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Jumping ship to change jobs could take you off course

16 February 2016

Jumping ship to change jobs could take you off course

Joining the thousands who change jobs in the New Year following a reflective holiday season may not lead to the greener pastures you envisage.

Before taking the plunge and changing employers in search of “that perfect role” newly launched training and recruitment consultancy, Cohesion, suggest people think carefully about why they want to make a change before they jump ship.

Cohesion co-founder Nichola Rawlence says too often people don’t take the time to think really seriously about why they want to leave their job.

“It’s important that people genuinely consider the reasons behind why they want to leave and discuss concerns with their manager. This gives employers the opportunity to enhance or make changes to the role before a final decision to leave the business is made,” she says.

“Talented employees wanting to move ahead in their career will always investigate where their personal skill gaps lie and a manager needs to find ways to move valued employees horizontally to help progress their careers and retain them, whilst benefiting the business at the same time,” Ms Rawlence says.
A fluctuating workforce is a costly process for businesses. Not only can there be lengthy handover periods, training costs, increased salaries and recruitment fees, but it can also have a big impact on companies because of the time it takes for a new employee to get up to speed.
New Zealand’s work environment continues to transform as businesses keep up with global trends including finding new ways to retain top talent to avoid losing them to competitors and incurring unnecessary costs.

“Skill gaps are becoming more prevalent in management and senior leadership positions as baby boomers continue to exit the work force. Employers need to identify where these gaps lie, so that as these baby boomers leave other employees can take advantage of these opportunities,” she says.
If you have considered all the options and still want to ‘jump ship’ now is a good time with New Zealand at its lowest unemployment rate in seven years. Industries tipped for growth in 2016 include biotechnology, IT, Construction, Food & Beverage, the Film industry and retirement sector.


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