Changing jobs is never easy. It certainly can take you time to figure out that you need to change your career in the first place and then doing it can be quite scary – involving a lot of unknown factors and a certain risk. On top of that, career changes are often associated with some sort of “issue” at a previous job and the often challenging situation of job interviews, negotiations and possible relocation. Be that as it may, the possible advantages of a career change are often neglected in the equation.
Because a career change is mostly an opportunity to advance, take a step further and build your personal brand. All the steps of your career and all the companies you’re involved in over time contribute to your personal brand that exists regardless of the respective job you’re in.
Take the chance to grow your personal brand
Losing your passion is one of the worst things that can happen to you in your career. When it’s happening at your current position – for whatever reason – it’s a clear sign that it might be time. Try to see it as the opportunity that it is: a chance to grow. Because, chances are, you’ve outgrown your current position.
And the good news is: change usually opens up opportunities and it’s up to you to use that to your advantage. Career changes always give room to grow your personal brand. Because they add to it. Pretty much by themselves. That’s the asset you should invest into during career transition periods. How can you grow YOU?
Experience is never bad
You made a wrong move? Changed job for the worse? Don’t get too worked up about it because in the end, you always gain experience. Even though you may have learned “how not to do it” – it’s still experience, and experience always works in your favor one way or the other.
Make all your terrible jobs, obnoxious bosses and gut-wrenching failures part of your success story. These lessons will lead you down your path.
Keep the energy up
Career changes can take time. It can take you several years to make the right move, so try to keep your motivation and energy level up and end on a high note. Sometimes, when you found the perfect new career, it’s hard to stay motivated in your “old” position. But – if you can’t take an immediate leave – work through the pain and stay focused. It’s the step before something new, try not to miss it!
Stephan B. Breitfeld
Ingeniam Executive Search & Human Capital Consulting GmbH & Co.