From Breakup to Makeup:

Rekindling Your Relationship with Your Job


From Breakup to Makeup: Rekindling Your Relationship with Your Job

One of the first questions I ask candidates is why they are looking to make a move. After listening to their reasons, it often becomes apparent that the issues leading them to consider a departure could potentially be resolved with internal conversations. Many candidates start to explore new opportunities before assessing whether their current grievances can be addressed. It’s a common scenario that highlights a critical aspect of career navigation—communication.


Candidates frequently express that they love everything about their job except for one specific issue. This could range from feeling underpaid, sensing a lack of progression or variety in their role, or even personal disagreements with a colleague. These are significant concerns that can impact job satisfaction and overall happiness at work. However, they are not always insurmountable.


As a recruiter, the objective isn’t merely to facilitate career moves. As a specialist in insolvency and accountancy practice a crucial part of my role is to ensure that candidates are making the best decisions for their career paths. If the best place for a candidate is within their current role, then I will advise them accordingly.


I’ve had two candidates recently who, following our discussions, acted on my advice to address their concerns internally. They later returned to me with news that they had successfully resolved their issues. This outcome is not uncommon and serves as a powerful reminder of the potential benefits of open dialogue within the workplace.


Strategies for Overcoming Job Dissatisfaction

Identify the Core Issue: It’s essential to pinpoint exactly what’s leading to your dissatisfaction. Is it the salary? Lack of growth opportunities? Or perhaps it’s the work environment? Identifying the root cause is the first step toward addressing it.

Open Communication: Approach your manager or HR department to discuss your concerns. Preparation is key—outline your points clearly and suggest possible solutions or compromises. Remember, it’s a discussion, not a demand.

Seek Progression Opportunities: If you feel stuck in your current role, inquire about potential training, mentoring, or projects that could expand your skills and responsibilities. Expressing your desire to grow within the company can open doors.

Address Interpersonal Conflicts: If your dissatisfaction stems from personal conflicts, consider mediation or a facilitated discussion with HR. Workplaces are communities, and like any community, conflicts may arise but can also be resolved through communication.

Negotiate Your Salary: Feeling underpaid can significantly impact your job satisfaction. Research industry standards for your role and prepare to discuss your compensation. Be ready to highlight your contributions and achievements. Utilise a specialist recruiter in your industry to understand the current market rates.

Consider Flexibility: If a lack of variety is the issue, propose taking on different tasks or projects. Sometimes, the solution could be as simple as diversifying your workload.


Why Communication is Key

Many concerns that lead individuals to consider leaving their jobs are, at their core, communication issues. Whether it’s not feeling heard, valued, or understood, the gap often lies in unexpressed expectations or needs. By initiating conversations, you’re not only addressing your current dissatisfaction but also paving the way for a more open, inclusive, and satisfying work environment.


The Importance of Resolving Concerns Before Seeking a New Role

Before embarking on the process of looking for a new job, it’s crucial to exhaust all avenues for resolving existing issues within your current role. This pre-emptive approach not only provides clarity on whether the grass is genuinely greener elsewhere but also prevents the potential for regret. Imagine going through the exhaustive process of job hunting, only to find that a simple conversation could have addressed your concerns, rendering your search unnecessary. More so, resolving issues internally first can provide a strong foundation if you do decide to leave, ensuring you’re moving forward for the right reasons, rather than escaping unresolved problems. This strategic step can transform your career path, making each move a positive leap towards your ultimate career goals.


Recruiters as Career Advisors

The role of a recruiter extends beyond matching candidates with job openings. We’re career advisors, and part of that role involves helping candidates navigate their current roles as much as finding new ones. Sometimes, the best move for your career is to stay put and grow within your current firm.


In conclusion, before deciding to leave your job, consider the potential of a ‘makeup’ with your current role. Assess whether your issues can be resolved through internal channels. Remember, a successful career is not just about the work you do but also about how you navigate challenges and seek solutions. If, after exploring these avenues, you find that moving on is the best option, then you can do so knowing you’ve made a well-informed decision. At the end of the day, whether you’re looking to make an immediate change or planning for the future, open, honest communication is often the key to unlocking your career’s full potential.

If you’re contemplating a career move and are open to discussing your options or want to get a feel of the market, I’m here for a straightforward, commitment-free chat. Send me an email at to arrange a call.

My views are based on my 17 years+ of recruiting for Accountancy Practice and Insolvency professionals.

For advice about your career options, speak to Scott Lowes at Levitate Recruitment, specialists in placing practice-trained accountants and insolvency professionals across the UK, and find the right role to suit your ambitions.