Changing Jobs Doesn't Need to be Scary

Posted by Tracy Reynolds on Jan 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Candidate, icsNYC

At one point or another, everyone has experienced the stress and anxiety that may come along with making a job switch. In fact, during those first few days at your new company, you may find your mind becoming flooded with excitement, fear, anticipation, and even doubt. However, don't you worry as going through this range of emotions is completely normal and tends to be no cause for concern. 

While you may be feeling overwhelmed after starting a new job, it's important to know that, along with some goal-setting, dedication, and hard work, changing jobs doesn't have to be scary. Here are some helpful pointers you should keep in mind amid your job switch and beyond.  

Ask all the right questions. 

When making a big change in your life, such as a job switch, it's normal to wonder if you've made the right decision. Some candidates even experience feelings similar to buyer's remorse in which they go back and forth on the question, "Did I make the right choice?"

To avoid these feelings of doubt and uncertainty, you can begin by asking all the right questions early on. Questions to consider asking include:

  • How will my new employer measure my success?
  • In what ways can I best support my team?
  • Who will be my point of contact in HR to provide more information on employee benefits and other important policies?
  • What resources are available to answer any more questions I may have?

These examples should give you a better idea of what you should be asking to ensure that you made the right decision in making a job switch. 

Make goal-setting a priority. 

To truly make the most of your career and work toward success, you'll want to begin setting goals from day one in your new role. Creating a professional growth plan and setting goals will help you measure your success and will become valuable as time goes on. Besides, identifying the right goals for yourself will help you pave a clear path to success and ease the job-switching process tremendously by helping you determine areas of importance.

Hold yourself accountable for the goals you've set on your path to success.

Every now and then, you'll also want to check-in with yourself and make mental notes on how much progress you've made toward achieving your goals. Whether or not you find yourself where you want to be in terms of your goals, use your progress as a means to propel yourself in the right direction as you continue to move forward.

Remember that you're not alone. 

Although making a job switch can be difficult, it's important to recognize that you're not alone in your new role. At the very least, you will have support from your new employer, which most likely has an onboarding program for new hires during their first few days on the job. This will give you the perfect opportunity to ask questions.

Nowadays, many companies are recognizing that onboarding isn't simply a one-and-done activity — it's much more than that. In recent years, onboarding has proven to be an ongoing process that can last up to one year from the employee's start date. The purpose is for employees to know that they have a strong support system there to guide them as needed. As a new hire, this type of support is essential in setting the stage for your future at the company.

Are you ready to make your next career move in 2020? If so, let ICS be your helping hand. Click below to begin searching for new roles today.

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