Job change during the war...

Olha Onofriichuk
Olha Onofriichuk July 14, 2022

Job change, job, career

Changing the job during the war... Many people are frightened by the very thought of it, and some, on the contrary, are actively looking for new opportunities during this period and choose where to go to work and which company to choose.

Recently, a new IT recruiter Yulia joined our team. And we decided to ask Yulia whether it's difficult to decide to change the job now, what candidates expect from a new company and what exactly you need to know before changing your job now.

Let's start our interview:

  • Was it easy to decide to change your job? Did you face any difficulties during this process?

Such decisions were difficult for me even before, in peacetime. At the beginning of the war, I wanted something stable/familiar, so I made such a decision after a long time. I think that in the first days of the war, a lot of people reevaluated their values and their world view changed as well.
The most difficult thing was to compare your pre-war expectations from the company where you worked with what was happening at the moment.

  • What was the main motivation why you decided to change your job during the war?

The main motivation was that the previous company had only one client left to continue working with. Because of the war, everything stopped, they stopped communicating in the team and looking for new clients.

  • Did you have any thought like "maybe not worth it"?

Yes, the fear that you might end up without a job was very frightening, but still the realization that you have to move on won.

  • How do you think, how many stages in the hiring process is the best and the most comfortable option? And do you remember how the recruitment process at EvoTalents looked like?

It depends on the vacancy... For a recruiter, it's okay if there are 3 stages. I felt comfortable that there was an opportunity to work on the test task without strict deadlines. And it's great that there was an opportunity to chat with several future colleagues. But for a developer, three stages is not cool at all.

  • Was the onboarding process easy? Did you experience any difference between the onboarding processes before and now, in wartime?

I've been working at EvoTalents for less than a month, just at the stage of passing it.
Onboarding is always a stressful process, but compared to the stress of war, it's nothing...
I feel that people in the team are united, united by pain, if we can say so.

  • What were the main criteria for choosing a place of work for you? Maybe you had a wish list for your new job? Would you like to share it with us?

The main criterion was that the company/team was adaptable to changes, not thinking only about today (during the war, I realized that this was important).
As for the rest: a strong and open team that helps each other develop.

  • Another interesting, but no less important, question that almost all candidates are asking themselves and future employers now: work and communication with the team during the war. In your opinion, are there any quality must-have habits (actions) that must be present in companies during the war. For example, chats, where to do a daily survey, how the employees are, or 1*1 with the Operations Manager, for example, to discuss if everything is ok with the employee?

I think, yes. 1*1 should be once in a while, necessarily and preferably not in writing. I am sure that the war affected everyone, and it is amazing when the employer keeps his finger on the pulse. Probably, not every person will want to share all the details of what's happening in his/her life, but "live" meetings give an opportunity to understand more about the emotional state of a person.
If the team is large, it is worth keeping a list of who is where, in case of an escalation in a specific region.

  • Thank you for the answers. Tell me what advice you could give to those who are currently thinking about changing jobs, or are hesitating whether to move somewhere, look for a new job or not.

It's good when a specialist knows what's in demand on the market, so "looking" at new vacancies is useful for upgrading your skills.
If there is a thought about changing the job, then it is worth analyzing the reason why you want this. Based on this, you will understand what exactly you need to look for in a future company. And don't make emotional decisions (but unless it is related to russian traces in the current company...)
Don't be afraid: we can see that the market is recovering.
Don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it: now it is clear more than ever that it is not scary and that we are surrounded by open people.

We hope Yulia's answers and experience will help you with making job decisions. And if you want to share your story with us too, write to us.