In this week's team blog, Greg Mackenzie, a Recruitment Consultant here
at The Candidate, explains the highs and lows of taking a leap and
starting a new job. Greg, who works exclusively on advertising
agency jobs, has been at The Candidate for just over 4 months, so
he can personally relate to the excitement and challenges a change
of job entails.
When starting a new job, have you ever doubted your
Don't worry - it's a big change and you're not alone. Change is
a recognised emotional process and it impacts people of all ages
and seniority, no matter how experienced they are or how many times
they've changed jobs before. Known as Kelley and Conner's Emotional
Cycle of Change, it's not just limited to changing jobs, it occurs
when we make any significant change in our lives.
When coupled with relocating, this process can be more severe
and last for longer periods of time. As many of us go through
similar, predictable stages, the emotional cycle becomes easier to
understand - increasing our ability to cope.
The Emotional Cycle of Change:
- Stage 1: Uniformed Optimism
- Stage 2: Informed Pessimism
- Stage 3: Hopeful Realism
- Stage 4: Informed Optimism
- Stage 5: Completion
Stage 1: Uniformed Optimism
The feeling of certainty, that you've made the right decision,
and your excitement at starting anew.
Stage 2: Informed Pessimism
As you begin to get underway, you may feel negative emotions and
begin to doubt your ability to meet requirements as you get a
better understanding of what the new role actually entails.
Overcome this by revisiting your goals, take one-day-at-a-time,
focus on your positive achievements and seek assistance from a
Stage 3: Hopeful Realism
When you become familiar with your new circumstances, feelings
of pessimism fade. Although tougher than in previous positions, you
begin to realise your new goals are achievable.
Changing habits and following action plans often help you stay
Stage 4: Informed Optimism
Confidence kicks in you feel you've made the right decision once
again. You now have the experience to tackle problems and you can
even begin to support other staff members at earlier stages of the
Stage 5: Completion
You've reached your goal. You feel satisfied having completed
this emotional journey and you can now begin to look at the next
A few closing words from Greg:
Having just relocated to Manchester to begin a new career in
marketing recruitment, I can certainly recognise my own personal
journey through some of the stages discussed above. Learning about
SEO recruitment & PPC recruitment has been just a small part of
balancing an almost vertical learning curve with fitting in to a
new city. Having an experienced support network around me in the
office, I've been able to get off to good start - exceeding targets
and building my reputation in digital recruitment in
For most people, this cycle happens within their first 3 months
of starting a new job, coincidentally aligning with a typical
probation period. Change is never easy, but by recognising your
transition through each stage and overcoming with the right
techniques, you will reach your end goal.