Conducting your own year-end career audit

Conducting your own year-end career audit

The end of one year and the beginning of the next can be a good time to conduct an audit of how your career is progressing. Here we look at what you should consider in such an audit.

Questions to ask yourself What you could do if the answer to the question is No Why these strategies may not work
Am I paid enough?
  • Gather evidence as to what the market rate is for your role, and present this to your boss
  • Collect examples of your achievements with the company, especially any that have earned or saved money, or improved efficiency
  • Offer yourself for special projects and additional tasks
  • Consider sitting additional professional examinations or undertaking other training
  • The company already pays you what it thinks you’re worth
  • The company cannot afford to give you a rise
Is my job fulfilling?
  • Offer yourself for special projects and additional tasks, to increase the variety of your role
  • The company may not have any additional tasks to offer you, or may not think you have the skills and experience to perform them
Do I get on with my colleagues?
  • Ask your boss what his/her expectations of you are.
  • Think carefully about the personalities of your colleagues and what communication styles they will respond to.
  • For all of us, there is an element of ‘leopards don’t change their spots’. For all we might like to change, doing so can be very difficult. We all have our own characters and personalities, and sometimes two individuals just don’t gel.
  • Your colleagues may have already made their mind up about your capabilities and/or character
Do I have an effective work/life balance?
  • Learn to say No occasionally and don’t take on every task you are asked to perform
  • Ask your boss if any colleagues can assist with your workload
  • Make a request for flexible working
  • Long hours may be part of the company culture, or may go with your chosen occupation or your level of seniority
  • Long hours may sometimes be required if the company is under pressure
Is my job secure?
  • Find out if you could move internally to a more secure position
  • Make sure you perform to the best of your ability to make you indispensable to the company
  • No suitable internal vacancies may exist
  • The company may be planning cuts across the board, and no one’s job is safe

If you can’t resolve any of your work-related issues, then you need to think about whether it needs to be ‘New Year, New Job’. If you are seeking a new position, Kennedy Pearce is here to help.

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