Leave Your Job In The Right Way With Our 5 Expert Tips

You’re demotivated, you haven’t had a pay rise in years, you’re not progressing and your skills are going to waste. A fresh challenge is just what you need, but before you wave goodbye to your current job for good, it’s worth taking some time to put an exit strategy in place to help you leave your job in the right way. After all, you’re probably going to need a good reference!

1. Define the problem with your current job

Before you hand in your notice, make sure you’re clear about the itch you’re scratching. Do you hate the job or is it your boss or colleagues that you dislike? Perhaps you feel that the role is not a good fit for your skills, or you’d be better suited to a different sector?

Before searching externally for new jobs, it could be worth exploring your opportunities within the organisation first. If you’re well thought of by your current employer, then career development programmes, lateral moves and even a secondment to a different department may all be potential routes they’ll consider.

2. Make the necessary preparations before you jump ship

Once you’ve decided to go elsewhere, you must get everything in order before contacting recruiters. Update your CV, think about how to demonstrate the skills and experience you’ve gained and use examples to sell yourself successfully. You should also look at the must-have requirements of the sector you’re planning to enter and ensure that the evidence for those skills is all covered on the first page of your CV.

3. Now’s not the time for negativity

When you’re ready to move on, it’s very easy to let negativity creep in, but that could cloud what has otherwise been a successful time with your current employer. You should carry a positive approach through to the discussions you’re likely to have when searching for a new role.

When asked what you’re looking for in a new role, think about the new challenges you want to face and not what pushes you away from your old job. You should also resist the temptation to say anything negative about your previous employer, no matter how bad the situation was. The last thing you want is to look like a problem waiting to happen.

4. Understand the jobs market you’re heading into

Before making the move into a new sector, take the time to research what recruitment levels are like and whether the sector is growing or on the decline. It’s also a common mistake to assume that your skills or qualifications are transferable without carrying out the necessary checks. This could mean that you have to start at a less senior level or that you struggle to get into the sector at all. You should speak to as many people as you can and scour sector-specific job boards to understand what skills prospective employers are looking for.

5. Keep your plans to yourself

The last thing you want is to broadcast to everyone that you’re moving on, only for it to take much longer than you’d like to find a new role. Announcing your intentions on social media could lead to you being eased out of the organisation before you have another role to go to. Mass emailing your CV to competitors could also have a similar effect in a close-knit industry.

We’d advise you to keep your cards very close to your chest. Word spreads very quickly around the workplace and the decision could be taken out of your hands. Instead, increase your visibility gradually and make sure you conduct your job search outside of work hours.

Are you ready to move on?

At Linguistica Recruitment, we have a diverse range of well-paid and rewarding jobs for bilingual workers across the south coast of England. Call 02392 987 765 to discuss your requirements or submit your CV to our specialist team.

The Coronavirus Takes its Toll on the Jobs Market – But Don’t Give Up!

The number of jobs being advertised in the UK has fallen by more than a fifth in the last six weeks as the coronavirus takes its toll. Perhaps not surprisingly, the hospitality industry has been the biggest casualty to date, with nearly 40% of its advertised vacancies removed due to the forced closures across the board. 

According to a study by one of the UK’s leading job sites, the hospitality industry has certainly not been the only one to suffer. Advertised roles in the charity sector have fallen by 19%, sales jobs vacancies have dropped by 15%, and there are 14% fewer customer service roles available than there were six weeks ago. 

Other areas that have seen a fall in vacancy numbers include:

  • Travel – 14%
  • Graduate roles – 13%
  • Manufacturing – 12%
  • Retail – 11%
  • Creative & design – 11%
  • Administration – 10%
  • Maintenance – 10%
  • Engineering – 9%   

Areas where hiring is increasing

Although the number of total vacancies has fallen dramatically over the last six weeks, there are areas where hiring is increasing.

  • Online delivery and logistics – With people no longer allowed to eat out, there has been a dramatic increase in takeaway orders, with firms such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats now hiring to meet demand. There has also been an increase in online shopping, leading to strong hiring in driving, warehouse and logistics roles.
  • Supermarkets and pharmacies – Another sector that has seen an increase in demand, both in-store and online, are supermarkets and pharmacies. There are lots of current vacancies advertised by Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Boots, Asda and the Co-op.
  • Online retail – Amazon is on a huge recruitment drive as it tries to keep up with the surge in demand it’s currently experiencing. This is likely to be true of a number of other online retailers, although that will vary by industry.
  • The NHS – Given the unprecedented scale of the current crisis, the NHS are trying to fill a large number of 111 call handler roles. We also expect to see an acceleration in hiring across other areas as the healthcare sector does what it can to respond. 

What should job seekers do?

Given the dramatic reduction in vacancies, you might be tempted to put your job search on hold during the coronavirus crisis, but we think that’s a mistake. Most recruiters are saying that it’s business as usual despite the outbreak, and as other people may choose to postpone their job search, it’ll reduce the competition for you. 

The one change you are likely to find is that many more interviews will be conducted over the telephone or by video call rather than in person, so it is worth making sure you’re prepared.   

To prepare for a video call job interview, you should:

  • test your software and hardware first to avoid difficulties;
  • position yourself in a well-lit space with a bland background;
  • look at the camera, not the screen;
  • dress to impress;
  • don’t be afraid to use your notes; and
  • make sure all other tabs or programmes on your computer are closed

It’s business as usual at Linguistica Recruitment

Are you looking for bilingual roles across the south of England?If so, then give us a call on 02392 987 765 or submit your CV today.