Why a year? Well, I stopped once I found a new employer in June of last year. Basically, I wanted to really focus on all that I had to learn with my new company. Now that the dust has settled, figured I’d jump back into the blog, if only briefly (we’ll see).
Why a new employer? I got laid off from my job about a year ago. Once past the initial shock, I was actually excited (read more).
So what did I learn through it all?
- Job searches suck (duh)- even for an HR guy who considers himself well connected and not afraid to network with people. Although I was confident it would work out fine based on my experience, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t concerned with the lack of response to my applications, phone calls and emails. It’s not easy for anyone.
- Figuring out what I really wanted in my next job was critical. It paid off.
- I had settled for “good enough” in my old job. Because so many things were good, I looked past the things that weren’t.
- I’m better off than I was. I had a good job, great boss and coworkers and flexibility. It’s even better now because my responsibilities are aligned with what I most enjoy. Call me lucky, but I spent a lot of time thinking, reading and planning.
Moral of the story. Take the time to understand what really drives you. Don’t settle for good enough. Barring being let go, you can always stay where you are, but don’t be afraid to test the waters. If your employer isn’t satisfying your needs, you have work to do. Get better where you are and earn a different opportunity or set yourself up to move on. You’re not doing yourself or your employer any favors if you aren’t all in.
I know some people wish they could enjoy any aspect of their job, much less a whole list of things. If that’s you, all the more reason to get busy. Like anything worthwhile, it comes with a price. Get to it!
Question: What scares you about the possibility of changing jobs?
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