Should You Stay or Should You Go? Recognize When it’s Time to Find a New Job

July 27th, 2012

The decision to leave your workplace and head into the unknown in search of a new job will always be highly personal. You’re the only one who understands the complex fabric of your own life, and only you know how to find a comfortable balance between risk and reward, or between the dull security of your current job versus the possibility of something better waiting beyond the horizon.

Most of us envision our careers as an upward climb. As our experience grows, our skills increase, and our salary should increase as well. Rising money and prestige come with rising responsibility, and most of us stop climbing and level off when we’re no longer interested in taking on more responsibilities. At that point, our salary and titles are satisfactory and we usually enjoy our jobs, or at least find them tolerable. There are two common ways this smooth progression can become derailed.
If you encounter either of these, you’ll know the time has come to get moving.

1.    You may want to continue increasing your salary and level of responsibly, but your current company may be unable to help you. If there are no higher positions available in your firm, or if you’ve requested a justified promotion and been denied or passed over more than once, it’s time to leave. You have nothing to lose by reaching out for positions elsewhere, and if you stay, you’ll waste valuable time. Your skills may also stagnate and you may find yourself becoming resentful, which can be hard on your mental health and your workplace relationships.

2.    You need to leave if you’re unhappy. The measure of your happiness is entirely personal, but here’s a rule of thumb: Have you ever had an inner monologue in which you convince yourself that you’re happy and list every one of the reasons, point by point? Have you ever told yourself “I don’t love doing this every day, but I’m sure it’s good for my character. Plus, it’s better than no job at all. Plus, I should be grateful because I’m better off than I was ten years ago…etc.” If you have this conversation more than twice every day for a period of at least two weeks, then it’s time to apply for positions elsewhere. It may even be time for a completely new career. Change may seem daunting at first, but people do it every day. No matter where you decide to go or how you decide to get there, you need to leave. Better things are waiting.

If you are ready to take the next step contact Personnel Services Unlimited to make that decision rewarding.

Recognize Employment Scams

June 22nd, 2012

It’s an age-old truth that desperation attracts bottom feeders, and any pocket of society that contains a high amount of desperation will also become a breeding ground for those who wish to turn the urgent needs of others into cash for themselves. Unemployment offers just such a pocket. There will always be scammers lurking around the unemployed, hoping to take advantage of those who will do anything for a job.

The best way to avoid scams is to keep your desperation under control. Maintain a cool head and don’t let the urgency of your situation get the best of you. Your bank account may be dwindling, but that’s no reason to leap without looking, abandon your dignity, or sign anything without reading the fine print. A foolish move is a foolish move, no matter how long you’ve been out of work.

Remember that you aren’t alone. Your situation may feel unique, but it isn’t. There are many others out there treading the same paths and making the same decisions in pursuit of the same goal. Once you realize how common these paths and these decisions are, you’ll be less likely to view an opportunity as one-in-a-million, tailor-made just for you, or only available for a limited time.  Don’t get excited about anything that seems too perfect or too perfect for you.

If you find yourself drawn toward something because it seems easy, lucrative or made for you, then investigate if you must, but do so with one hand on your wallet. If the offer in question is a legitimate job, money will flow to you, not away from you. Don’t sign on with anyone who asks you to pay them. They should be paying you. If a job requires you to invest any money or pay any upfront fees, just walk away.

As a general rule of thumb, walk away from anyone who offers you a chance to work at home making as much money as you want. See the rule above: Your desires are not unique. Everyone in the world wants to work from home, and everyone wants flexible earning power. Also, steer clear of any job posting that seems too eager to sell, rather than buy. If an advertised job seems to offer everything and require nothing (no specific skills, experience, qualifications, education or sacrifice) then it probably isn’t a job. Be skeptical if a post contains too many exclamation points or italics. These plus a few misspelled words should be a terminal red flag.

Before you complete any forms that ask for your personal information or social security number, make sure you activate every one of your internal scam sensors. And remember: desperation makes you vulnerable, but a cool head can protect your interests and keep you safe. If you sense anything fishy, back away, stay calm and confident, and just keep looking.

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