10 Things That You Should Consider Before Making a Career Move Part 1

Hi, I’m Taylor Maurer Founder and Senior Managing Partner at Heavy Civil Resource Consultants back with another 2-minute Tuesday tip of the week. With over 20 years of personal experience in recruiting civil construction and engineering professionals, I don’t take career moves lightly and the fact of the matter is neither should you.

Not only is changing jobs a major life event for most people but almost all major career decisions have an impact on your personal life to some degree or another. Also, poor career choices are costly to both the company and the individual. For the individual, they can have a lasting impact on potential future career opportunities. That’s why it is extremely important to cover these 10 crucial points before trading in your current employer for a new one. Over the next few weeks, we will be covering the top 10 things that you should consider before making a career move or switching companies. You can access a blog I wrote covering all ten in a link in the notes below.

This first point is arguably the most important.

Why am I considering leaving my current company?

It’s common to experience dissatisfaction at work, and there may be one or multiple reasons prompting you to consider a career move. It’s important to take the time to clearly identify and prioritize these reasons. Understanding which aspects of your current job are causing dissatisfaction and assessing which are deal-breakers will help guide your decision-making process.
Write these down and list them by levels of importance to you. Often these types of things are emotional and hard to quantify like working for someone with poor management skills. But the idea is to do your best to quantify them. You can use a scale of 1-10 beside each dissatisfaction reason you have; 10 being something that is a reason that if it is not resolved you would absolutely seek other employment to a 1 which might just be a minor annoyance such as reporting duplications.

Of the reasons that you are dissatisfied with your employer, which reasons will the company or your supervisor will likely be able to change or resolve and what type of time frame is likely for those changes to take affect?

If your dissatisfaction is ingrained in company culture, realize that your resolving the issues will likely take a long time and may even cause additional issues before they are resolved.

If your issues are simply that you feel underpaid then that is something that could be resolved pretty quickly. I always recommend that if this is your driving force to make a change you never seek a raise by soliciting another offer from a company and using that as leverage. We will dig more into that later.

For strategies for negotiating an offer or a raise please check out an additional link below.



Thanks for watching. If you would like to see if we could help accelerate your career and help you network with over 30,000 hiring managers in the civil construction and engineering sectors please book into my calendar for a career acceleration call.

Taylor Maurer

Taylor Maurer

Taylor is a seasoned professional with a strong background in heavy civil construction and recruiting. He began their career in 2004 at Kimmel & Associates and rose through the ranks to Vice President. Taylor achieved numerous accolades, including a record-breaking retainer agreement, C-level placements, and consistent high billing performance. In 2017, he founded HCRC Inc., offering a range of consulting services beyond recruitment. Taylor is also an avid adventurer and family person, with a passion for long-distance backpacking, motorcycle riding, and outdoor activities.