My father’s generation valued job loyalty. It wasn’t unusual at all for employees – especially of large corporations – to spend their entire working life at one company. But today, that notion has been turned on it’s head. In fact, some research indicates a typical employee will work at as many as 15-20 different organizations in their career. In that world, it’s important to know when it’s time to leave – hopefully before you’re asked. If you’ve started staring out the windows in the afternoons, here’s a few indicators that it might be time to leave your job:
We all have one. “I don’t have enough funding.” Or “I’m not good enough.” Or “My spouse doesn’t support me.” Or “I don’t have enough time.” There are millions of excuses that keep us from accomplishing that one big thing we’re destined to do with our lives. My excuse is that I
It’s easy to sound insensitive when offering ideas to job seekers. But frankly, things are desperate out there and people need real help. Regardless of your politics, this administration has shown remarkably poor leadership when it comes to reviving the economy or inspiring business leaders, and now as Obamacare rolls out, it’s damage to our wallets and future employment is looking
I had an interesting discussion with a friend recently who feels like his One Big Thing is to be a writer. The problem is, he’s not making much (if any) money at it, but he wants to dedicate full time to the pursuit. Granted, he’s working hard at it, but his wife is getting understandably frustrated because she’s carrying the load of a full-time job and raising the kids while he pursues his dream of being a professional writer. How about you? Have you been in a similar situation? In my book One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do, I outline a much deeper strategy for making the transition to getting paid for your dream job, but in the meantime, let me give you a couple of options to start:
Today, for too many job hunters are leaving out one of the most essential skills for a successful career: creativity. As a result, talk to a typical job hunter, and chances are, they’re doing the same things as everyone else: getting the right degree, attending job fairs, networking events, and scouring the Internet. But if you’re doing the same exact thing as everyone else, that simply means
One of the most accomplished, successful, and in-demand industrial designers, Philippe Starck talked about his activities recently. His attitude may influence you on how you view your “work” versus your “job:”
It would be an understatement to say that the economy has been in terrible shape the last number of years. Statistically, it would be worse, except for the millions who have simply given up and walked away from full time employment. I have close friends who are brilliant, but haven’t worked in more than two years. I happen to live and work in Hollywood – an economy built on “freelance” talent. But even there, those who haven’t had a job in years are perceived as unemployable. What’s the answer?
The highest levels of performance in sports, the workplace, school, or the nonprofit world, never happen without trade-offs and sacrifice. The extra hour an Olympic athletic spends training is an hour less he or she can spend with their family. The extra effort it takes to win that major client project means chipping away at your personal life. For most people, the illusive idea of work/life balance is an illusive ideal, because in reality, it’s one of the most difficult goals you can achieve. That’s why I moved from
If you’re a frustrated job hunter – or know someone who is – then forward this column I wrote recently for Fox News. It’s titled: Stop Looking for a Job and Start Looking for Your One Big Thing. From the response it’s getting, it’s changing a lot of people’s thinking about how to position themselves for the next stage in their career.
One of the most difficult challenges I face with clients is managing their expectations. It happens in a million ways. Sometimes they don’t have all the information, other times their past experience colors the relationship, or they simply don’t have the experience to evaluate success. Whatever the cause, it’s up to you to manage the outcome. Why?