When I look back at my career, I can say that I’ve changed roles or jobs very strategically.
I often get asked about my decisions (from business to grad school to financial PR) and how I knew that I was ready to switch careers or make a move. Often times, people feel stuck in a job, industry, or company and are looking for inspiration to start moving.
Here are the five telltale signs that you’re ready to make a leap into a new PR job.
Once you start thinking about going elsewhere, make sure you’ve given your current position enough time to say that it’s really not for you.
There are always ups and downs at work and the downs might cause you to be irrational about leaving.
But have you spent enough time there to fully understand that the job is really not for you? Have you spoken to your manager and leaders to voice the kinds of opportunities you want? Are you performing at your top level? If the answer to all three is yes, then you've given it a fair chance and it might be time to move on.
If you’re looking to climb the career ladder and differentiate yourself from other PR pros, you can’t be static at work.
You need, and want, to take on opportunities that stretch your skills and enable you to learn.
Traditional skills are still core to our trade, but if you’re not staying relevant with the new ways of doing things, you may fall behind. If all the new projects you get assigned to feel more like tasks (meaning, you’ve done this a million times before) than opportunities (for visibility, to learn new skills), you’re not being put in a position to advance.
Thinking about your career (rather than your job) means thinking long term.
When you look at your prospective path, would you want your boss’s job? How about his or her boss’s job? If you can’t see yourself in those shoes in the next five (or so) years, you may be cutting your long-term thinking short. It’s important to have leadership that you can relate to, that you respect, and see as a career mentor.
Everything we do on a daily basis ladders up to our company’s achievements regularly.
If you don’t understand the big picture--or worse, you’re not aligned with what (the collective) you are trying to achieve--it will make success more difficult. Goals that you can relate to are an important motivation that can go unnoticed. If you can’t see the end goal, getting there will feel like an uphill battle all the time.
If you’ve received an offer and you’re just not sure you can be successful in it, it might be the next best move.
You’ll push harder to learn, be encouraged to ask more questions, make the right mistakes, and may have the experience that could change the course of your career. Fake it till you make it...and you will probably make it sooner than you think.
Julia Sahin works in financial communications at one of the largest PR firms in New York and is a monthly contributor to Muck Rack. She plans on doing big things. Connect with her on Twitter. All opinions should be seen as her own and do not reflect her employer’s.
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