Switching jobs is common today. Many employers leave for a myriad of reasons, each unique to each person’s circumstances. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a career or job change. However, how you handle the situation does.
Ask yourself why your current job isn’t working. If you’re in between jobs, reflect on why the last job didn’t work out. Create a list of deal breakers and musts for your job search. It will help narrow down jobs that will and will not work for you. If you’re switching industries, what do you hope to gain from your new job? What have you learned from your past work experiences?
Network. Switching industries, career, or jobs can be difficult. But getting your foot in the door with some guidance from the right people can help. You can also do this through short term and seasonal projects, internships, and temp positions. Don’t forget about your old network from past jobs. You may need them in the future.
Prepare to put in your notice. You need to tell your employer eventually that you’re leaving the company. Wait until you’ve received an offer you plan to accept. Everyone hears the 2-week notice rule, but it isn’t a hard fast rule. In fact, it’s better to give your employer 4-6 weeks notice to begin the hiring and interviewing process of new candidates.
Offer to help find your successor. Most people want to hit the high road once they put in their notice, and bide their time counting down the days. But it’s best to leave on a positive note. If possible, offer to train your successor and aid in the hiring process.