Here's What You Should Know Before You Start Switching Jobs

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At some point within your tech career, you may decide it's time for you to switch jobs or transition into a different career. I've been there and while it can be pretty scary and overwhelming, it has been one of the most rewarding and thriving experiences that I could have made within my career. If you're looking to switch to a new job, here are 3 things to keep in mind as you begin to search and land that position.

Referrals are Essential

There's an old saying that "it's not what you know, it's who you know." When I began my job search, I originally was searching through LinkedIn not really knowing what I was looking for and just letting what comes to me rather and then later transitioned into asking my network if their companies were hiring. Not only does having a referral allow you to skip the line, it also allows you to gain insight on what their interview process is like, how the company is, and what you can expect when trying to negotiate compensation or anything else. It was through my network that I knew that I was 1) being paid fairly and 2) that I should negotiate an additional 5k to my package. Your network is your net worth, truly.

Evaluate the skills that you would learn on the job are skills that you would want to learn.

Every company has its own unique tech stack that may be interesting or uninteresting to you. I used to jump at the opportunity to pick up a new skill and in some capacities I still do. However, when I was making the move to a new company, I evaluated what skills I wanted to keep in my current company and what skills I wanted to learn at another company. For me, I knew I really liked working in React and I want to continue to grow my React skills. Therefore, I only really wanted to talk to companies that I knew React was apart of their tech stack.

Try and pick a company that you feel like you could stay there for at least two years.

There's a lot of conversation about how millennials move from job to job which is very different from previous generations. While I completely agree and think that everyone should move especially if they don't feel as if they are valued or are growing in their careers, there is value in staying at a company for a little bit longer. Tech interviews are difficult and if you are going to a new job where you'll be working in a completely different tech stack, it's worth staying there and building up your skills in that new tech stack so that you can transfer them somewhere else.

Wherever you are in your career, enjoy the moment while also trying to see where you could go next. If you want to chat with me further about your tech career as a software engineer, be sure to book a strategy call with me.

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