
I developed the Individual Scorecard framework to help candidates — and their prospective employers — identify what really drives them in life, how this translates to their career, and how hard they’re willing to work to get there. The scorecard exercise requires introspection across three categories:
Professionally: This is about building a roadmap for your next role and your long-term career. As you ask yourself what type of company values you are seeking out, what responsibilities you are craving, what seniority level you would ultimately like to reach, and what kinds of work are you most passionate about, consider how your current actions and behaviors set you up for those achievements. There’s often a discrepancy between what people think they want out of their careers and what they’re actually willing to work for — in this step you want to identify the second, so be honest with yourself. Personally: Our jobs play such a large role in our lives, that it’s impossible for them not to have an impact on our day-to-day happiness outside of work. Which means that when you’re chasing the next opportunity, you need to consider its impact on the rest