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  • Writer's pictureAustin Aloysius Tay

Should I stay or should I go?

Updated: Oct 20, 2023


Not wanting to sound like a fortune teller, if you are intending to make a move during this time, you might want to consider the following pointers

What are the real reasons for leaving the present job? 

I suggest making a list/mind mapping about the reasons and then thinking whether they are valid for you to move job.

Are there job opportunities out there for you?

It is tempting to jump ship, but doing due diligence here is equally important. Many people tend to move jobs and realise that 3 months down the road, they have ended up in a new job that is not dissimilar to the one they left. Talk to as many people as possible –  recruiters, peers and potential companies. Good due diligence will prevent surprises.

Who can help you to make this transition?

You have assessed that you need to leave your present job. What do you do next? At this stage, some would often have a ready CV to send or have already sent out to recruiters. Before you do so, I advise you to really deconstruct your CV. A few points to remember: A CV is an introduction of who you are and what you have accomplished, so no jargon and be succinct. It is always interesting to see how and what people write in their CVs. A good example is – I am a self-starter. This only gives the impression that you might self-combust at any given time. Does not say much about your achievements,  unless you are applying for a role as a pyromaniac.

Send CV to everyone

Again, this is such a tempting thing to do, but usually, it gets the reverse effect. For one, your CV will be flooded in the market and everyone will have seen your CV. You need to be strategic about this. Only send your CV to recruiters who know your area of work. Sadly, too many general recruiting companies will want to get as many CVs as possible to bolster their database, and they often have inexperienced recruiters. So be critical to whom you send your CV. Do a bit of research. The other thing that people tend to miss out is leveraging their network. It is also all right to contact a potential employer (but not to ask for a job shamelessly – be tactful). I remember assessing an individual for a role he secured through the social platform.

So whatever you decide in this Year of the Horse, remember to be prepared by doing your due diligence before you gallop off to the next haystack.

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