While many of us believe that Labor Day marks the end of summer, September 22nd is in fact the first day of fall. For many of us, it means we're officially back to the daily grind of the 5 day work week and a busy fall season until the holidays. It's easy to put your career goals on the back burner through the summer months with Summer Friday’s, sun tans and barbeques on your mind. So our advice is to use the next couple of months to evaluate your current work situation. Are you happy in your current role? How can you expand on your responsibilities? Where can you improve? Making adjustments/improvements to your day-to-day work habits can be very rewarding, especially when you see the fruits of your labor. Or perhaps you've used summer to avoid the inevitable truth--you're not happy or you're not challenged in your current role.
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d to make that career change, whether it's making a change internally at your company or starting the job search elsewhere. We suggest sitting down and taking time to decide what it is you like about your current role and what you don't and where you see yourself going from there. And while it would be lovely for our job searches to subsist exclusively on personal fulfillment, we can all be honest and admit that salary is certainly a major part of the picture. Many companies have been on hiring freezes or put in place bonus freezes for years and at some point it effects company morale. If your job search is motivated by the potential of an increase in compensation, start seeing what's out there and set your sights on a reasonable number that would incentivize you to leave. If anything, it’s always good to know your market value and the only way to find that out is through interviewing. (Don't forget to check out our interviewing tips: /blog/interviewing-101.)
How to Hunt While You Work...
Searching for a new job can definitely be stressful, on top of the fact that you do not want to jeopardize your current role. Try and make sure you do it professionally. Work on your resume at home, scour job openings at home and be mindful how you use your work email. Make sure your correspondence with other companies is through your personal email. If you need to make a call, step outside. There's nothing more unprofessional than using your paid time at work to job hunt. Also, if you've been with a company for a long time, it's likely you have work friends and that you feel quite close to them considering we spend most of our lives at work (it's true!). Just be careful about oversharing information. You may think that they'd be happy for you and will keep your search confidential, but you never know. Our tip is to choose wisely when divulging information. We recommend waiting until you have an official offer on the table. You've got to take care of yourself first and not worry about hurting feelings. Real friends will be happy for you and support your decision to move on.
Quite possibly the most uncomfortable part of the job change. Unless you're truly miserable in your job and dreaming of resigning, giving notice can be a very unpleasant procedure. Our protocol, if it's not indicated anywhere in your original contract/job offer specifications, is to give 2 weeks notice out of respect for your current employer. For people who have been with a company for many years, giving 3-4 weeks is not unheard of and, while it's not necessary, you definitely leave in good standings with your colleagues by not only giving them ample time to hire your replacement, but also possibly giving a training period for you to assist in onboarding the new hire. If you're very beloved by your firm, BE PREPARED for the counter offer. Many people decide to stay when their company decides to match the offer. If money was the main motivation in your search, then this could be an ideal situation. If not, professionally decline the counter offer and let them know it's just time for a change. Every situation is different and every HR department may react differently. Some companies will have exit interviews and some may ask you to leave same day, due to conflicts of interest. Just keep calm and be very grateful and professional. Thank them for their support; remind them how much you've enjoyed your time with the company. You never know when you'll need these connections later on in your career.
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