6 Main Reasons to Change Job

Balazs Refi

January 3, 2022

What are the reasons for job changes? What is the process of job changes? We will try to help you make a considered and thorough decision!

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I often interview people these days who would come to work for us at Bluebird. There are a lot of things to read from the CVs. But the most important thing in this topic is how often the candidate changed jobs. As a result, please read this blog post to be aware that if you keep changing jobs, it will become increasingly difficult to find a good job because the question will always come up: why do you change jobs so often. I think, If it is possible, don't do it! Let's see what can lead you to change jobs!

But Before You Do Anything

Quitting a job is easy. But before you do anything hastily, think about the following!

  • Have you talked about your problem with your manager/leader or co-workers? If not, talk! See if they can provide a solution to your problems. Don't have enough work? Tell me! Too much work? Tell me! Do you need more serious challenges? Tell me! Examine whether everything can be worked out in your current workplace. (If you speak and don't get help or support, are you in a right place?)
  • Are you feeling unwell at the moment or is the condition permanent? If you've been experiencing discomfort at work for less than two weeks, months, or "since I broke up with my girlfriend," it may not be worth looking into the problem at work.

Reasons for Changing Jobs

1. The Manager

I think this is the most common reason for job changes. It should be a bad job and a good leader than the other way around. It is almost impossible to work with a leader with whom you have a difficult relationship. If you feel like you’re constantly held accountable, you don’t get enough confidence, your manager doesn’t care about you, well, then you can very easily find yourself better off working elsewhere.

The reverse is also true: if your leader inspires, it creates an environment for you to work in (I mean the physical environment, processes, human style, etc.), you will be happy to stay in an even worse job. Because your leader protects you, overshadows the bad, finds a solution to the wrong processes with you, and creates a good community.

2. The Co-Workers

Relationships with co-workers are equally important. If it’s good to be with colleagues in the same air, if it’s good to work with them, talk, and even meet outside of business hours, you’re in a winning position. I also had a team that I really enjoyed working with, even if the management of the company wasn’t necessarily committed, prepared and with a leading attitude. But with colleagues, we went through everything, performed well, and had a great time.

If, on the other hand, there is no harmony with the others, you are not really part of the team, there is no holding force on their part.

There are jobs where the atmosphere is toxic. Anyone who enters as a newbie happily and with good hopes will be gloomy, grumpy and see the downside of everything after 3 months. As a leader, I had the “luck” to experience this type of atmosphere as well and to be honest, it is extremely difficult to turn a toxic work environment into a positive and confident one. But I think - and my experience shows this - that it might just take an awful lot of effort and a lot of patience.

I had co-workers who absorbed the toxic mixture and quit over time or their performance deteriorated, but there were also those who saw that we were going to reverse the situation. They were hopeful and believed in what we were doing. They stayed, worked on and they were the ones who finally took their territory to success.

3. They Don’t Pay Properly

If you feel like they’re not paying you properly, I think it’s time for you to tell your manager that too. Of course, if you see a chance that your salary will change.

If you have good performance and they are happy with you at work, I highly recommend that you simply, assertively say what you think. What exactly? For example, "I've been working here for 4 years, I really like my job, I think I'm doing my job well. However, my salary hasn't changed in the last 3 years and I feel like it's not good. There's a chance that in the near future will my salary be higher? "

However, if your performance is not good, there is no point in talking to your manager about it. Try to provide good performance, this in itself will result in an increase in your salary. But you would have to put something on the table first, wouldn't you?

4. Burnout

Burnout is often one of the causes of a job change, but I think a job change alone will not solve the burnout. My goal is not that you start working from scratch somewhere else, but to get to know the causes and process of your own burnout and to learn to deal with this problem, to keep yourself in check. If you know how to get to burnout, just do against it, don’t get to the wall, and you’ll already be a happy person. You don't have to change jobs for that!

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5. Amount of Work

I think it immediately comes to your mind that there is too much.

In my opinion, the amount of work is problematic even if it is too much for a long time and even if it is too little/ not enough. They both digest people. (I am actually irritated by too little work, too much is not a problem for me. I can prioritize well (at least I try) and I like to work. Thus, I don’t mind if there is a lot of work).

Too Much

The problem with too much work is not that there is too much at the moment, but that there is too much in the long run and the manager does not resolve the situation. When it comes to intermittent loading, I don’t think that would be a problem. But if it keeps a lot, unpredictable and no steps (hiring new staff, reallocating tasks, etc.), that's the problem.

Many dynamically evolving companies are facing a sudden onset of workload (soaring order numbers, rapidly growing number of users, etc.). A very serious task for the manager is to solve the right speed of stock growth and development.

If you feel that too much work is the standard state, try to indicate. If nothing changes happen more than once, then it is worth rethinking the situation more and more seriously and maybe that job change may come.

Too Little

Not only is the problem that little work is boring, but it’s also that it’s not a challenge, you don’t progress while working. You are just there and nothing happens.

I think it does a lot more harm to you than having a lot of work. At least you're developing there (in a good case). But to go to work to get bored there .... well, I certainly wouldn't.

6. There is No Room for Improvement

If you can’t improve further but want to, talk to your manager. Tell him you want to learn new things, take on more serious tasks, do more complex tasks. You may even get these tasks, new challenges if there is an opportunity for this within the company. If not, you’re in the same place as before the conversation, afterall no, a little elsewhere, as your leader will know you’re unhappy and want to improve. I think this is a better situation than before the meeting.

If nothing happens (give it some time to change), a job change is worth it.

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The Process of a Job Change

Let's look at the steps!

1. Think About What You Dislike Most About Your Current Job!

As a first step, I recommend that you conduct some self-analysis. Consider what is truly bothering you at work. Make a list of reasons, including anything that bothers you! From the smallest to the largest issues, from the personal to the work process and ultimately to the managers and owners.

Write down all the distractions and reasons! Then put the reasons in order! Create a priority list, think it over and look at the first 3-5 reasons why you have come to know that a job change is necessary.

2. What Would You Do with Heart and Soul?

Forget the previous list and listen completely to what your heart is saying! What would you really do to deal with if this could be the last job you choose?

Would you stay in the profession? Or would you do a completely different thing? What electrifies you, why could you get excited?

3. Decide Whether to Stay or Go!

Could you do what you can do with your heart and soul in your current job? It may be so; only something really prevents this. If you are likely to stay, be sure to talk to your manager about what is going on inside you, what thoughts you have, and what reasons have arisen for changing jobs.

If you discover that you cannot achieve heart and soul enthusiasm in your current job, move on.
Don’t waste your time, your energy on something you don’t believe in. That makes no sense. You can make money with it, but it's not good for anyone else.

4. Find Out About the Possibilities!

If you have decided to go, do it thoughtfully and correctly!

There is a film in which a battle between two armies is expected. Everyone knows it’s going to happen, except where and when. Many would be impatient and would go ahead, fight, start the process. One of the protagonists' strategies is "Preparation is everything."

That is, preparing for everything. That’s what decides how the battle unfolds.

If you are changing jobs, it is extremely important for you to be considered and thorough. It is your opportunity to find the job that is truly right for you, something that excites you, something you love to do. Give yourself time to find it! Don't rush, do thorough research!

Check the internet to see what companies you can find, check out their website! Find out about companies ’Facebook and LinkedIn pages, other social media sites (Instagram, Twitter, etc.). Talk to your friends to see if they can say anything interesting about that company.

5. Get in Touch!

Contact only the companies you would really like to work for. Check the company’s website for current job opportunities. Sign up for headhunting and consulting companies and ask for their help! Tell them exactly what kind of job you are looking for!

Get the job where you can really accomplish, where you can work with pleasure!

6. Go to an Interview, Start Job Changes!

Get ready for the interview. If you need help with it, check out our job interview blog post! Prepare for any questions you may have and go!

How Many Years Do you have to Change Jobs?

In my opinion, job hoppers are not valuable to employers in the long run. (By job hopper, I mean employees who change jobs at a maximum of 1-1.5 per year.) As a business leader, I see that 1-1.5 years is not enough to gain in-depth knowledge just to get into something and then do something else. It can be easy to bounce between companies when you realize you don’t really understand anything properly. And that can't be a good feeling.

Many people change jobs frequently for career reasons. But why don’t they go to a company where they can see what opportunities await the employees for what results? Do employees not allow insight into career opportunities, or do employees fail to see what opportunities they may have in the future? I don't know, perhaps both are true.

Thus, how many years do you have to change jobs? Nobody but you knows what you truly want to do, what you are going to do in the next 3-5 years, and what kind of person you are going to be dealing with. Find the answers to these questions, and you will find the right job for you. Good luck with that!

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