So, we’re already at the beginning of February… Where to pick up? It’s a New Year, and we could go with the old cliché of “New Year, New Beginnings, New Resolutions”, but is there much value in that? You see, I don’t think there are many companies around anymore whose financial year is anywhere close to that of the Gregorian calendar, so is this really the most quantifiable time, at least within recruitment, to make new promises?
At Vertex we were all asked to come up with a New Year Resolution of some sort. We had a number of interesting ones as well as the usual quit smoking wishes. We had people declaring that they would work until 8pm twice a week – which is great on the premise of it, but how productive are you going to be if you are forcing yourself to do so? Why do we wait until a set date to make changes in our lives?
January also tends to be the time when there is the belief that more people are looking for jobs. It is only after stuffing our faces with turkey, opening presents, and drinking a larger then recommended amount of alcohol, (why is it that it is acceptable on Christmas Day to have alcohol when you wake up? I’m not complaining but it just seems like an odd tradition), that we realise how bad our current life and job are, and start to look for new challenges? Is this really true? Some statisticians would say yes, some would say no – the joys of numbers being that you can manipulate them to mean whatever you want (watch the number23 movie starring Jim Carrey if you seek further evidence).
The truth of it all is that the best time to make a change is the day that you realise things aren’t working the way you want. We can all get stuck in a rut far too easily, and often we don’t realise our own entrapment from being so deeply buried inside the situation, and lot in the monotony of routine.
Take a moment now to stop and think about where you are in your career. Ask yourself the following questions:
Did I envisage myself still working here when I first joined?
Am I being challenged to achieve in a way that I want to?
Do I actually enjoy what I do?
If the answer to any of these (perhaps with the exception of the first) is ‘no’, you may need to think about making a change. The truth is that recruiters are here to help. Sure, there are bad apples out there who are only interested in matching a few keywords for a pay-off, and sure, this may seem like a bit of an advertorial cliché, but if you called myself or a colleague at Vertex Solutions we would be delighted to help. In our confidential discussion, we can provide you with a salary comparison and our insight into the market place to see where you could possibly go, and what opportunities are and could be open to you.
So… What are you waiting for?