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When It's Time to Make a Job Change
By Kathy Swann
Do you find yourself dreading Monday mornings? Have you become a clock watcher? Do you lose your patience at work over things that never bothered you before? You may be ready for a job change.
In the middle of the last century, most employees worked for the same company their whole lifetime and never considered switching jobs. But now loyalty to one company or boss is a thing of the past. Employees want to feel they are making a contribution to the company, are being paid what they’re worth and getting great benefits, and also have a work/life balance.
If you are feeling lost in the job you’ve been in for a while, it may be time for you to consider moving on. If you think you are not being paid what you’re worth, you owe it to yourself to find out if this is true. There are many websites available that list salaries by job by state, so research to see what your job should be paying in your area.
Maybe you don’t feel the company benefits are as comparable as they should be, and it doesn’t hurt to ask around to find out what other employers are offering. However, be sure not to let your present boss know what you’re doing, or you could be perceived as not being a team player. You don’t want to be out of a job until you have a solid offer from a prospective employer.
Network with your friends and acquaintances so they know to keep you in mind when they hear of a job opening in your field. You may get an interview from a referral instead of a newspaper advertisement.
Just because you feel stagnant in your current job doesn’t mean you are stuck there. Make an effort to look for the next challenge in your career, and it just may be the perfect job you’ve been waiting for. There’s always another company that has more to offer than where you are now, but be sure to consider all the pros and cons before making your decision.
Start looking forward to Monday morning instead of dreading it!
Kathy Swann has over 25 years experience in office administration, payroll and Human Resources. Her e-book "How to Win When You Lose Your Job: A Handbook for Those Soon to Be Unemployed” was written to help employees understand what benefits are available to them should they lose their job through no fault of their own. Purchase this e-book at www.loseyourjob.net.
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