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.

Once They Meet You, They're Not Going To Love You

By Eric Gendron on November 10, 2015

Let me explain. In the world of recruiting, I hear from many a jobseeker, “Once they meet me, they’re going to love me!” And what some (not all) folks actually mean by this is, “I know they said the salary is $50,000, but once they meet me, they’re going to love me! I bet they’d go up to $60,000.”

Real talk: Once they meet you, they might love you, but it doesn’t mean they’ll give you more money. Read More...

How and Why to Connect on LinkedIn

By Eric Gendron on April 09, 2014

Chances are if you are reading this blog, you have a LinkedIn profile.

As the social media outlet of choice for business professionals, LinkedIn has evolved from a place to connect with others and share your work experience to a highly interactive, online networking community. And much like its fun lovin’ social media outlet cousin, Facebook, there are certain dos and don’ts when it comes to how and why you connect on LinkedIn.

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Perm or Temp-to-Perm?

By Eric Gendron on December 12, 2013

So - you’ve FINALLY received the go ahead to bring on that designer/writer/personal chef you’ve been asking for. You know you’ve got to get this hire right, and you’ve been told you have a few different options.

You can bring this person in as a full-time employee (perm). Or, you can bring someone in as a contractor with the understanding that, if things go swimmingly, they will be converted to an FTE (temp-to-perm). *For the sake of this blog, we’ll leave out freelance entirely, as this typically comes from a different budget.

So, let’s explore the pros and cons of perm and temp-to-perm.

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Get The Referral. Now.

By Eric Gendron on December 12, 2013

Referrals. Everyone knows they’re important. Everyone knows they’re one of the best ways to build business. But hardly anyone is actually taking the time or making the effort to get them. Procuring referrals is without a doubt the proverbial elephant in the room. 

So, where do you start when it comes to referrals? Read More...

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