The quest for happiness – Finding the job you love

Jobs… We all need them, we spend most of our waking life in them, so why not love them! It’s about time you found the perfect job but don’t be hasty, there’s a lot to consider.

As a specialist recruiter I hear lots of reasons as to why someone wants to move jobs and from my experience these 5 reasons always top the list: –

1). Work/life balance
2). Progression
3). Feeling undervalued
4). Company Culture
5). It’s time to move on

I’m going to tackle these one by one but keep an open mind, I am only going from my own experience here and yours may be different. If so, comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts. Let’s also look at what your recruiter can and should be doing to help you to find the perfect job!

1). Work/life balance

For me this is the most frequent reason as to why someone is looking to move jobs. Within this I see a number of issues but more often than not it comes down to a lengthy commute. (See my previous blog on long commutes). A commute can easily be overlooked or underestimated when travelling to an interview. You’re focussed on impressing the interviewer and you haven’t stopped to think about how much of your week will be spent travelling. 2 hours each way is 20 hours a week!

How can your recruiter help? Discuss it with your recruiter and research it yourself. In the interest of a long term job placement both recruiter and interviewer should be questioning this prior to even setting up an interview.

Working hours… Some companies focus on getting their pound of flesh from an employee, whilst others understand that a happy worker is a productive worker. Recently I heard a London based company renting a city apartment for their staff when working late. Some thought it was exciting and fun but those that thought ahead realised that it was even more of their personal time being eaten up. A well-run company should not need staff to constantly work crazy hours. Those that have thought it through are on the hunt for a better work/life balance.

How can your recruiter help? Working hours are not a great thing for you to query in a first interview as it can put a client off but ask your recruiter, if they know their client well then they should have the answer. If they don’t, they can find out.

2). Progression

Whether it is progressing with CPD and qualifications or progression up the career ladder, sitting still in your job is not much fun and can be hugely demotivating.

How can your recruiter help? If it is not in the job spec (which it should be),  ask your recruiter. What are the progression opportunities? How far can I go? It also never hurts to ask these questions during your interview, it shows drive and ambition.

3). Feeling undervalued

The feeling of being undervalued can be hugely demotivating in the workplace and can also affect your personal life.

It could be that you feel your work is undervalued and your efforts are not recognised by your superiors. It could be that others are earning more than you or you have been overlooked for a raise. Either way you are quickly going to fall out of love with your work.

How can your recruiter help? Your recruiter should be able to help you find a company that values its staff and the work that they do.

4). Company Culture

All companies differ and so does each one of you. Some companies have a fun and buzzy atmosphere and a great social calendar, whilst others are more staid, with little in the way of social interaction and a quieter working environment. There is no wrong or right here, I have seen candidates who love both. The fact is that you need to find the right one for you.

How can your recruiter help? Again, this is information that should be in a job spec but if it is not then they should know or can find out. I would also suggest reviewing their website and social channels prior to interview as well as asking the question in your interview. A savvy employer wants the right match for their company as much as you do, so don’t be afraid to ask.

5). It’s time to move on

This reason can include parts from all of the above. The likelihood is that you are disengaged through lack of challenge and demotivated by lack of recognition or opportunity. Don’t sit there each day feeling hard done by, take the bull by the horns and find the job you love.

How can your recruiter help? If you have found a good recruiter, use them. They are there to find you the perfect job and that means that they need to know all your reasons for moving and all of your specific requirements for your next job. They can then focus their efforts on roles that meet your specific requirements.

If you’re unhappy in your work, be proactive and make sure you consider all factors when accepting your next role. Ask your recruiter how they do things before sending a CV over, if the answer is not a bespoke search… move on.

About me:
I am the founding Director of HD Surveyors Ltd, specialising in bespoke job searches for Quantity Surveyors and Building Surveyors across London and the South East. Feel free to get in touch if you are considering a move in the future.