You have been frustrated at work for a long time and long for a new job with exciting tasks, nice colleagues, and an exemplary boss? But as soon as you seriously consider changing jobs, looking through job advertisements, or flirting with an application, you will find plenty of arguments why you of all people have no chance anyway? Here are the five most common reasons I regularly hear in coaching applicants why changing jobs will never work for them. It is your decision whether you believe in such homicide arguments and do nothing, or whether you believe in yourself and your strengths and change something. Take the test, which of my two perspectives fits your current way of thinking better:
There are always applicants who are better suited.
Yes, of course! There is definitely someone somewhere in the world who is smarter, faster, better, more experienced, more flexible, or whatever than you are. Your lack of specialist knowledge, a wrong degree, or your lack of experience in the industry, which now appeals to you, will make you a maximum of second-place applicant every time. You can only lose the fight against other job changers. So leave it the same and carry on as before.
No, nonsense! Your specialist knowledge and your professional or industry experience are sufficient to be invited for interviews. You know what you can do and if you trust yourself to do this job and feel like doing it, then apply – regardless of which requirements from the job advertisement you (do not) meet. After all, some employers don’t really know who they are looking for. Maybe you can even score points with your personal nature and in the end, it doesn’t matter whether you have five or eight years of professional experience, or you have studied German studies instead of business administration. You know yourself how great you really are, and you don’t have to compete with other applicants.
It’s the same for every employer today.
Yes, of course! You will always have colleagues with whom you are not on the same wavelength. You will always have a boss who can tell you where to go. You will always have to adhere to rules and guidelines. Every company today is under high competition, cost, and change pressure, and you will not find a 100 percent secure job anywhere. It is better to appreciate what is good for you with your employer today, because who knows whether everything will not be much crueler when you change jobs.
No, nonsense! There will be some employers in your region in the world where you feel more comfortable and in a better team than you do today. They exist, the employers who care about the satisfaction and health of their employees. And there are also those bosses who value the work and strengths of their employees and are genuinely interested in their team doing a good job together. Make yourself aware of what differentiates your new employer from your current employer and what you need to keep motivated and healthy in your new job. Because as soon as you know what is important to you and what you are looking for, you will find it, and you can also credibly convey your motivation in the job interview.
I will never find my true calling.
Yes, of course! How also! So many professionals spend their lives looking for that one job that really fulfills them. And you may also be one of those people who cannot even know what you are really called to do. Because you are interested in many topics and are more of a generalist than a specialist. While others have always dreamed of becoming a doctor or a do-gooder, until now the most important thing for you is not to commit yourself. So, don’t apply for second-rate positions, you might find the ultimate calling tomorrow.
No, nonsense! You will find a place that really fulfills you and makes you wake up with a smile every morning. After all, you know very well what is really important to you in your job and also the working environment in which you feel very comfortable. You know which colleagues you get on well with and have an idea of your ideal boss. You have a feeling for which products or services you can identify with and what makes an employer that suits you. Assuming you find a place where these things are largely fulfilled, how important is that one calling?
I’m over 40 and have no chance when changing jobs.
Yes, of course! You will have to spend the next 20 years with the same employer. If you haven’t made a career up to now, then the train has left, because by 50 you will be on the siding at the latest. Waiting for retirement. If so, look for a quiet job with nice colleagues now so that you can at least have some fun when there is a technical standstill. If you still manage to switch at this age, this is your last chance. Take advantage of it and nestle where you are sure to endure until you retire.
No, nonsense! As an old hand, you in particular have many opportunities on the job market. They are more expensive than the young hopper with a bachelor’s degree, but your work experience is worth so much more than the piece of paper from the university. You know what really matters in the job. You are good at making decisions and nobody can fool you that quickly. You know what you want, know your market value, and can specifically search for exciting positions for experienced professionals. You look forward to further development, want to learn new things, and contribute everything that you are good at. After all, you are in the prime of life to look calmly into a good professional future.
If I don’t get through the trial period, my resume will be ruined.
Yes, of course! Every job change is risky. As pleasant as the interviews were, the truth is revealed on the first day at work. The super nice colleagues already show their true colors after a week and open all guns against you. And the tasks are also so completely different than promised. If you don’t hold out for at least two years after changing jobs, your résumé will be ruined forever. At every interview, you will have to explain how it came about – and changing again after such a short time is almost impossible.
No, nonsense! How did you even conclude that you wouldn’t make it through the probationary period? After all, you will have several conversations with your new employer beforehand, and you will be able to judge quite well whether it is appropriate in terms of content and personally. They ask all the questions that are important to you before signing the employment contract. You can identify with the products, and you believe that this employer will be a good fit for you in the years to come. And if you or your boss come to the certainty within the first few months that it is better to go your separate ways, this is not an eyesore on your résumé, but the timely recognition that this job will leave you unhappy and maybe even sick in the long run would have done.