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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought on a wave of emotions for many, including a desire to live a more fulfilled life with greater job satisfaction. In the US, almost 4 million Americans reportedly quit their job in April 2021. Meanwhile, in the UK, one study found that 38% of employees are looking to change roles within the next 12 months. Coined 'The Great Resignation', the reasons for quitting vary but are ultimately based on a change of priorities brought on by the pandemic.

Our recent Salary & Benefits guide confirmed this change in employee priorities and expectations, particularly in regards to employee benefits. We found that 66% of those surveyed are interested in a fully remote role, and 34% want a hybrid workplace agreement. Whilst regular job performance and bonuses remain high in priority, there is an increased demand for ongoing training, wellbeing support and flexitime. 

Whether you expect more in terms of employee benefits and support or are in a fortunate position to take some time off to re-evaluate, companies that are not supporting these goals are seemingly experiencing the highest levels of employee turnover.

Here are the steps you can take in preparation for your resignation:

Identify your wants

The most important thing is to figure out if you want to stay within the same field or if you want to switch careers. Secondly, you need to consider what roles and responsibilities you want to take on and what pay you require. Look at where your skills lie, what parts of your current job you enjoy or dislike and what you would like to learn in your next role.

Once you know what you want to, you can devise a list of target companies and include the type of company and company size and revenue. 

Complete a self-assessment 

Remember why you are making the move in the first place - you’re not happy in your current role, and therefore mustn't settle for another role you worry may end in the same outcome. 

Complete a self-assessment, focusing on all your positives, including what you are brilliant at, the knowledge you have, and your greatest achievements. Documenting this will help remind you of your worth and what value you can add to the right business.

Start conversations with a specialist recruiter

Research what recruiters specialise in your industry and have similar roles to what you’re looking for available. Instead of dropping your CV into their website, take a direct approach and pick up the phone to chat with a consultant or request a callback. In doing so, you can discuss your specific requirements and remain front of mind when the consultant has relevant roles available. They may even be able to advise on other suitable roles based on your skill set and experience that you might not have considered.

At Search, we are recruitment specialists in 20 sectors and our consultants are industry specialists with great networks. Browse the disciplines we cover today and arrange a call with one of our consultants. You may even hear of jobs before they reach our jobs board!

Set up job alerts

By setting filters and creating job alerts through career websites, you’ll be notified when relevant jobs are posted. The alerts will come directly to your inbox, so they are a great way to stay in the know even when not actively searching online.

If you see a job that you are interested in, our advice is not to wait. Aim to apply the same day to increase your chances of being noticed and prove your enthusiasm.

Update and tweak your CV

If you have been in a long-term role, you may not have updated your CV for quite some time. In this case, you need to ensure all the information provided is up-to-date and your current or most recent role is detailed. 

Once you have a strong CV, be sure to tweak it each time you submit a new application to complement the job description. Companies often list the responsibilities and skills in priority order, so take special notice of points 1-5 in each section. If you are making a career change, you can highlight your transferable skills in the summary.

Network within your industry

Don’t underestimate the power of people. Reach out to professionals you know are in the industry, whether that be via LinkedIn or at an event. They can share tips on how they found their current role and may even have connections to introduce you to. 

Whilst fostering new relationships is great for opening new doorways, it is also important to nurture existing relationships with colleagues, clients or third parties who have helped you in your career so far.

If you are planning your resignation, the above steps will help you get as prepared as possible. Whilst ideally you won’t leave your job before you have a new employer, ultimately, it's about making the right decision for you. 

Download our 2021 Salary & Benefits Guide for your industry to discover the most in-demand roles and average salaries to help aid your job search.