For a lot of you, looking for a new job is driven by a combination of “push” and “pull” factors.
Push factors are things that drive you away from your current employment, including redundancy, dissatisfaction, disappointing salary increase or bonus, or just the realisation that you need a change.
Pull factors are things that attract you to a new employer, including people you meet who you see are fulfilled there, or simply an agency or headhunter calling you to interest you in the opportunity.
The grass on the other side of the fence can appear temptingly greener. Be clear why you want to move, and if you are feeling “pushed”, beware of taking the first opportunity that comes along – chances are the match is not ideal and by doing a little research you can uncover better opportunities.
“Decisions that you make today will affect where you will be in the future. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be.” Mark Victor Hansen.
It is really important that you take a step back to clarify the type of work you want to do and the kind of organisation you want to work in, so that each step of your career builds positively on the previous one.