15 Signs it May be Time to Leave Your Job

 

Like any job, there are positives and negatives. Good days and bad days. Some days you might ask yourself, “I wonder if I should start looking for another job?”, but other days you tell yourself, “No, I think I’ll stay put.” If this describes you, and you’re constantly going back and forth with what to do, here are 15 signs it may be time to move on:

  1. You dread going to work
  2. When you come home from work you’re irritable more often than not
  3. You have trouble falling asleep or wake up in the middle of the night thinking of work
  4. Your job is making you feel down and somewhat depressed
  5. You dread Sunday nights and the thought of going to work on Monday
  6. You have no energy during the work week
  7. You live for the weekend
  8. Your employer or company doesn’t have the same values as you
  9. You don’t find fulfillment in your job anymore
  10. You have tried to grow in your career, but your job (or your manager) is not letting you
  11. You contributions are not valued
  12. Your colleagues or others at work are rude to you
  13. The work environment is very negative and/or toxic
  14. There have been several layoffs and/or turnover is high
  15. You have a gut feeling something may be happening to your job

If you’ve checked off several of these signs, and you’ve even tried to remedy some of the situations, then it may be time to dust off your resume and move on. Change is always scary, but there comes a time when you need to look out for your well-being and for the future of your career.

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Interviewing? Don’t Ignore These Red Flags

interview Canva2It happened! You were just invited to interview for a dream job! You’re excited and begin prepping for your interview right away, because you really want this job. However, no matter how excited you are for a potential job, don’t let the excitement cloud the red flags which may appear during the interview. Here are some of the many red flags to be aware of, some of which have been mentioned by clients:

  • When you walk into the office and you don’t have a good feeling about the atmosphere (employee behavior, a lot of complaining, a seemingly chaotic environment, etc.).
  • When the interviewer is late for your interview. Obviously, there may be a valid reason for being late, but one of my clients waited over an hour. He did not apologize or thank her for waiting. He just got busy and forgot. Whatever reason is given (or not given), it may be an indication of how it may be to work for this person (unorganized, not respectful of your time, rude, etc.).
  • When you ask to see a complete job description and the interviewer pauses; then says you can look at it, but you cannot take a copy home to review at a later time.
  • When one of the first questions the interviewer asks is, “How would you feel about learning how to XXXX?” which is a huge responsibility that is completely unrelated to the job for which you are interviewing.
  • When one of the questions you ask is, “What will be one of the biggest challenges with this position?” and the interviewer immediately talks about a responsibility that isn’t on your job description (see above). And, if you would have known about this major duty, you would not have applied for the position.
  • When they ask you the same question, three different ways. Note: One of my clients was asked three different ways about how she handles and deals with stress. It was fairly obvious that the job was a stressful one.
  • When you ask the question, “What do you like most about working at this company?” and there is a big pause.
  • When you ask why the former person left, and they give you a vague reason. Note: You could also ask, “How long was the former employee in the position?” and/or “How many people have held this position in the past 3 years?”
  • When your gut is just telling you, “This doesn’t feel right.”

Even if a job might seem perfect on paper, it’s always important to be aware of the red flags. They may be indicating your dream job might be a nightmare job.

Have any red flags appeared during any of your interviews? If so, I would love for you to share them.

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5 Important Reasons Your Resume Should be Up-to-Date

Writing BetterIf you’re like most individuals, you do not have an up-to-date resume; however, by not doing so, you may regret it. Here are five important reasons why you should update your resume sooner rather than later.

1. If you suddenly lost your job, you have a resume ready-to-go. Case in point: a family member (and his coworker) were laid off unexpectedly. This family member had an up-to-date resume, and that same day he started applying for positions. Within one week he had a job!

2. If you heard about a great job opportunity, but found out the deadline was only one day away, you would not panic and would not have to scramble to update your resume.

3. Updating your resume regularly (at least once a year) will allow you to better remember facts, accomplishments, trainings, etc. The longer a person waits, the greater the chances of forgetting something important; something that could actually set you apart from the competition. You don’t want to risk it.

4. With an updated resume, you will be documenting your career accomplishments on a yearly basis. These successes can be valuable tools in a performance review and could set the stage for a larger pay increase or possible future promotion.

5. Updating your resume will allow you to better assess and manage your career. Is your career headed in the direction you want? Are you still doing the same thing you did a year ago but want to eventually move up the ladder? What do you need to do to reach your career goal?

Even if you really like your job and have no plans of changing careers, you just never know. Things happen. Companies get bought out. Bosses and coworkers change. Having an up-to-date resume is good career management, and if something unexpected happens, you’ll be prepared.

Unemployed? How to Keep Up Your Motivation During a Long Winter

Thinking2 Wide Blog PostLet’s face it. This year winter seems like it will never end, and if you’re unemployed, it can be hard to keep up your motivation. So, here are some tips to get you through the doldrums of winter:

1. Take care of yourself: eat healthy, drink plenty of water, get a good night’s rest, etc. This is common sense, but these basic needs are the foundation of everything.

2. Exercise. Part of taking care of yourself is exercise. Even if you don’t like exercising, just take 10 minutes (three times a day) and incorporate some type of exercise (jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, whatever). Or, try other ways to exercise. For example, when you drive to a store, park at the end of the parking lot so you have further to walk. Go out to a mall and do some walking. There are many different ways to exercise, so, even if exercising is something you dislike doing, just integrate a little into each day. It will boost your mood and increase your motivation.

3. Stay scheduled. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. (Note: before you go to bed, create a to-do list for the next day. It will help keep you on track.) After you get up in the mornings, shower and get dressed as if you were going to work.

4.  Network. It’s important to have contact with people every day. Maybe email a former colleague, meet someone for coffee, or telephone someone. Do you know someone else unemployed? Be each others’ job search buddy. Talk once a week and discuss your goals, progress, or problems that may have arisen. Are you part of a local organization? If not, find someone who is and ask if you can tag along with them to their next meeting. Try find a job seeking group in your community and attend this.

5. Get out of the house. You can easily accomplish this each day if you exercise outside your home or if you attend a networking event or meet someone for coffee. But, if you exercise in the comforts of your home or if you network via phone or email, then it’s important you make an effort to get out. For example, go to a coffee shop where you can see other people, and conduct some of your job search activities there.

6.  Volunteer. Volunteering will not only get you out of the house, but by doing so, you will be helping others — which can be very rewarding. Volunteering is also a great way to network with others and maybe even learn new skills! (Don’t forget to add the new volunteer experiences to your resume!)

7. Learn something new. Take a free class online. Enroll in course through your community. Research a new topic on the Internet. Learn something new by watching a YouTube video.

8.  Do something you enjoy. Do you like movies? Do you like to read? Do you have a hobby? Whatever you enjoy doing, carve out some time each day to do what you like.

9. Subscribe to receive some daily emails on motivation, inspiration, etc. If you’re on Twitter, follow these types of Twitter feeds. Create a list of your favorite ones, and read them every day.  Also, no matter what situation you are in, there is always something to be thankful for. Everyday write down a few things that you are grateful for.

10. Celebrate achievements. The achievement can be big or small, and it doesn’t have to be job-search related. Maybe you just completed a project around the house or maybe you just landed an interview. Whatever the success, reward yourself with something. It can be as small as a piece of chocolate or it can be something bigger.

There are many different ways to overcome the dreary winter months, but hopefully some of these tips will help you stay motivated!

Ghosting a job. Are you guilty?

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In the past several months, I have read several articles about ghosting, where individuals blow off interviews or fail to show up the first day of work. In fact, when I surveyed hiring managers in the Fall of 2018, “not showing up” was one response when asked about interview pet peeves.

So why do people ghost? For some, they may not feel strongly enough about a position or perhaps they received a better job offer. Because they may have been treated poorly by companies in the past when they were interviewing (never heard back from them) or because they have an “I don’t care” attitude, they never contact the employer.

Whatever the reason, ghosting is unprofessional and reflects poorly on an individual. Further, a person never knows what lies in his/her future. Maybe someday he/she will cross paths with the person who they ghosted and that person has the memory of an elephant and didn’t forget.

Instead of ghosting, all a person has to do is send a brief email or call the human resources department. Depending on the situation, the message may be slightly different as to why they are withdrawing their application, but always thank them for the opportunity and wish them good luck in the selection process.

Wait! Before You Resign, Read These Tips

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People change jobs for various reasons. Some want new challenges or want to move up the ladder, while others want to downsize their careers. Of course there are others who want to switch jobs because of a boss they don’t like, poor company culture, or maybe added responsibilities but no pay increase. Whatever the reason(s), here are some important tips to remember:

  1. Always give at least a two-week notice. Even if your new company wants you to start as soon as possible, they will understand and would expect the same from their employees. Further, in the eyes of your new employer, leaving immediately may reflect poorly on your character.
  2. Your resignation letter should show respect and professionalism. Even if you’re leaving under some “not-so-good” terms, don’t burn any bridges. It’s a small world.
  3. Ask for a letter of recommendation (or LinkedIn recommendation) from your supervisor and/or colleagues. Recommendations can be important tools in future job searches.
  4. Prior to submitting your resignation, be sure you have copies or forward any congratulatory emails, thank yous, etc., that showcase your skills and accomplishments. The reason for obtaining these prior to your resignation, is that in some industries, it is not uncommon to ask the individual to resign to leave immediately.
  5. Remain in contact with past supervisors and/or coworkers. These individuals know first-hand your skills and talents and keeping in touch may lead to new opportunities. In addition, if you ever find yourself suddenly without a job, you have an immediate network to draw upon and will not have to reestablish a relationship.

Many people don’t think twice about typing up their resignation, but utilizing these tips is an important part about good career management.

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A Career Management Mistake Many People Make

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Throughout the years as I’ve worked with job seekers and career changers, I have found there is one career management mistake many people make: Not having an updated resume. Now you might ask, “Why is this a career management mistake, if I’m not looking for another job and have no plans of leaving?”

Career management is being forward thinking. While you might plan on staying in your current position for a long time (or forever), here are some important reasons to always have an updated resume:

1.  A sudden opportunity.  Sometimes the best time to look for a new job is when you’re not looking. I cannot tell you how many times I have received calls from individuals who needed a resume “right away” for a great job opportunity they just heard about, but the deadline was only a few days away.

2.  It’s easier to recall important facts.  If you update your resume once or twice a year, it is much easier to remember accomplishments (a large project, an a way you saved the company money, increased sales numbers, a large problem you resolved, a training you attended, etc.). Side Note: when you attend trainings, seminars, etc., always save your certificates. They serve as documentation that you attended the event.

3.  You may suddenly lose your job. Let’s face it. Things happen. Not long ago a family member went into work on a Wednesday and within a few hours, he and another employee had been laid off. It was a surprise and even their boss didn’t know about it. The decision was made by the upper management to let the two newest employees go in an effort to save money. Fortunately, I updated a resume for my family member about six months earlier, and the same day as the layoff, he had applied for several jobs. Within two days, he had a job offer!

4. You may experience the effects of a downsize.  Throughout the years I have worked with individuals who were notlaid off, but the result of other people losing their jobs highly impacted their workload. The stress of managing all of their new responsibilities, plus the uncertainty of their own job security, prompted them to start looking for employment elsewhere.

5.  Your company could be bought out.  In many cases when there are mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, etc., there will be some positions that will be eliminated. While the elimination of these positions may not happen right away, it is not uncommon for some changes to take place after 6 months.

6.  Your company could go out of business.  Companies go out of business for many reasons: the economy, changes in the industry, technology taking over, fires, etc.

7.  You could get a different boss. Unfortunately, there are some bosses out there who make your work life miserable. While you might have the best boss in the world right now, this could change.

8.  You could get different coworkers. It’s not always bosses that can make your work miserable. I’ve worked with people who have decided to look for a different job because of coworkers.

9.  If you’re self-employed, one day you might not be.  Even if you are currently working for yourself, you might not always be. During the sluggish economy some years back, I worked with several self-employed individuals whose businesses were impacted. The result? They decided to work for somebody else. Another time, one of my clients, who had been self-employed for 25+ years, decided he was tired of the self-employment world. He wanted to just go to work for somebody else, and not have to worry about everything that goes into running business.

10.  Life happens.  A few years back, a client of mine, who was self-employed, lost her husband due to cancer. She needed more income (and health insurance), so she decided it was time to update her resume and look for employment with a company.  Divorce also happens, and a stay-at-home parent may now need dust off his/her resume and find outside employment.

Career management is important. It essential to your overall career success. While it may be hard to think about updating your resume when there is no current need, it’s important to be prepared, because you just never know.

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