The 6 Most Common Things That Stop Us Changing Jobs

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Dave RelfeNo comments

The grass can seem much greener on the other side and more of us are looking to change jobs than ever before in what continues to be quite a buoyant job market. That still leaves a significant number of us, however, who are reticent to look to pastures new or even consider thinking about improving our career prospects.

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Here are the top six reasons people don’t change jobs:

 

1. They Like Where They Are

While much is written in journals and the media about people doing jobs that they don’t particularly enjoy, dreaming of pastures new is not everyone’s thing. Some people do actually enjoy their jobs and like where they work. If you do, however, that should stop you looking to update your skills while keeping an eye on the current job market.

After all, we do live in uncertain times.

 

2. The Pay’s Pretty Good

Another thing that stops someone changing jobs is the money they earn. Most of us work to get cash in the bank and a good remunerative packages can go a long way to dampening our quest for something different. Well paid jobs don’t necessarily mean great working conditions, however, and having a healthy work life balance is a key factor in staying sane in the modern world.

 

3. Location is Important

Most of us want to spend as little time as possible travelling to and from work. If you have a job that’s nearby and you really do value getting home on time and not being stuck on a train, it can be an important decision in staying put. That can, though, limit your choices particularly if you are looking to forge a career. It can be a difficult balancing act.

 

4. No Clear Career Plan

If you don’t know what you want in life, it can be difficult to find the perfect job which matches your expectations. That’s one of the main reasons why people tend to stick with what they know. Most of us have transferable skills that apply to many other sectors. Developing a clear career plan can give you the motivation and the methodology to move forward more productively. It’s worth sitting down and looking at your options at least once every six months.

 

5. Interview-Phobia

Does anyone really like interviews? If you’ve been in the same job for a while, the prospect of sitting in front of a panel of interviewers might fill you with a good deal of dread. The key to being relaxed and giving yourself a chance of success is practice and preparation. Get those right and there’s nothing to be afraid of. A little deep breathing on interview day might also help.

 

6. Lack of Qualifications

Many people believe they don’t have the qualifications to apply for certain jobs. Actually, this is not always the case. Many jobs advertised have clearly defined qualities that the company are looking for but that doesn’t mean you can’t apply even if you do lack one or two certificates, especially in areas like digital marketing. Transferable skills and the ability to do the job at hand are important. Our advice is not to let something like this get in the way of your career development. Of course, you can always work on additional qualifications in your spare time.

Finally, it can be tempting to sit tight and stick with the same job year on end but if you want to build your career and discover new and exciting employment opportunities, you really need to get yourself out there. The big key is to have a plan and work towards clearly defined goals.

 

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