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What You Need to Know Before Changing Jobs

Changing jobs can have a profound impact on the trajectory of your career. Before making a change, it’s important to have a good understanding of your long-term career goals. Knowing what you want in a future role will help you to succeed in the job search process today.

In this blog post you will learn:

  • How to identify the right job for you
  • How to work with a Recruiter
  • How to maximize the likelihood of getting an interview
  • How to succeed at interviews

What Do I Want in My Future Job?

Before you start applying, make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for and how the opportunity fits into your long-term career plan.

  • Start with the big picture – understand where you want to end up in 3/5/10 years
  • Do your homework and know exactly what you want in your next role. Ask yourself:
    • Is there opportunity for progression? A path to Partner?
    • What skills will I be learning on the job?
    • Who will I be reporting to?
    • What kind of leadership does the company have?
  • Consider culture and determine if you will “fit” in at a company
    • What is the work/life balance?
    • Who will be on my team?
    • Is there a visible workplace culture?

What Do I Tell My Recruiter?

  • Tell your recruiter if you’ve already applied to a job on your own at a specific company
  • Be transparent throughout the process regarding:
    • Compensation expectations
    • Location and ability to commute
    • Types of roles and industries of interest
    • Management style and workplace culture
  • Keep your Recruiter informed about what’s going and take the time to build a relationship with them. Don’t take it personally if you’re not contacted immediately. It can take months to find the right opportunity, especially if you have specific criteria for your next role

How Do I Maximize My Likelihood of Getting an Interview?

If you want to get an interview, keep these tips in mind when applying for jobs:

  • Only apply for jobs you are qualified for
  • Only apply for jobs within your geographic area
  • Explain any gaps in employment
  • Update your resume

How Do I Succeed at Interviews?

  • Download Lannick’s free Candidate Resource Guide
  • Always have an objective for the interview
  • Do your research on the company and the people interviewing you
  • Prepare a list of questions about the opportunity, the company and the culture
  • Be aware of recent events/news in your industry and practice responding to common interview questions
  • Show up on time and dress professionally
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