Is the idea of going back into your workplace the worst thing you could possibly think of? Many of us have had time to think about our jobs and if they are actually what we really, truly want to be doing. So why waste anymore being in a job that doesn’t satisfy you? If this sounds familiar, you are not alone! In fact, you are part of what is known as The Great Resignation. This post explains what this means and why now is as good as any time to start looking for your new engineering role!
The Great Resignation
The Great Resignation is an informal name for the widespread trend of a significant number of workers leaving their jobs during and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s sometimes also called the Big Quit. The Great Resignation is an international phenomenon. A recent article in The Guardian revealed that almost a quarter of UK workers are actively planning to change employers in the next few months.
You’re dreading the idea of going back to work
Are you dreading going back to work because you prefer working at home, or you don’t want to return back to your normal job? Whether that be because of the role itself, the place you work or the people you work with, you deserve better. There is nothing worse than waking up on a Monday morning (or any morning for that matter) and instantly hating the idea of getting up to do your job. It’s okay to feel like this sometimes, but all the time is a massive red flag that you should address sooner than later. You don’t need a sign to tell you to get a new job, your happiness is important and if you don’t feel happy, do something about it. It’s as simple as that.
You want to progress in your career
Some jobs aren’t the problem, you may love your job but feel like you’re ready for a change or the next step in your career. Career progression can be very important for some people and if you feel like there’s nothing left for you to learn and your company isn’t hiring or looking to promote, it might be a good time to step outside of your comfort zone and go get the job you want.
Understanding what you want in a new job can be difficult to begin with, but take the time to analyse what skills you have and what you need to get you to the next step. Track your development and use this in your interviews. Sometimes, we have to move on in order to grow.
There are jobs out there right now!
Companies are hiring! The job market is booming and there are plenty of roles out there for you to try and grab. The latest analysis reveals that there were around 221,000 new job postings in the UK in the first week of November 2021, giving a total of 2.68 million active job adverts. However, you are not the only one looking for a new job and considering there were a lot of redundancies made over the last year, there will be more competition than usual – even in the engineering sector. However, if you are prepared, work hard and ensure that you have a CV and LinkedIn profile that showcases why you’re the best candidate for the role, you’ll get the job you’re meant to have. So do your research to find the right one for you and invest in your professional branding. You don’t want to waste any more time.
Other parts of your life are changing
You might be thinking about moving home, starting a family soon or simply thinking you have outgrown your job. Either way, your job is a part of your life, not the centre of it. Yes, work is important and to some people, their career can be everything, but you work to live not live to work. If there are things that are changing for you and your role cannot keep up, don’t let it hold you back.
You can find a new role in a different location, find one that has a better flexible working policy or even try a new sector. There is always something out there for you, so don’t leave other life choices for another day, fit your job around your life and you could see amazing results.
Hiring will continue through the end-year holidays
Growth in job adverts shows no signs of slowing down in the build-up to Christmas, despite concerns about increases in the cost of living and the persistent presence of COVID-19. This situation helps explain why some of Britain’s employers are offering start-up bonuses of up to £2,000! You are strongly encouraged to continue to apply for new roles throughout the end-year holiday period. This is a time where applicant flow tends to slow down and could increase your chances of being seen. It’s never time to slow down on your search.
There might never be a right time
We all have priorities and sometimes, these can’t be overlooked. So, there may never seem to be a “right time” to job search. You just need to do what is right for you. If you want to feel happier at work and think a change will help, go for it. Just don’t forget to research extensively before you make the leap.