The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
"The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it." – Unknown Source
When I was 9 or 10 years old, I was riding in the car with my father (a rather modest car to say the least). I remember looking out the window and seeing an amazing sports car and saying "I wish I was that man with his fancy car" and my father said "If you want to be that man, you would have to take all of that man's problems as well as his fancy car".
How often do we think that the grass is greener on the other side of the street, that someone else's job is better than ours? Too often I would say. And, like my little story, we often do this without knowing all of the facts (like maybe the grass is greener because its AstroTurf).
So what does this have to do with job search?
Before you decide that some other job is better than yours or some other company would be better than the company you are in, you have to do your homework.
So today's post is split into two parts: evaluating your situation and researching the companies where you would like to work.
Is it Time to Leave Your Job?:
- "How do I know when it is time to leave my job?" - This is a very interesting article posted on Quintcareers.com which might help you figure out if it's time to move on or stay where you are. The article provides some interesting insight as well as some examples. If that is not enough for you, take a look at the links at the bottom of the article which provide additional information on this topic.
- 10 Signs It’s Time For a New Job - This list of 10 signs (which actually includes 12) is posted on Cashmoneylife.com. The article includes some basic stuff (like "is your commute reasonable") as well as some that you might not have though of (like "is your voice heard"). If you are wondering if it is time to look for a job, take a look at this article first. There are some great related links at the bottom of the article, take a look at these as well.
- 8 Signs That It's Time to Look for a New Job - Another 8 signs (so now we are up to 20). But there is no such thing as too much information when the topic is this serious. Posted on Dumblittleman.com, this article provides another perspective on the topic and is worth a read. Yes, there is some overlap but there are also different views.
Make the Best of it:
Maybe you don't want to leave your job. What do you need to do to get it to work?
- How to Make Your Current Job Work - About.com posted this article, which provides a view from the other side of the coin - making your current job work. The article covers a few topics that will help you make your current job work, such as understanding why you may be unhappy. There are also related links at the bottom of the article.
- Unhappy at Work? Ask Yourself These 7 Questions - One more on this topic, this one provided by Careerbuilder.com. This article helps you to dissect both the reasons you are unhappy as well as what makes you happy. Definitely worth a read to round out this topic and help you evaluate your situation.
Good luck in your search.
Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.
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