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7 Reasons You Need to Start Looking for a New Job

Unread postby RatPak11 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:22 pm

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7 Reasons You Need to Start Looking for a New Job

Published December 24, 2013
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The days of working for the same company for 40 years are long past. Our parents and grandparents might have showed that kind of loyalty, but it's unlikely that today's young workers will work for the same company their entire careers.

There are many good reasons for job-hopping, just make sure you keep in mind the financial changes that may occur as a result. Here are seven reasons to start looking for a new job.

1. Moving on Up It can be hard to distinguish yourself and get promoted within a big company. If that's the case, it might be a good idea to leverage your current title and salary to get a more attractive offer with a competitor. Just don't burn your bridges. Leave on good terms -- you never know when your former employer might want you back (or where your former bosses and co-workers will end up).

2. To Vary Your Experience Think about how much you learned when you started your current job. After a few years, you may find yourself doing the same tasks over and over. If that's the case, your expertise is good for your employer but not for your career. By switching jobs, you force yourself to learn new skills and become a more valuable employee in the long run.

3. Times Are Tough You don't have to be in the accounting department to know when a company's at risk of going bust. If you've noticed things like layoffs, earnings consistently underperforming, etc., it might be time to bail. If you can spot trouble before it's announced publicly, this will give you a huge head start on your competition in finding a new job.

4. You're Bored The ideal jobs are ones where you are challenged on a day-to-day basis but the workload doesn't seem overwhelming. If your job is just too easy for you, you're probably not happy at work. Look for a job that will keep you motivated. Challenging yourself at work will ultimately keep you headed in the right direction careerwise and help you stay on top of your goals.

5. There's No Room for Advancement If you're at the top of the ladder early in your career, that could be a good reason to look around for other opportunities. There should be a somewhat linear trend to your career -- as you take on more responsibility, you make more money and keep moving up the ladder. If you find yourself stuck at a certain point, your title and salary are likely to suffer accordingly. Lack of career advancement is actually the top reason most employees leave their jobs.

6. Found Something Better If you're a successful and strong-minded employee, other companies may seek out your services. Whether you're head-hunted by a competitor or you apply on your own, being wanted by another company is always a good feeling. An outside offer might even put you in a position of strength with your current employer and allow you to negotiate a higher salary or title if you really want to stay at your current job.

7. Time for a New Career If you've just about had it with your job, consider switching careers. People do it all the time and just because you graduate with a degree in engineering doesn't mean you have to do that for the rest of your life. Be smart about it though: Don't just jump right into a career change. Do some research, save up some money and slowly make the transition.
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Re: 7 Reasons You Need to Start Looking for a New Job

Unread postby RatPak11 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:33 pm

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5 Signs You’re Not Being Paid Enough

By Lindsay BroderPublished December 11, 2013
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If you think you’re being underpaid at your job, you probably are.

With corporate costs on the rise, even the most profitable companies are keeping their budgets tight. And the first place many businesses pull the purse strings is with employee compensation. What’s more, as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, many enterprises trimmed their payrolls without expecting a drop in productivity, meaning they are essentially asking employees to do more for stagnant wages.

Being underpaid feels awful, especially for the most dedicated and hardworking employees. But how do you know that you are definitely underpaid, and what can you do about it?


Sign No.1: Your company’s revenue has risen significantly but your pay hasn’t.

Solution: Don’t just assume your organization’s earnings have increased over the past few years, get the actual figures. Publically-traded companies are required to file financial reports on a quarterly or annual basis and other large companies issue statements on their growth and earnings. If you can’t seem to get your hands on this information, consider meeting with your boss and asking about the organization and your department’s performance to get a better sense of the firm’s financial health over the past few years. This is also a prime opportunity to ask about bigger opportunities for you to contribute internally where you can earn more.

Sign No. 2: Your colleagues are living large, but you’re struggling to make ends meet.

Solution: It’s never a good idea to share your salary with your co-workers, but you should compare your paycheck to equivalent positions within the industry. Not only will this provide a sense of where you fall on the pay scale, engaging in these conversations also helps you build your network and keeps your finger on the pulse of your industry. You never know when or from where a better opportunity will come your way.

Sign No. 3: Your responsibility has grown but not your pay.

Solution: If your workload is forever increasing, but you haven’t been compensated for it, don’t fret. It’s good that your employer trusts you enough to rely on you, plus the increased responsibility will look good on your resume. If you feel you aren’t being paid fairly, consider having ongoing conversations with headhunters. These professionals can keep you abreast of your industry’s salaries and might be able to provide job opportunities. You can also use a salary calculator for a good estimate of what you should make in your position.

Sign No. 4: Your worth doesn’t equal your pay.

Solution: It’s important to be really clear about your worth. Most professionals undervalue their work and for that reason they accept being underpaid. Consider what your hourly rate would be if you were self-employed, and then figure out your hourly rate at your current job to make sure the figures are aligned. Sure, if you’re a salaried employee with benefits, it’s important to account for those extra perks. But, if you would charge $200 per hour for your skills, knowledge and hard work, but you’re only being paid $30 per hour plus benefits, you might consider seeking other opportunities while you’re still employed. It’s always easier to find a new job when you have one.

Sign No.5: You’re just happy to have a job.

Solution: Well, with that attitude, no wonder you’re underpaid! Yes, the job market remains tight and tentative so it’s understandable to be grateful you’re employed, but that doesn’t make it OK to be unfairly compensated. Don’t become so comfortable that you take yourself out of the game for other opportunities.

Lindsay Broder, The Occupreneur™ Coach (on Twitter @occupreneur), is a certified professional coach based in New York. A Wall Street veteran, she specializes in Occupreneur™ coaching, strategy and crisis management services for executives, business leaders and organizations who strive to improve their businesses or careers.
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Re: 7 Reasons You Need to Start Looking for a New Job

Unread postby RatPak11 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:41 pm

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Moving On Up: 5 Tips for Career Advancement
July 1, 2013 / By Frank Addessi

Regardless of your position on the ladder of success the question is the same: “what can I do to move on up the food chain?” Whether you are a fresh out of school or a highly experienced professional everybody wants to get ahead. Even though every business, career and career path is unique, where some may have education requirements or experience minimums or other standards that are particular to your industry or field there are still some rules that are universal.


When it comes to workplace and career conventions there are unwritten rules that apply to everyone everywhere. The most important of these rules is that all the rules are valid even when you believe no-one will notice or think no-one is watching. The fact is that inappropriate and unprofessional behavior always gets found out sooner or later.

The single best piece of career advice I ever heard with regard to getting promoted, was to ask. To be clear I am not talking about asking for a promotion, although there are times when that may be the ticket or it may just backfire and knock you down a rung or two on the career ladder. No, I’m talking about asking the right question of the right person.

Before I tell you the question, we have to find the right person to ask and that is the person in whose hands your fate rests; the person who makes the decision about if and when you move up. The right person may not be your immediate supervisor, who might regard your question as a threat. If you have been in your job for a while the best place to start is the HR department or if you are in the process of interviewing for a new position, the person interviewing you is who can tell you who makes the decisions about promotions for your position.

When you know who makes the decision about your future and you have an appropriate opportunity you can ask the secret question. Contrary to what you might be thinking the right question is not “what does it take to get promoted” or some version of this. The magic question is a bit more subtle than that and is in and of itself the real first step.

“Git ‘r done”

Drum roll please. The question you want to ask is “what does it take to be the top performer for my position?” What you want to know is not what they can do for you but what you can do for them. The bottom line is that regardless of what those who don’t get promoted say, promotions always go to the best person for the job. The best person is not always the most qualified or the best liked they are always the person who is most likely to be successful!

When it comes to evaluating people one of the best means of gauging future success is past performance. The reality is that a slacker is seldom just waiting for the right promotion to show off their stuff and decision makers understand this. Meeting and perhaps exceeding expectations is what it takes to get ahead and asking the question puts the decision maker on notice that you are a force to be reckoned with.

Knowing and understanding this first vital step is important and actually exceeding expectations is not enough. You will have to learn and implement the remaining four tips to ensure your ability to move up.

Be a Team player

This one may be may be a bit of a cliché but being a team player makes a world of difference. A team player looks out for their employer and co-workers and shows that you care about more than yourself and deserve greater responsibility. It also shows that once given additional responsibilities you will be able to handle them.

Knowledge is power

You’ve no doubt heard that knowledge is power; well the codicil that is learning is everything. Learn everything you can about your job and cross train for supporting positions. Making the effort to seek out training and information show that you have the kind of initiative that it takes to be a leader and that you are both willing and able to do what it takes to improve yourself and succeed. Finally it shows that you have the ability to grow and personal growth translates to professional growth.

MYOB unless its your job to MOPB

MYOB, Mind Your Own Business. Facebook, Twitter, other social media sites and water cooler gossip are not going to do you any good when it comes to getting ahead in the workplace. Office politics and gossip may seem like harmless fun but they are really giant potholes on the road to success. This rule applies not only to work but after work as gossip has a way of getting back to people and it shows that you are immature and not ready for a more prominent position.

Dress for Success

This one never goes out of style; Dress for Success. Looking like you belong on a runway is great if your career path is in fashion but in virtually every other job a professional appearance matters most. Under dressing and over dressing are equally unacceptable, for different reasons. Professional attire is always clean, properly fitting and appropriate to your duties.

There you have it. The five most important tips to moving on up the corporate ladder. The final thing you should remember is that Rome was not built in a day or patience is a virtue or good things come to those who wait, or choose your cliché, just remember that promotions don’t happen overnight but they do happen and yours will too.
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Re: 7 Reasons You Need to Start Looking for a New Job

Unread postby RatPak11 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:43 pm

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5 Signs It’s Time to Start Looking for a New Job
October 30, 2013 / By Tiffany Patterson

We are living in an age in which professionals, typically, do not spend their entire career with one company. The loyalty between employer and employee there for previous generations is no longer here, on both side of the employer-employee scale. Today’s professionals are much more likely to hop around to a few different companies or employers during the span of a career.

We find there are a number of reasons for changing or quitting jobs, even in the midst of an ongoing economic recovery. Here are five reasons it may be time for you to start looking for a new job.

1. You’re stifled in your current position.

Sometimes no matter how great a company is, there is no room to grow. Perhaps you have reached the highest level your organization allows. If you are in your thirties or forties with 10 or 20+ years left before retirement, the last thing you want to do is remain with an employer who does not allow for professional growth. If you are feeling stifled in the way of motivation, creativity, etc., it is time to start looking for a new job.

Related Article: Moving On Up: 5 Tips for Career Advancement

2. Your role is not being respected.

Unfortunately, this occurs for many professionals in a variety of positions. One such example is in the profession of human resources. Companies are notorious for underestimating the importance of their human resource staff. If you find yourself being overlooked or not included in important decisions and meetings, this could be a sign your manager or company does not respect the role your position plays in the business. It’s time to start looking for a company that values you. Start searching for a new job (off the clock, of course!).

3. Your skills are not being utilized in the best way.

Every professional has aspects of his or her job they do not enjoy or that are tedious. However, if you find yourself spending more time on the tedious aspects of your job, and less in the aspects that use your specific skill set, it may be time to do some rearranging. While this is not always a sign that a new job search is on the horizon, it at least requires a talk with management. Try to find a way to delegate the more tedious responsibilities so you can take part in the aspects of your job that use your skills. If these changes are not made after you have brought attention to the issue, it may be time to look for a new job.

Related Article: Top 5 Fastest Growing Career Paths That Don’t Require Higher Education

4. You are having manager or colleague difficulties.

Working with people who operate differently than we do is just part of life. However, if you find yourself constantly running into communication issues and disagreements that make getting your work done difficult, even after trying to address these issues with HR, it may be time to make some changes in employment. If you are constantly at your wits end with your colleagues and different methods of trying to remedy the problem have not worked, it is in your best interest to begin looking for a new job.

5. Your health is suffering.

Stress is a part of life. It comes with the territory of working. But if you are so stressed at work that you are suffering adverse health effects, this is a sign that continued employment with your company may not be worth it. The Mayo Clinic lists the signs of stress to see if you any of these correlate with how you are feeling. Of course, it is always advisable to check with your doctor. If you are experiencing these symptoms of stress from work, it may be sign that a new job, either within your current company or at a new place of employment, would be in your best interest.

Most of us need to work in order to survive. This is a given. Nevertheless, if your current position is meeting any of the criteria listed above, these are signs that a new job may be in order. You are not obligated to stay with a company that is no longer serving you or your professional needs. It is also better to begin recognizing the signs it is time to leave, rather than burn out and even begin to resent your employer.
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Re: 7 Reasons You Need to Start Looking for a New Job

Unread postby RatPak11 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:45 pm

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The One Skill Employers are Looking For
November 18, 2013 / By Tiffany Patterson

Whether you are looking for a new job right now or thinking about your long-term career growth, there’s one skill you can’t overlook. Both the private and public sectors are changing to better suit the needs of consumers, businesses, and government needs. You need to change to better suit the work world. You need to learn another language. And then learn another one.

The most widely demanded skill is quickly becoming the ability to speak a second or even third language.

Job Prospects

Translators and interpreters are expected to be one of the 15 fastest growing occupations in the U.S. The Department of Labor estimates that between 2010 and 2020 around 25,000 translator and interpreter jobs are expected to open up. It is important to note the difference between a translator and an interpreter.

A translator focuses on the written language, such as translating letters and documents. An interpreter focuses on spoken language, for example the type of services that would be needed in a courtroom. The Department of Labor states that the need for both is growing drastically.

The field is expected to experience a 42% growth rate over the next decade. This number is not inclusive of the military, which is also scrambling for interpreters and translators. The necessity for these jobs range from for-profit businesses to national security. Compensation for these positions varies depending on language and role.

Salary Expectations

In the U.S. Spanish is the second most common language. As a result, an interpreter or translator of Spanish would command less money than an individual who was fluent in the less common Arabic. Still, even those who speak Spanish can command $40 an hour for a part-time interpreter position, with the school district of Pasadena, California.

The estimate median salary for translators and interpreters is about $43,000 per year. However, working for government agencies such as the FBI, CIA, or State Department can see these salaries increase into the six figure range.

These government agencies are looking for those with specific language skills, such as being fluent in a language predominantly used in Africa or the Middle East. Being able to speak and interpret Farsi will garner higher wages than being able to speak Spanish. This is due not only to the difficulty of the languages, but the danger associated with these positions. The high pay is also meant to compensate for the risk of threat or injury that comes with these jobs.

Government agencies are one of the top recruiters scrambling for these professionals. But these roles are not limited to government positions. The expansion of globalization has led many private sector companies to require the services of interpreters and translators, as well. These are not easy roles to fill, as many positions require not only knowledge of a second language, but technical knowledge of a specific field. Employers want well-rounded employees who can communicate with people across language barriers.
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