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How to change the job?

First of all, take a moment to think about what reasons made you consider a job change. A bad day at work should not lead to hasty decisions. The candidates who are the most active in the labour market often say that they left their old job because it did not offer them any growth prospects, but they are often unable to explain what they mean by that. Have a talk with your superiors and if there are no promotions or new duties on the horizon, you should take matters into your own hands. It would be a mistake, however, to start looking for a new job because you feel overwhelmed with the increased workload during a reorganization process. You should always have a conversation with your current employer before you make any decisions.

Adopt a smart approach

When looking for a job, be discreet. Parading your intentions before your superior may cost you your mutual trust and good relations.  Therefore, do not tell your boss and colleagues about your decision until it is final.

Get to know your future employer

If you are offered the job, do not give in to your emotions and make sure that you take all of the necessary safety precautions.  Before you accept the offer, once again go through the job description and find out more about the company that you will be working for. You can search the internet, ask your friends or look up employer rankings, e.g. The Most Desirable Employer in the Opinion of Professionals and Managers annual report prepared by Antal. All of the necessary information should be given to you during the job interviews, and a professional recruiter should tell you about the organization culture, management style and atmosphere in the company.

Take care of the formalities

Before you file your resignation and tell everyone that you are leaving, make sure that your future employer provides you with a letter of intent or, ideally, a work contract. Make sure that the document contains all of the following: the date of employment in line with your notice period, the base salary and the bonus scheme, the raise that you may receive after the trial period and other non-financial elements of your remuneration, such as the training budget.  If possible, try to obtain samples of the additional documents that you will be required to sign in addition to the employment contract, e.g. confidentiality agreements, non-competition agreements.  It is better to have a look at them ahead of time than to be unpleasantly surprised on your first day in the new job.

Never burn bridges

A new job often involves new challenges, a higher salary and, as a result, more satisfaction. However, you never know how your future will pan out, so always try to maintain good relations with your soon-to-be-former superior. Say why you are leaving, but do so in an impartial way. Avoid focusing on the negative aspects and using emotionally charged arguments. Thank him or her for the time you have worked together, the skills that you have learned and the experience that you have gained.