GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Ted Chalupsky, President and founder of The Right Staff, shares tips to help guide your career path.
"Is now the time right to make a job move?"
Most people who have been fortunate to keep a job during this past recession, have remained in these positions primarily for security and income. Now that the economy is showing signs of improvement, many people are contemplating whether the time is right to start looking for a new position, or stay in their current job.
Other than having more confidence in the economy and the job market, there are several reasons why people are starting to look at a new job search:
Workload and stress
Many companies cut their workforce, with the remaining employees having to shoulder more of the workload. For the remaining employees, this translated into working more hours and expanded responsibilities, resulting in more stress on everyone. People are looking to move to another position to reduce stress, hours and workload.
Re-start your Career Path
Many people have seen their career path stall due to the economy, and forced to stay in a job they have outgrown. They are ready for more challenge and experience their existing employer is not in a position to offer at the present time.
A Poor Work Environment
Because of the pressures of a poor economy, the work environment of many companies has been negatively impacted, forcing them to do layoffs, cut salaries, bonuses and other employee perks. A person may be looking for a simple change of scenery and a fresh start to reignite their career path.
Thus, the improving economy has given people the confidence to start exploring other job options. The timing for starting a search is good, as hiring continues to pick-up, creating new opportunities. The unintended effect, is when one employee leaves a company for a new job at another company, this creates an opening at the first company that in most cases, will need to be backfilled. This is good news for people that have been without a job for an extended period of time, as the trend indicates there will be more openings like this, increasing the number of opportunities for the longer-term unemployed.
"What factors should you consider, to help determine if the timing is good to look at a job change?"
1. Opportunities within your existing company
Before looking at other companies for opportunities, there may be positions within your current company you may not be aware of. Most companies are aware of the replacement cost of a good employee and will do everything they can to create a situation that will help them retain the employee, plus protect their investment. Initiate a meeting with your boss to strategize on training or growth opportunities within the company. Determine what the expectations are for earning a promotion or transferring to another department that has an opportunity for you at the next level. If you conclude there are no opportunities for advancement, the time has come to seriously consider a search.
2. Is your current job aligned with your career goals
Many people have remained in a job just to pay the bills, and been forced to compromise their career path with a job that is not in alignment with their career goals. If your current employer doesn't offer training and advancement that are related to your career path, now is the time to consider investing in further education and training programs outside your work setting, while you're still employed in your present job. Once you've finished these programs, you'll be in a better position to apply for a job that gets you re-aligned with your career path.
3. Work Environment
After coming out of a recession, this is one of the main reasons employees start to move from one company to another. Most companies do a good job of managing their culture and morale during a recession, but some companies fall victim to a toxic work environment, where workers become miserable due to internal politics, fear, back-stabbing and any other behavior that is fostered by a company under economic stress. If these elements are in place at your current job, its time to mobilize and start searching for your new position at a company that values its employees and your skills.
4. Security and Compensation
Some people get comfortable with their current situation and tolerate certain job conditions because they'd rather deal with the devil they know, versus investigating new opportunities. Its natural for anyone to want job security, but sticking with a non-ideal job because you're comfortable, receive an acceptable wage and have benefits can hold you back from all kinds of new jobs that are now opening. Doing a little research can help you determine if you should be investigating new opportunities. For instance, most people don't realize what their skills can command for wages in the marketplace. A good site to visit to help you determine what you should be earning, is www.payscale.com. This information can be helpful as you evaluate current position or look at other jobs.
5. Get an agent
There are very few people who are experts at doing their own job search. Get help. Find a recruiter or recruiters that specialize in your skill area to help you put together a strategy to find your new job, including helping you write your resume', creating your LinkedIn profile, market you to their network of hiring managers and help negotiate your job offer.
As you assess your current job situation, be aware you have leverage in marketing your skills by the fact that you're currently employed. If you've been unemployed for more than a year or longer, be encouraged, because more people that are employed are going to be leaving their current job, which will create more opportunities for you. Either way, the pendulum is swinging toward the advantage of the job candidate. Employers are anxious to meet with you, because their business activity continues to grow and they need help.
Good job hunting!
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