Review Your Current Job

SC&C Evaluating your current jobIf you have been paying attention you have probably already noticed that the advertising for human resource personnel (HR) has picked up significantly. What does this mean? It means the economy has finally come to the conclusion that we’ve got this “economic downturn” on the run; things are going to get better!

When there are layoffs, HR staff are the last ones to go. Management doesn’t want to handle layoffs personally; it makes them feel too guilty. HR gets to hand out all the bad news and management only has to let the HR people go. There is much less hand-wringing and angst for the executives.

When the opposite is true, the first people to be hired are human resources, because they handle all the advertising, interviewing, categorizing, and weeding. That’s only common sense: get all your people-handling personnel in place before you get more people.

Companies Are Hiring and Expanding

Since 2008 you’ve been working really hard to keep your job. If you lost it, there was a very good chance that you would be unemployed for months. Practically nobody was hiring; if they were, they were offering very low wages because it was a buyer’s market.

Now suddenly employers are hiring again. They’re expanding and looking to take on new challenges. They’re opening new offices; they’re creating new departments; they’re expanding into territory they’ve never considered before. Their optimism about the economy is your Golden Ticket.

What about Loyalty?

If you like your company, if they handled themselves well during the last seven years, if you have faith in them and their CEO’s choice of direction for the company, then stay. If you have got something in writing that says they’re going to reward you for your loyalty and hard work during this difficult economic time, then by all means take advantage of it.

However, what about loyalty? If you’ve lived through wage cuts, salary reductions, benefit withdrawals, and no cost of living increases since 2008, and your employer is acting reluctant to restore these things, there are plenty of companies that want you. The smarter ones know that talented people are going to be in demand, that people are going to have multiple offers, that they are going to have to wheedle, cajole, and convince people to join their staff as more companies are hiring and expanding.

Don’t Burn Your Bridges

SC&C don't burn your bridgesI don’t regret burning my bridges. I regret that some people weren’t on those bridges when I burnt them. — Author unknown

If you do decide to move on, don’t (!) burn your bridges. Give your current employer notice when you have a job lined up and offer to help them train your replacement. A moment’s glee in delineating your boss’s suspected parentage is hardly worth alienating everyone at that company. You may meet them in other roles in the future, so make it a point to leave them with a good opinion of you.

Start Your Job Search Now

If you’re of a mind to move, get a jump on it and start your job search now. If you’ve got the talent for it, and want to be in charge of a new division that someone might be implementing, get to the head of the line. It’s a first-come, first-served world out there, so stay on top of the news, business or otherwise, that might give you clues about where expansion may be taking place.

Update Your LinkedIn Profile

Take some time and freshen up your LinkedIn profile, too. Employers, especially HR staff and hiring managers, looking for new people often skip the advertising step nowadays. We know the headhunters are constantly combing through LinkedIn looking for potential candidates that they can entice. So make sure your profile emphasizes the characteristics, skills, and abilities that reflect the sort of job you want, or the type of offer that you would like to receive.

Conclusion

The ball is in your court now. Employers have enjoyed the advantage for the last seven years, but now it’s your turn. Only the most dull-witted boss would fail to realize that the tide has turned. If you can’t negotiate to get all your benefits back, to get your cost of living taken care of, to secure that long overdue raise, promotion, or corner office, it’s probably time to move on.

Tom Kraus reminds us, “If you want respect, be respectful. We should not expect from others what we fail to give to them.”

I think I’ve shown time and again that I am reliable, dependable, and worthy of respect. If that describes you, yet somehow your boss is still treating you like Rodney Dangerfield, now is a great time get your job search in high gear and find the job that fits you.

Stewart, Cooper & Coon, has helped thousands of decision makers and senior executives during their job searches. Their clients have moved up in their careers and achieved significantly improved financial packages within short time frames. Contact Fred Coon – 866-883-4200, Ext. 200, to learn how SC&C and their team of professionals can help you, and connect with SC&C on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/stewart-cooper-&-coon.