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Should I change jobs during a global pandemic?

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

Should I change jobs during a global pandemic?

Yes! Don’t miss out on genuine opportunities to progress your career, but here are 4 important points which you should consider carefully:-

1) How financially robust is the organisation that I’m joining?

Check out the organisation’s financial position pre-Covid-19 by looking at its accounts online (Companies House, Endole, Company Check). Anything in the news about it having financial problems?

Is the organisation continuing to hire as opposed to making redundancies? Is it investing or cost-cutting? The answer to these questions will be a guide as to whether the organisation is financially robust and ready to ride out a recession.

At interview, be sure to ask your future employer how recent events have affected its financial position and future plans.

2) How will the organisation be affected by another lockdown?

The lockdown has had a devastating impact on some sectors such as hospitality, property, leisure and travel. But other sectors such as technology, financial services and online retail have felt little impact. Some organisations have flourished!

Proceed with caution if the organisation is in a sector that’s vulnerable in a future lockdown. Remember, government financial support in a future lockdown may not be so generous as in this one.

3) Will my role be viewed as business-critical, revenue-generating, or a “luxury” to the organisation?

Is your role critical to a core function of the business? If yes, then if you’re confident in its financial strength and strategy, then you should also be confident the organisation will have a continuing need for your skills and experience.

If you are joining in a revenue-generating capacity, are you confident that you can generate the expected revenue in the tough economic conditions of the next couple of years? If not, then think carefully. If you cannot meet performance expectations, you are less likely to get “goodwill” in an organisation you have recently joined – even if your performance is largely impacted by external factors.

If your role is not essential to the core function of the business and does not impact revenue, then think about how the organisation is likely to perform over the next few years. During a recession, non-business critical and non-revenue generating roles are the staff most likely to be made redundant if the organisation is cutting costs.

4) How does the new opportunity and organisation compare to my current role and organisation?

Assessing your current role should always be the first step before exploring new opportunities.

Ask yourself:-

Am I happy in my current role?

Is it well rewarded?

Does my current organisation value me?

Are there opportunities to progress within my current organisation?

Will my current organisation respond positively to difficult economic conditions?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then it may not be the right time to move positions. But even during a recession, there are still significant opportunities to advance your career. Don’t miss out on these by being too risk-averse. During a recession, what may appear to be the safest career option can sometimes turn out to be the riskiest.

Should I change jobs during a global pandemic?

Yes! Consider these 4 points, but don’t miss out on genuine opportunities to progress your career. Retain a growth mindset, stay open to opportunities and ensure that you give yourself the best chance to progress your career.

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