What to do if you decided to change your job: 10 tips from Aptitude-Tests-Practice

The decision to change a job must be balanced and deliberate. It should not be taken spontaneously, emotionally, or due to a temporary failure of an ongoing project. Deprivation of a stable income can lead to everyday problems and possible depression.

If your decision is final and your family and loved ones are supportive, we’ve put together 10 tips to help you at this stage of your career.

  1. Do not quit your old job until you secure a new one

You will always have time to quit. Finding a new position can take longer than you initially think. Most people eventually get tired of their old jobs and, at some point, they think they cannot stay even one more day at this job. But this is not conscious but emotional reaction and usually it is not balanced. We recommend patiently wait until you secure a new job.

don't quit until you get a new job

  1. Check unfinished projects at your current job

Keep in mind, that your old employer will probably need you to finalize your current projects or work for 2 weeks until you as per labor regulations. It would be best if you can quit without leaving unfinished projects or your previous employer unhappy.

Check unfinished projects at your current job

  1. Assess your current financial situation

Do not plan large purchases and do not take new loans. Draw up your personal balance: look at your assets (cash savings, constant stable additional income) and your liabilities (loans, utility bills, constant monthly expenses). You should assess your monthly spendings scrupulously. Most people do not calculate their spendings and do not realize that they spend more than they can afford. Do not fall into this trap.

Assess your current financial situation

Checking your assets and liabilities will help you realistically assess your financial situation before a possible temporary lack of income associated with dismissal and looking for a new job.

  1. Update your social media posts and profiles

Remove incriminating photos, obscene language, remove from controversial social groups. Your prospective employer may not appreciate your “bikini dancing” or “beer bath party with friends.”

90% of employers check candidates’ social media profiles. So, make sure that your social media pages show you as a professional.

Read more about that in our article Your social media through the eyes of a prospective employer: 5 tips from Aptitude-Tests-Practice

social media in finding a job

  1. Ask your friends and contacts if they can help you finding a new job

Even in the age of online job-search engines, up to 40% of jobseekers still find job opportunities via their friends and professional contacts. The chance of getting a job by acquaintance is very high. If you do not completely trust your “informant”, tell them that you are looking for a vacancy for a friend or family member.

  1. Check available job ads and requirements for candidates for the job you want

You may have fallen behind trends while working in your current position and need to catch up. It may also relate to the knowledge and skills that your colleagues are currently performing, but at a new job place they may be on your list of responsibilities.

check requirements

It can be pretty surprising to find that all other employers have more requirements for a specialist like you comparing to your current employer. And it can be frustrating if you consider yourself a super pro but it turns that you lack some knowledge or skills required by another employer.

  1. Assess your level of foreign languages proficiency

It is impossible to improve your French or Chinese for 2-3 days. If a new job requires a level higher of language proficiency than your current one, prepare for at least 2 months in advance.

Assess your level of foreign languages proficiency

  1. Prepare for psychometric aptitude tests

90% of large and medium-sized employers use aptitude tests to make the initial screening of candidates. We recommend practicing aptitude tests for at least a couple of weeks in advance. To do this, you need to find out what kind of psychometric tests your prospective employer uses.

Read more about the tips to get prepared in our articles:

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How to prepare for your aptitude test in a couple of days: 5 important tips

If you find the information about the tests that your employers may use, then you need to prepare in all areas: aptitude tests for intellect (numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, abstract reasoning) and assessments (case studies and situational judgement tests).

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  1. Adjust your resume and cover letter for the new employer

Perhaps the information in your old resume has lost its relevance, and you already have a larger set of competencies and knowledge. We strongly recommend adjusting your resume and cover letter to each specific job.

Read more about this in our article 8 tips to make your resume different from hundreds of others

update your resume

  1. Place your resume on job-search engines in the “private access”

This way your resume will be only available to those recruiters for whose vacancies you apply by yourself. Your employer will not be able to accidentally stumble upon your resume and learn about your plans to quit.

To summarize our article, we want to emphasize that the best way to change a job is to get a promotion in another company. Usually you can do this being a valuable asset and perfect performer for your current employer, so that other employers notice you. Thus, the best way to get a promotion is to work with maximum reliability and work ethics. Even when you quit, stay friends with your old employer. This can prove to be right in future.

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