YOUR CURRENT JOB: IS IT WORTH KEEPING?
You have a job, and believe it or not a choice. Everyday you choose to
go to that job as opposed to looking for another.
There are many factors keeping you there, but there are many factors
that should be reviewed. Change is hard, especially if you are
comfortable in your current position.
Sounds like you are comparing two offers? In a sense yes - your
current employer is offering to pay you for coming to work, so you
should review other offers on occasion.
compensation - can you get better benefits and salary or
hourly rate at another job? This does not mean you have to leave the
company, there may be better positions within your current company. As
of the late 1990's (Y2K compliance check), raises to people staying in
their current position at the same company have been within a
percentage point or two of the rate of inflation. To better your
standard of living, you will most likely have to change your job
company or both. One advantage of transferring within the company is
that you usually you keep your seniority and the associated benefits.
When changing jobs, the first year in the "new" company is long, as
very few companies allow new employees to take vacation.
you going anywhere in your career field or are you stagnating?
many positions that employ some type of technology, your job should be
changing, even at a slow rate. You should not feel like a machine going
through the same motions for any long length of time. For example, a
programmer may spend a lot of time supporting an older version of a
product, but some time should be spent on learning the technologies
that make up the newer products. As the customer base upgrades to the
newer product, the support technician should follow the clients' lead
your job changed for the worse? Extra tasks without the extra
pay? New boss or coworkers?
You may have bought this book because you may be uncomfortable in
your current employment situation. Nothing like some "friendly" advice
from the boss to make anyone feel uncomfortable. If you've done
something wrong, weather you know it or not, the advice is just that.
It's your boss's way of saving his and your butts without taking any
disciplinary action. Such phrases like "If I were you I would
(not)...", "I heard rumors about someone who..." or "You know what
really irks..." usually indicate a boss that either is willing to
overlook something if it's corrected soon or is willing to give you
some general knowledge without giving any incriminating information.
Other forms of advice should make you feel uncomfortable. Such quotes
as "As a family man...", "As sole bread winner..." or the "If I were
you I'd know enough (not) to..." are usually the beginnings of a threat
or some other way of talking down to you. Such "advice" is usually a
form or cohesion as to do something for someone who does not want to do
Yes I abused pronouns intentionally because very few bosses are ever
going to actually ask someone to do anything against company policy or
directly ask anyone to look the other way. No manager would ever
threaten an employee, but an employee may take "advice" or
"suggestions" the wrong way.
Coworkers and customers play a part in the workday. Customers are what
keep the company alive.
Only the government can piss people off and
survive. (How many people have you seen happy about an IRS audit?)
Coworkers can not do their job at all leaving someone else to do it,
carry just their own weight or help others as well. The worst situation
to be in (an usually the one of the lowest paid) is to be working
directly with the customers with a lousy set of coworkers.
place for this is in a retail store. You are physically surrounded by
customers who can spot you because of your uniform. There is no where
to hide from the customers, and there is no one else around to help.
When doing someone a favor, be careful as "today's favor
expectation." Weather it's something your boss asks you to do,
or as a
team player, you do to help out a fellow coworker, be careful that the
task does not make it's way to your list. The easiest way to cover
yourself is to make the other person ask each time for your help before
you start any task that is not your responsibility. If you are in the
spirit of volunteering, always ask the person before you do any of
their tasks. By having to answer you, that person is now a position
where they have to recognize the fact that you are performing one of
their tasks. By asking, you also cover yourself in the event you make a
mistake, as that person is responsible for the successful completion of
that task. If the person says no, then don't do it -- if something goes
wrong it'll be all your problem..
Life changes will change your priorities; what you need from
May put higher pay as your number one
- birth of a child
- purchase of a large
ticket item such as a house
you looking for a job much closer to home.
- A spouse becoming ill
- birth of a child
- your health
Your in laws moving in with
you may send looking for a job that requires travel keeping you
road (away from home) for days, week and maybe months at a time.
Your Career Field
Also changes in your career field may prompt you to
reconsider your current position. For example, one will not find too
many (if any) help wanted ads anywhere for a Web Master in any
publication dated before 1992. The same holds true for a PC (personal
computer) programmer and the 1970's. What does the future hold? Change
- that's all I can tell knowledgeably tell you.
Changes in your personal knowledge may also open new
doors for you. Just for fun you decided to learn HTML, though you have
never written a computer program, you may have made new options for
yourself. If you are in advertising, public relations or any other type
of customer contact position new opportunities may await you in your
current position. Instead of answering a phone all day, you may be
asked to put FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) on the company's web
site. Other companies may want your combined skills instead of watching
a programmer and an advertising executive argue about what can be done
with a Web page.
Your interests may have changed as well. As a career in
insurance may become way too boring or political, you may look to go
into a completely different industry. You may also still like
insurance, but may want to apply your skills in a different manner. For
example, instead of selling insurance, look for a big company which
needs an insurance manager or benefits coordinator; someone to buy or
manage insurance for the company.
If your enthusiasm for the job is
fading, take heart, you do have options.
In short, reconsider going to
your current job from time to time just like you'd consider accepting
or rejecting the position when receiving the company's offer. Of course
you will have a better picture than when you were first offered the
position. Remember, unless you are in the military, in prison or doing
something illegal, no one is putting a gun to your head forcing you to
go to work. If you are in the habit of eating, you feel compelled to go
to work, but take the time to see if the money is greener elsewhere. If
you are careful (nobody at the current job finds out), the worst that
may happen is that you find out that your current position is really
not all that bad.
- Change your job description
by adding interesting items, delegating boring ones to others
positions with in the company
- Get a similar position in another
- Change jobs and companies
- Apply your skills differently -
for example go from selling to buying.
- Start your own business (buy
someone else's book - I do not want to get into that)
- Spend $1 to $5
per week on lottery tickets and dream.