Are you tempted by a change in jobs but understandably concerned by the cautious economic outlook in 2018? Many people facing the same dilemma this January; almost half of marketers recently surveyed said they were considering a change.

However, with doom and gloom predictions everywhere you look these days, is it worth the risk if your current role is secure?
It is a question only you can really answer, but here’s our views on common misconceptions or “myths about job hunting” in 2018’s unique circumstances to help you weigh things up.

I have to move, my current company is never going to resolve my issues.

If you have underlying issues linked to career progression, flexible working arrangements, opportunities, work environment, or any of a myriad concerns; we’d always recommend speaking to your employer where possible. In some cases, it is possible to resolve things to your benefit. If not, you can consider your next step knowing you’ve exhausted every avenue.

I can’t move, I’ll just have to suck it up. No one is going to be hiring with such economic uncertainty!

One of the most common myths about job hunting; but actually, this one isn’t true. Whilst businesses are understandably cautious, a recent REC report showed “the number of businesses planning to employ new people still outnumbers those planning reductions.” There are businesses continuing to expand their teams as well as replace existing roles. It isn’t all doom and gloom – the manufacturing industry is experiencing its highest output for 10 years thanks to high global demand and a weaker pound.  Recent reports also give fresh hopes for UK banks being given privileged access to EU markets after Brexit.

The start of the year is the worst time to consider a move – too many others are doing the same thing and the competition is very high.

Ordinarily, we’d agree that there is a surge in applicants at the start of the year. However, due to a cautious outlook, candidates are in much shorter supply than we would usually find. So if you are set on moving then it might be an ideal opportunity, especially if your particular skill set (whether that be digital, analytical or strategic marketing) is in high demand.

I have a really good thing going with working flexibly here – I won’t get that elsewhere.

This is a tricky one. Employers are far more open to flexible working discussions right from the start of a role these days, and it isn’t going to necessarily put an employer off, if you are the right person for the role. Point to note however, it is essential you brief your consultant ahead of going for a role about your requirements so they can brief the employer accordingly.  If however you have an unusual arrangement, it might be tricky to replicate this from the start of a new role; it a discussion you would have to undertake.

It’s too risky too move with an uncertain economic climate – if the business starts to struggle, it’s first in, last out.

On the whole businesses are unlikely to be growing teams and replacing individuals if their medium to long term prospects are unsound. If a business sees challenging times on the horizon that may dictate a contraction in their activities; they are unlikely to hiring permanent staff in the short term.

Whatever your motivations for leaving, we advise you review the market thoroughly to begin with and match your requirements and strengths accordingly. Hopefully we’ve helped you to see that the common myths about job hunting aren’t quite what they seem.  To help further, we’ve put together our “Journey to a New Role in 2018” with advice and guidance on getting started.

In the meantime, take a look at our most recent jobs or give us a call on 01737 457330 to have a frank discussion about your local marketing jobs market; we’d love to hear from you.



Updated January 11, 2018