With January coming to a close, people are continuing to assess and make resolutions for the upcoming year, whether it be on a personal level or career wise. In the recruitment industry we often see an increase in candidates in the New Year who are interested in hearing of new opportunities.
The good news is that there is a noticeable positive shift happening in 2016. As the Abrivia Salary Survey notes, in the IT market specifically, approximately 95% of firms plan to increase headcount, with over 96% planning to increase salaries in 2016.. However before you dust off and send your CV to multiple companies, it’s important for you to put on your thinking cap and determine what exactly you want from your career.
Of course one of the initial thoughts when looking or being approached for a position is the salary and benefits on offer. However you don’t want to jump into a new job solely due to the attractive package available, an important element should be the overall purpose of the job, is it challenging? Is there an opportunity for you to upskill and progress in your field? Most importantly is this job something which you can see yourself doing and enjoying for the foreseeable future?
If this is not the case then take a step back and prioritise opportunities which offer these factors.
Another key component is the company culture and atmosphere. In truth we spend a lot of time with the people we work with, it is important to gauge the type of company and management structure in place. Does the company offer training and promotion opportunities, social committees and an environment which you can see yourself working in?
Thankfully most companies invest heavily in company culture, as happier the staff, the more productive they become. But it is still important to research this information before starting in a new company, these can be key questions to ask your recruiter, previous/current employees of the company or the various stages of your interview process.
Overall what you should be looking for is an opportunity which will allow you to progress and excel in your field. As highlighted earlier, no one wants to jump from one job to the next doing the same tasks daily. It is important to challenge yourself, try something new and prevent yourself from becoming bored. If an opportunity comes knocking at your door which enables you to upskill and develop in your area, while offering an attractive salary and culture, run at it with open arms.
Talk to one of our specialist consultants today who will offer leading edge advice and connect you with the best employers by discipline, industry or location.