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Do I want a new job?

When you start thinking about moving jobs this is the start of a very thought provoking process. A very important process may I add and one if it isn’t explored thoroughly will lead to a lot of wasted time and keeping you stuck in a rut.

Do you feel stuck in a rut? This is the first question you should ask yourself – how unhappy or happy am I? What is causing my unhappiness? Can any internal changes solve this or is now the right time to leave?

If I make the positive step to interview elsewhere, will moving roles solve this?

I have put together some ideas which may help you to reach a conclusion.

• How happy do you feel right now? Imagine its 5pm and you are still in the office doing work and still have a fair few things to catch up on, how does this make you feel? Are you positive about your work / life balance?

• Think commute, salary, workload, progression? Do you feel HAPPY when Sunday evening comes around again?

• Pencil down five things you enjoy about your job, can you find five? If not revert to the above…

• Are you working in an area of law you studied within your degree? If not, why not? It’s not too late to pursue residential property for example if you ended up in a personal injury or plot conveyancing role.

• Ever thought about life elsewhere other than law? Is there more to life? Is it possible to get a job outside law? Yes of course… it is perfectly possible to get a job outside law. You can do it if you put your mind to it! Perhaps speak to our internal recruiter Rob Barklamb about a career in recruitment.

• Would you be happier working from home or closer to home? Is flexible working something that would really change your day to day life?

• Do you like your environment, the people around you, the office temperature, the fact that there are no windows in the office? Small things really are important things.

• Close your eyes and try to picture yourself in your dream job, your dream location and with the remuneration you believe you are worth to enjoy life.

Alternately… you could…… Do nothing! Stay as you are. But nothing will change… if you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Once you have gone through the process of exploring new opportunities and invested a lot of time in interviewing elsewhere and finally get that offer you have been looking for, make sure you revisit your main reasons for searching for a new role whilst in the process of making your decision.

Many a time I have seen candidates bought back by employers and ended up trying to open up old applications - 3-6 months down the line, usually because nothing has changed or that salary increase actually hasn’t materialised.

Always stick to your gut and be sure about what your real drivers are and the real reasons you are making a decision to leave and embark on a new adventure. Life’s to short!

Be Brave!

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