Are You Considering Getting a New Job?

There are many reasons for a change request. But now, in the middle of the crisis, change jobs? Is that even possible?

Regardless of whether it is an economic crisis or a general review: Even in difficult times, the job market is not completely immobile. A job change can make sense, maybe even a kind of liberation.

However, you should plan and prepare well for this step. Here we’ll show you what you have to consider

Every second person is currently planning a job change

There are currently not so few employees who wish to switch. A survey by the job analyst comes to the result that 51 percent of the respondents are currently planning a job change. The desire to switch is particularly high among women at 57 percent. A whopping 43 percent of the participants even say that they are optimistic about their chances of success in changing jobs .

How can you justify the change request?

Anyone who works in an area that suffers little or no from the crisis or who would like to switch to this area should deal with it well. If the position is not terminated , you will be asked at the latest in the interview why you are applying. There are good and there are bad reasons for wanting to switch. Good reasons are those that reveal an intensive discussion and weighing of the advantages and disadvantages. Good reasons also mean that you can communicate them clearly in an interview. Bad reasons for wanting to switch, on the other hand, are those based on affects. Also those that leave you in a bad light.

Good reasons for a change request

  • Professional development
    You have held the same position for several years and want to change or expand your range of tasks. Perhaps you can even imagine taking on completely new challenges, such as leadership roles. The expansion of the field of competence and a hierarchical rise are typical reasons for a change request and therefore completely unsuspicious.
  • Private reasons
    For example, private reasons are understandable – for example, if the partner has found a job elsewhere. This category includes, for example, a desire to work part-time due to a new family member.
  • Professional reorientation
    A professional reorientation, because the old industry is badly damaged and will not recover in the foreseeable future, is also a logical change request. This also applies, for example, to professions that are dying out.
  • International experience
    You want to change jobs because your own company only operates regionally / nationally and you want to gain international experience.
  • Health reasons
    Your current job poses a threat to your health – it goes without saying that this reinforces your desire to switch. The prerequisite for a successful change is of course that precisely these circumstances are avoided in the new job. Another tricky thing: you have to signal at the same time that you are absolutely up to the tasks of the new position and that you will not constantly call in sick there.

Bad reasons for a change request

  • More money
    A higher salary is almost the natural consequence of a change. This is also legitimate with regard to rent, cost of living and the like. Still, it sounds greedy. This makes HR managers suspect that the applicant is only interested in the salary and less in the content – unflattering.
  • More time
    Similarly unfavourable is the hint that you combine more free time with another job. This also leaves the impression that the candidate is more of a low performer.
  • Better quality of life
    It is also very unfavourable to change your mind because you want more relaxed work. Of course, burnout from overwork is counterproductive. But every employer wants a highly motivated employee and not an applicant who expresses in the subtext that everything is too much for him.
  • More fun
    Every job has exciting and less interesting parts. However, the end in itself of work is not to be fun for the employee. Anyone who justifies their wish to change arouses the suspicion that they are performing their tasks in a rather unmotivated manner and are looking for something new at the slightest cause.
  • More reputation
    The HR manager knows that the company is great. If you justify your wish to switch only with the fact that the brand is so attractive, you might think that you value status and image above all, but you don’t really care about the job as such.


Clarify your motivations

Before answering any application letters, you need to clarify your own motivation: Where did you want to change? Is there a specific reason, has job dissatisfaction been dragging on for a long time? Also important: It is always easy to see what is bothering you at the current position – nevertheless try to formulate positively what you hope for in another job: What should the new position be like, what do you expect from the employer? What has to be different, what added value should another position offer compared to the current one? These questions are of fundamental help in selecting suitable positions. Otherwise, there is a great risk that you will get the same in green.

Update your records

Nobody is constantly revising their résumé. As long as everything runs smoothly, that’s not a big deal. In the case of a specific change request, however, a lot may have piled up. So enter data afterwards and complete your appendices if necessary (new certificates?). Remember that application photos should not be older than two years. If the last application was a long time ago, a revision may be necessary – a new layout makes an application appear much more interesting. It is important to note that the application must later be made of one piece, so the cover letter and résumé must follow the same concept and work with the same fonts and sizes.

Get feedback

You know that four eyes can see more. This doesn’t just apply to proofreading . Use the advice of others when it comes to assessing your strengths and weaknesses. One often has a blind spot when it comes to self-assessment. Where do other people see you? What are you particularly good at and what are you not so good at? Also important: Are there alternatives to be taken seriously? If not, the next point will be particularly important to you.

Educate yourself

This analysis of strengths and weaknesses can be an indication of the areas in which you may need to acquire new knowledge. Who, owing to the crisis currently exempt or already unemployed is, in any case, the time should not pass up. There are various training opportunities , including from home. You signal to future employers that you are not just resting your hands on your lap, but are actively investing in yourself and your future.

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