Switching jobs? Here's how to approach it

on 12 February 2018
Person on laptop job searching

Changing jobs is often a path we take to better ourselves. Better work-life balance, better pay, more responsibility, a level-up, a change in direction, a move to follow our passion. Whatever it is, we do it because we feel it is the right thing to do. But, it doesn’t come without it's stresses.

Whilst you’re figuring out how much annual leave you’ve got to attend interviews, why not leave the leg-work to a specialist recruitment agency? As a recruitment agency, we are fundamental in ensuring our candidates have the resources and knowledge they need to be able to be presented to our clients as a potential employee. At Applause IT, we’re partnered with some of the best IT employers across the UK, so your dream role is only a phone call away.

When deciding on your next career move, there are some elements to consider in your quest to get to where you really want to be. Keep these in mind during your job search, and you can’t go far wrong.


Whether you’ve been with the same company since the beginning of your career, or you’ve been job jumping throughout, you need to be aware that companies (even in the same industry) are entirely different and thus their processes are too. Are you used to a slow turnaround to get something signed off? Well, in the next company, it might be policy to have a day maximum turnaround, or vice versa. Just by asking a few simple questions in the interview or some prior research can help you to get a feel for how things work, and if this works for you.


Culture in the workplace is incredibly important as it can strengthen the team as a whole, if everybody is engaging in the same culture. Culture also ensures that the right talent is attracted, so if you feel as though you fit in culturally to a company, then there’ll definitely be like-minded professionals who feel the same helping you to get that much sought-after feeling of being valued.


It’s not all face fit in the world of work, but sometimes, it can focus quite heavily on personality and cultural fit. If you share the same values as the company you’re interviewing for, you’ve defeated half of the battle already.

Money vs. Role

What’s more important to you? Money helps a lot in life and can be a decider for some candidates but it isn’t everything. If the role is more suited to your ability, and is something that you enjoy, it may be worth adding up what’s more important to you. Would you prefer to compromise on the role for more money, or compromise on the money for a more fun role.


Whatever your motivation is for switching jobs, whether it be money, responsibility, a shorter commute, feeling more valued, or just simply for a change, you ultimately need to ensure that you’re happy in doing so. ⅓ of our life is spent at work, that’s a lot more time spent with potential strangers than our own loved ones. That’s why it’s so important to have a good working relationship with your colleagues, and that the working environment is everything you want it to be for a more fulfilled working life.

If you map out the answers to these questions before you begin your job search, there’s no reason why you can’t be onto a winner. That way you’ll secure your desired role, at your desired company, getting your desired salary with your desired responsibilities. Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

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