Job Doctor

I recently changed job and I am very unhappy with the move. I am used to working in a very different environment and miss my old job.

I recently changed job and I am very unhappy with the move. I am used to working in a very different environment and miss my old job.

As the old expression goes, far-away hills are not always greener. Having said this, if you are ready for a change and if there are options which suit you and could benefit your career, I certainly would consider your options closely. However, there are a number of precautions you should take before you push the green light and accept that job offer.

Firstly, you should attempt to fully understand your motivation for change of job. Is it the company? Is it management? Is it the job? Is it remuneration? Or is it a blend of all the above?

Right company, wrong job?

By being aware of your motivation for change of job, you can then approach the correct internal channels to see whether this can be addressed. Make sure your motivation for change does not come about as a surprise to management. Never assume they understand what makes you tick.

This way you and they have an opportunity to offer you a different role or challenge within a business that you enjoy. There may be a time delay in terms of being able to deliver on your request and patience may be required. See this wait as being a worthwhile trade-off, particularly if it is a business and culture that ticks most of the boxes for you.

If you have considered all your options internally and there are no further options for you in the business, then it is time to start your research in earnest. Again, be mindful of the market and set yourself a realistic time frame for a change of employer.

Right job, wrong culture?

The time will come when you decide that, while the job suits you, the company and culture simply do not.

I would start by analysing what it is about the company that is no longer working for you. What are the elements you have enjoyed and what are the aspects that take from your ability to perform to the best of your ability?

Once you understand this, you will paint a strong picture of what you are looking for in your next employer and you can then set about trying to find that perfect match in your catchment area for work.

Full steam ahead!

Now that you are clear in your mind as to what you want, use the resources around you to identify the companies that would best suit your criteria.

If you are applying for a job through a recruitment agency, the consultant’s role is to explain not just the job but also the culture so that they can find the best possible match for both you and their client company.

Don’t be afraid to ask for detail, not just on the job but also what it is like to work there, how they would define the culture, how the management team manages, and what the turnover of staff is like.

If, on the other hand, you are applying to the company directly, then make sure you do comprehensive research on the internet and more importantly speak to someone who works or has worked there to get the inside track on the inner workings of the business.

In this climate people are fortunate to be in paid permanent employment. If you are certain you are looking for a move of employer, invest some quiet time in understanding yourself, your motivation and the elements of your job and employer that make you tick. This way you can minimise the chance of making a move that you go onto regret!

Tanya Thomas is a recruitment manager with Morgan McKinley. She is based in offices in Kilkenny and Waterford. Readers can submit questions to her at