It happens more often than not: employees are that fed up with the conditions of their current job that they don‘t see any other way out than quitting and starting in a new job. The clever ones among these are aware of the fact that even the best of jobs turns to routine at some point. Then they start looking for new opportunities and are quick to find some. What is their secret? They know what phase of their job life cycle they are currently in. Now, you can too and use this advantage to better plan your career!
According to HR specialist Jörg Stegemann, you can split the life cycle of almost any job in the following seven phases:
Phase 1 – The first days and weeks in your new job: new responsibilities and tasks, new colleagues, new superiors, new company. Everything is noticeably better than in your last job.
Phase 2 – Six to ten weeks after starting your new position, you reach a first moment of reckoning. You start being aware of some of the weak spots of your new employer and come to the conclusion, that not everything about your old one was necessarily worse by comparison.
Phase 3 – After one year of activity in the new company, you are fully integrated in the new team and your work results are getting better and better.
Phase 4 – Two to three years since your hiring have passed and you are still achieving solid results. You have mastered all aspects of your position and gained the trust of your superiors.
Phase 5 – You reach your personal best level after three to five years. You have built a solid network of contacts in your company, as well as externally.
Phase 6 – Your motivation drops noticeably and for the first time you start to question your company‘s overall strategy. A bad feeling is setting in and you seriously start considering looking for another job.
Phase 7 – You have reached the lowest level of motivation, are talking about your superiors behind their backs and conflicts with co-workers arise.
It’s obvious that even the best of jobs can make you unhappy in time. If you aren’t aware of this, it might be too late by the time you notice it and you may have difficulties finding another job with similar or even better benefits. Lack of motivation and anger won’t help you on the job market either. If you decide to pursue other career opportunities and aren’t looking to retire from your current company, you should start your search for a new job right around the time you are having your best results in the current one.