Often in the work that we do, we’ll speak to people who have decided that it’s time to move on, or are thinking about the next step in their career, but haven’t really thought through the reasons or specifically what they’re looking for.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but generally when this happens, the individual in question spends a lot of time looking at roles that aren’t quite right, doesn’t find the right fit, and eventually gives up and goes back to focusing on the job that they’re not particularly happy in.

If you’re feeling that it’s time to move on, that’s absolutely something you should pay attention to – it’s important though to take the next step, and really define what you’re looking for. Otherwise, finding it is going to be near impossible.

The first thing to do is analyse the feeling of restlessness itself. What is it that you’re unhappy about, or that you’re not getting in your current position? Essentially, what is the problem you’re trying to solve?

You can then contrast this with fleshing out what the ideal role would look like. If you had a magic wand, and could design your perfect opportunity, what would it involve? What kind of company would it be? What would you spend your time doing? And what would you be getting out of it from a reward and development point of view?

Now, because the perfect role very rarely exists, distil this down to what’s important to you. What are the essential criteria in what you’re looking for, and what are the “nice to haves”? If you know this, you can make real, informed decisions about opportunities that come your way.

Defining the problem you’re trying to solve is key to achieving anything. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to start looking for that next step.

About Tom Froggatt

Singular Talent is led by our Director, Tom Froggatt, a highly experienced Life Sciences Recruitment and Executive Search consultant, with a strong track record of building teams, developing talent and creating outstanding hiring experiences.

With over 250 personal placements to his name, 1500+ assignments successfully delivered by his teams and a strong track record of both developing new business and moulding highly competent recruitment consultants and leaders, Tom is dedicated to Making Hiring Better by supporting the careers and helping build the companies of those we work with.


Get in touch with Tom at tom@singulartalent.io.