Have you ever given deep thought to what you want from your career, and then mapped a plan on how to get there? As an agent to Financial IT & Quantitative professionals, I always tried to have my candidates think about where they are and where they wanted to go in the short and long term. I’d have them describe what they wanted and then often, explain that it takes multiple steps before you get to the ideal position.

Career evaluation is not easy, but can be very effective. Taking a hard look can invigorate you, push you and motivate you to reach new career highs. How often do you wonder if there is another position out there that may advance your career? And how do you find it?

Here are 5 questions you need to be asking yourself when evaluating your next career move:

  1. What are your short and long term goals? Before you start interviewing you need to know what your own goals are. Where do you want to be in the immediate future? Where do you want to be in five years? You need to understand whether or not you’re on the right path to building the career you want.
  2. Are you in the right role for you? If you’re not sure it’s time to make a move in your career, consider first whether or not you’re happy in your current position. Are you in a role that’s allowing you to learn and grow? Are you in a position that’s setting you up for your next step or are you simply floating sideways? These are things you need to consider to better understand if you’re truly happy where you are or if you are simply content.
  3. Do you wonder what else is out there? If you’re finding yourself daydreaming about what else might be out there, it’s probably a good indication that you’re ready to start looking. Professionals can often feel undervalued and/or underpaid, but aren’t sure where to start. In addition to asking yourself the questions above, start doing some research on the roles you are interested in or companies you may want to work for. There’s no harm in gathering information.
  4. Are you putting yourself in the right places? If you think it’s time to make a move or simply put some feelers out, you need to start putting yourself out there. A platform like ours, will allow you to safely create a robust profile, while keeping your information confidential. Once you’ve created your profile, our algorithm will get to work precisely matching you to open opportunities. You’ll be able to see what’s out there for you without having to put your current position at risk.

In the not too distant past, there have been big hurdles in finding a new position, including mismatched jobs, miscommunications, recruiter interference, incompatible group culture, and multiple and/or lengthy interviews. Many people who have come away with a negative experience.  Making a career change starts with you. Asking yourself these questions up front will set you up on a path toward success.