Feeling unhappy or unfulfilled? – If this is the case, it would be silly not to consider a change. Mental wellbeing is often overlooked and undervalued.
Curious? – The “what if” scenario. Everything could be okay but “what if” you could find your dream job.
Lacking promotion opportunities? – Unfortunately, most internal promotions are slow moving and very structured. You can often move directly into a more senior position at another firm, thus propelling your career forward.
Saving for a new house, car, holiday – Loyalty doesn’t always pay the bills. Lateral moves tend to attract higher salary increases (15-20% on average) than internal pay rises (4-8%).
Looking for a better work/life balance? – There may be roles available that are less demanding e.g., working for a smaller firm with less onerous billing targets.
Just looking for some sensible career advice? – If you want to know what is possible with your career then talk to a recruiter.
Worried about changes at work? Large firms don’t tend to put an individual before the benefits of the whole firm. If things change for whatever reason, then you should be aware of what else is out there.
Do you know your value? Even if you have no intention of leaving, making your current employer aware of your value is vitally important.
Even if you are open to opportunities, then it doesn’t mean that you will act on all of them. Every conversation has value, and all information can be of use. Thornton Legal is a recruitment consultancy that focusses specifically on the legal sector, and we are always happy to have a general chat about the market on a confidential/no commitment basis.