Do I Need a New Job?

By Eric Gendron on April 11, 2017

“I think I need a new job.” We all say this. We say it when we’re angry. We say it in jest. We say it to family, friends, random strangers on the train if we’re having a particularly rough week…

But determining when and if we actually need a new job can pose a real challenge. Discerning a bump in the road from a reason to leave is not always easy.

In working with hiring companies and jobseekers for ten years, I’ve found a good place to start is with a simple checklist (or “gut check” list) of the most basic tenets of any position. Ask yourself…

Do you…

-like your boss?

-enjoy the work you’re doing?

-like the people you work with?

-have perks/benefits/compensation commensurate with your experience and value?

If you answered yes to all of the above, clearly, you are in the right place.

But what if…

-your commute isn’t great?

-you’ve hit a plateau and are ready for a new challenge? 

These criteria are more nebulous. For the commute, many companies are now working with employees on work-from-home solutions and flex hours. Before you decide that it’s either your sanity or the commute and you have no choice but to leave, talk to your manager. If the other aspects of your job are going swimmingly, it’s worth discussing your options before embarking on a search.

Likewise, if you feel like you need a new challenge, opportunities may exist at your current company. Perhaps you can change teams or clients. Move to a new department. Depending on the size and scope of your organization, making an internal move may be the path for you. If you’re happy with your situation overall, it’s likely your company is committed to employee growth and willing to find new opportunities so valuable people stay.

And the final, arguably most telling questions to ask in any “Do I need a new job?” quandary…

Do you…

-feel underappreciated?

-have a pit in your stomach every Sunday night?

-feel your coworkers are adversarial/the environment is toxic?

-know you are grossly underpaid?

Answering “yes” to even one of these questions means it may be time to look. This isn’t about the ups and downs of any role, occasional professional conflict, or moving for a $5k raise when you otherwise love your job. If you dread going to work every week, receive little to no recognition for the work you’re doing and haven’t had a raise in ten years, there is something better for you. Know that you deserve more and will find it. It just takes the energy and confidence to look.

7 Things to Do Right Now If You're Looking for a New Job

By Mary Truslow on January 06, 2017

Is it just me or does this new year feel particularly introspective? Have you spent the last week thinking about goals and projects for the year ahead?

Should I take a trip? Is it time to renovate the kitchen? Is it time for a new job?

Sometimes “new year/new job” is a fleeting thought, but other times, January 1 is a catalyst for a career move that is a long time coming. If you’re serious about looking for a new role, here are seven things you can do right now to shift from musing to moving.

1) Know yourself and what matters to you. This may sound trite, but I cannot tell you how many jobseekers I speak with who, when asked what they want and what they’re looking for, honestly have no idea. Before you start your search, start with yourself. Determine what your strengths are, your must-haves, and your goals for your next role.

2) Research the market. Particularly if you've been off the market for a while, research the skills in demand. "Relevancy" is huge, so identify the language being used in job openings to emphasize your relevant, in-demand skills across your resume, LinkedIn profile, portfolio, etc.

3) Use your network. This has been said many times, but it can't be said enough. Your network is the best, most underutilized resource for finding a new job. But it requires outreach. Identify contacts/advocates at the companies you want to work for and connect. Or find someone in your network who has a connection at those companies. Maybe you pursue a referral or introduction. Maybe you secure an informational interview. Is networking intimidating? Yes. Is it impossible? No.

4) Google yourself. Before you start your search, make sure your social presence is...presentable. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, all of it. In the marketing and creative industry, your social accounts are a great way to showcase your point of view as well as your professional and personal values. Just be sure that your presence is consistent, appropriate and true to you. (And if you have "digital" in your job title, know that employers expect more from you online, e.g. more than ten connections on LinkedIn.)

5) Have a strategy and a game plan. A real game plan. Complete with a "hire by" date. Putting a date on the calendar for when you want to be in your next job will help keep you motivated.

6) Perfect your resume, LinkedIn profile and portfolio. These tools should be clear, consistent and an honest representation of who you are and what you've done. Read your resume aloud. At the end of each point, ask yourself the question, "So what?" This exercise will streamline your resume, illuminate the value you bring and better prepare you for inevitable interview questions like—Can you tell me about a problem you helped solve?

7) Get out of your comfort zone. Here's the truth. Looking for a new job is daunting. Particularly now that finding a job requires more networking than ever before. But, I implore you, don’t settle for online job boards. Find new connections and reconnect with old. Take a class. Connect with me! Get creative and proactive. There’s something pushing you to look. So, work a little harder, take a few risks, and find the job you deserve.

The New Normal of Job Search and How You Can Compete

By Joyce Bethoney on October 04, 2016

“There is nothing so stable as change.” --Bob Dylan

During my time working in staffing over the last 13 years, I have seen many ups and downs in our business. Largely driven by the economy. The economy is strong with the Dow over 18000.00, an unemployment rate at 5.5% and mortgage rates at 3.39%. It is undeniably a good economy. 

It’s also a candidate’s market. However, this doesn’t mean that jobseekers waltz in and secure any job their hearts desire. Landing a job has become exponentially more sophisticated than it was ten years ago. And even though there are more jobs and opportunities at the moment, the process is complex, competitive and doesn’t result in everyone getting a job just because they meet most of the requirements.

Here are a few things to do to increase your opportunities and offers in a market like this.


Jobseeker Recommended Reading

By Mary Truslow on October 16, 2014

Finding a new job should be about more than compensation, skill-set and commute. A job search is an opportunity to really make a change in your life. So, when looking for a new role, reflect on who you are. Figure out what gets you jazzed. And of course, determine where your experience intersects with today’s job market.

Here is a collection of the latest articles I recommend to candidates embarking on their own job searches. And if you are thinking about looking for a new role now or in the New Year, we’re here to help.

Finding Your Life’s Purpose

Steps for a Successful Job Search

Fabulous Resume Tips for Career Changers

How to use LinkedIn daily, weekly, monthly

6 Steps to a Perfect Interview

Getting Hired

Age or Attitude?

How A Recruiter Should Work With You

By Megan Greene on July 15, 2014

Placing a great candidate in a great role is exciting for all parties involved—the candidate, the client and the recruiter. But in all of the excitement, a candidate should never feel rushed or pressured to make a decision. If you decide to work with a recruiter, you should feel like you're in a partnership and working with someone who is looking out for your best interests.

It's the recruiter's job to establish open and honest communication, and provide enough time and space for a candidate to think through and answer critical, but often glossed over, questions, such as:

1) Does this position truly match my skill set?

2) Is the company of interest to me?

3) Is the commute feasible/location convenient?

4) Is the salary or hourly rate in line with what I am looking for?

5) Have I asked all of the questions I have around the position/company/opportunity?

At a minimum, these are the questions that need to be answered (honestly) before accepting any position. And the right recruiter cannot only help you to answer them, but also bring insight and considerations to the table that may assist you in your decision.

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