Admittedly, it has been a hard year so far for all concerned. And the harsh truth is there will be a lot of engineers not receiving a pay rise this year.
It’s a bit like saying Santa will not be bringing you a present this year (sorry kids) or that your birthday’s been cancelled due to fog.
So with this scenario in mind, our attentions turn to plying our trade with another company – it’s fair to say that a lot of engineers feel undervalued by their current employers and within the industry and I have to include myself in this scenario.
But before we all jump into the recruitment melting pot in a fit of frustration, stop and ask yourself why you are really moving?
It could be or a variety of reasons. Money is normally the main one, then you have conditions, travelling distance, clash of personalities etc. We all have our grievances when it comes to leaving our current employer. Personally, I have had many jobs and they have been varied over the years that I am now on toes having ran out of fingers.
In all circumstances did I move for the right reasons? At the time yes, but upon reflection I should have stayed were I was in certain jobs and seen it out as things did improve as the times improved, so before you jump ship, take a step back and speak to your employer and friends about leaving if possible. Weigh it up carefully, because a much as it affects you, it also has an indirect effect on the people around you.
Then there is the recruitment nightmare that you now have to go through. In days gone by it was done word of mouth, but now that we seem to do little communication between companies and engineers.
A lot of engineers are recruited via the internet and there are a lot of jobs online that do look interesting, but I would ask you to do as much digging as possible about the job that you are applying for and try to find out why they are recruiting. Are they recruiting because of an upturn in workload or because they cannot keep their engineers due to management issues or working practices, again I know this through experience.
I have never seen so many engineers fed up with the jobs they are at the moment, but before you make the jump, take it from me, the grass isn’t always greener.
Anonymous Fridge Guy works as a contractor in the supermarket refrigeration sector