Job Searching Tips

In this day and age, turnover rates for jobs are just about as high as they have ever been in history.  There have been a lot of different touted potential reasons for this, but much of the fact of the matter remains that people are simply just searching for jobs more often than they used to.  In this day and age, the average turnaround rate for most jobs is about two years, with fewer and fewer millennials getting into career positions where they stay at the same company for more than a year or two.  There are lots of reasons why this might be occurring:

  • My personal opinion is that we are in a big change as far as business and work in our country goes. In my youth, people generally speaking got educated in one field, got a job in it, and stayed working in that one field and usually at that one job for at least five to ten years; sometimes for their entire lives.  Now, however, this has seemingly changed quite a bit.  Nowadays, the economy and the marketplace for business and work is in such flux that changes are occurring much more quickly and more frequently too.
  • Another cause for this is that there are a lot more options with careers and jobs to choose from than there was two or three decades ago. As far as careers go, the sky is the limit and there are literally thousands of different career paths that one can follow.  This has also created more change and fluctuation in the marketplace.
  • The new generation that is coming of age now, (millennials), have the most doubt about which jobs to have than any generation before them, hence the high turnover rate. Also factor in the fact that more and more college grads are not getting jobs in fields that they majored in and you have a situation where the workplace and marketplace are very tangled and different and sometimes quite confusing.

Jobs

Jobs.  Jobs.  Jobs.  It all comes down to that good old-fashioned job search.  The challenge of today is to try to find a job that is interesting and rewarding enough to a person to actually cause them to want to stay on at that location and continue to work there indefinitely.  That is what is causing people to have the most difficulty in this day and age.  However, public opinion dictates that if people could simply get better at actually finding a job, then this would not be such a big issue or difficult thing.

My job search tips are:

  1. Know what you want. People settle when looking for a job way too often.  “It’s just a job.”  “It’s just temporary until I find something better.”  These are the talks of the times.  But then you say that and wake up three years later still working at a job that you don’t like.  Or you find yourself turning in two-week notices as regularly as paying your electric bill.  Just take your time in your search, really go in depth with your search, and grant yourself the ability and the skill to actually branch out and find a great job that will really be to your liking.
  1. Use tools to find jobs. I am a huge proponent for job search engines and using all of the tools available to you.  With job searches, it’s all about quantity.  The more prospective jobs that you look at, the more likely you are to find something that truly excites you and that you truly like a lot.
  1. Go to LOTS of interviews.  Quantity.  The more interviews you go to and the more prospects you look into the better the chance is that you will find something truly special and workable for you.

At the end of the day, you just have to put the work in, and you will find the job of your dreams.

What to Consider Before Going into Business with a Friend

A lot of times, people have great business ideas with their friends or family members.  A lot of times, people end up going into business with their friends, with their family members, or with their spouses or loved ones.  Sometimes parents even go into business with their kids. Studies show actually that most American small businesses that are co-founded are brought about by people who knew each other on some level prior to deciding to engage in business together.

Starting a business with your best friend can sound like a lot of fun, and it often is.  However, just like with anything else out there, there are some pros and cons that need to be considered before one embarks on this kind of venture and game.  There are a lot of great things about starting a business with your best friend, but there are some negative possibilities that need to be considered too before one dives totally head first into the endeavor.

Things to Keep in Mind When Considering Business with a Friend

Listed below are five things to consider when getting ready to take the leap into a business with your friend:

  1. Do you trust them?  Not only is trust probably the single greatest factor in business, but it is also the most important factor in really all of your life too.  Trust is the single most important factor when you are getting ready to embark upon a business venture with your friend, so be sure that trust is completely there for you and your friend.
  2. Is your friend committed to the brand?  This is also important.  You can have a friend who is a brilliant person, but if they are not totally devoted to the brand and to all that it stands for, then both you and your partner and the business will struggle as a result of it.
  3. Does your friend have skills or experience that you don’t?  This is another important one.  If you are going to be going into a business plan on a fifty-fifty basis with your friend, then you better hope that they can bring something to the table that you can’t bring, and vice versa.
  4. Are they stable in life financially?  This is key, to say the least. Your friend does not have to be wealthy, but they do need to be financially well set up.  When starting a business, personal finances become so immensely involved in the matter that people tend to suffer if one or more business partners is having financial troubles and difficulties of significant proportions.
  5. It doesn’t hurt to do a beta test of how the business would go before you even start the business itself.  In doing this, one will essentially show you what you are working with and what would happen in real life with that friend.  You need to know if your friend is a person of action or if they need instruction all the time or a combination of the two.  Are they an ‘in-charge’ kind of person who always needs to be the leader and the boss? Can they follow your lead sometimes or not?

Starting a business with a friend more often than not is a great thing and is quite rewarding.  However, it can be harmful sometimes when people do not consider the factors necessary to really look into the idea before embarking upon it.  Now more than ever it’s important for friends to consider the above points before they jump into something, lest they end up making a decision that is very dangerous and negative for them.

4 Signs It’s Time to Leave Your Job

Leaving a job is rarely a fun or rewarding thing to do.  Leaving a job by choice may be better than getting fired is, but it’s still not a pleasant or enjoyable experience.  A lot of people wonder about when they should or when they shouldn’t leave their job.  Obviously, leaving the job is sort of like that one thing that once you do it, it’s done and there’s no going back from it.  It is the final movement, the final effort that gets a person out of the environment.  But the thing is, it gets them out of that environment for good and there’s no going back after that point.  This is why one should be absolutely sure it is the right thing to do.

Please take care not to take a singular, rough day, or even a rough week as a reason to leave a job.  These excuses are never good enough.  These are not valid reasons to leave the job.  These are rarely valid reasons to hang it up and call it quits.  They just aren’t.  The key is, hard times at a job pass, but if you quit the job, you’ve lost that job permanently and that’s just it.  Try to really analyze your position and condition with that job.  Make a diligent and considered effort to fix things and to correct things before you leave that job.

Often times, as employees we get frustrated or irked about some aspect of the facet of our jobs.  We get annoyed, peeved, or basically just frustrated that things are so difficult.  The problem is, though, we almost always blow it out of proportion.  We almost always take things way too seriously and take them to the next level of concern and worry.  This is so unnecessary.  Often, though, this just happens whether we like it or not and we get the idea that we just need to go, go, go and not look back.

Signs That it Truly is Time to Go

There are a few situations that one might face which really do show that it’s time to hang it up and call it quits.  Listed below are four signs that maybe you really do need to be considering other options and looking into a change of pace:

  1. Your entire life is the status quo.  If you’ve been living the same life at your place of employment, the same status, the same position, the same day to day job, the same responsibilities, the same everything and you’ve tried to change and advance and do something about it with no luck, then it’s probably time to make a change.  This is how you know that it is time to advance and move forward and do something a little bit differently.
  2. If you’re not getting any feedback on what you could be doing better and what you shouldn’t be doing at all, then it might be time to go.  Be cautious in this area, but be honest with yourself.  If you’ve truly made efforts to get feedback from your supervisors and they just haven’t given you anything to go off of, then it’s time to reconsider and perhaps move forward into an entirely different realm.
  3. Other companies want you to come work for them.  If you are unsatisfied with your current job and other companies want you and there seem to be better options out there than your current job, then it may be time to honestly pursue other options.  Take care to explore those options thoroughly first, though, and then proceed.
  4. Do you always feel like there’s constant restructuring and moving around within the internal organization of the business you’re working for?  Are you getting moved around constantly with no increases in pay and not enough training before you are carted off to another department?  This shows a lack of organization within a business and is a good sign to explore other options.

It’s rarely a good idea to just up and quit a business that you’ve been working for.  Rarely.  However, when you consider the above, these might be good reasons to do just that.