The ‘Fresh Start’ Effect

Hannah Levison - November 29, 2018

For many, a top New Year’s resolution is to find a new job, with 22 percent of workers pledging to leave their employer in 2018.  The New Year isn’t just an arbitrary point on the calendar – it really is one of the best times to look for a new job. There are two reasons for this. First, the job market winds down towards the end of the year and picks up again in January. Second, research suggests that tying a career goal to a “temporal landmark” such as New Year really does make you more likely to succeed. This has been dubbed “the fresh start effect”.

Now that most of us are back at work after a nice break, it can leave you feeling a little depressed and employees realise they are unhappy with their current situation. Essentially you have two choices; attempt to change the current situation and attitude to enjoy your work, or change your job completely and start fresh. As the job market begins to wind up again for the year, here are our top 5 tips to making a perfect career move.

Start looking for people, not jobs.

If you are looking for a career change, you may not be an obvious candidate.  If you send out dozens of resumes and apply for hundreds of jobs online, you’ll probably be rejected and recruiters will start recognising your name. If you meet people face to face, they will realise that you are really keen and interested about working in their industry and your passion could be an asset.

Say yes to a scary opportunity

A lot of us are guilty of turning down great career opportunities on the basis that it was too scary. Taking an opportunity which makes you uncomfortable for all the right reasons could be the best move you ever make and is a chance to gain valuable experience and improve your skills. Once you get into a role and learn the ropes, you will no longer find it scary. Make 2016 the year of saying yes!

Learn a new skill

It’s never too late to learn a new skill, no matter how old you are or how long you have been in your career. Identify an area you would like to learn, are passionate about, or that you would like to improve in. Book yourself into a short course, or take online tutorials to see if it is what you want. There are plenty of low-cost and flexible training opportunities on the market, and don’t forget a lot of companies are willing to fund further training for their employees if they can see the benefits for their personal work performance and the business as a whole.

Assess your financial situation

We can’t have it all. Sometimes, with a career change comes a change in salary. If you are experienced in one industry, a change to another may find you having to accept a lower salary to begin with. You need to consider how a career change may affect your relationship, childcare arrangements, domestic roles and financial security. However, it is also very important to consider your personal happiness considering the average person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime.

Take a chance this year and don’t end 2016 feeling as though you should have accomplished better things. Professionals all over the globe get stuck and stay stuck in careers they dislike, and many find it difficult to effectively change directions to a new path that’s rewarding and successful.




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