You Know Its Time to Look When . . ..mp3
[00:00:00] As someone who has been recruiting for a long time I've spoken to millions of people over the course of probably evaluated hundreds of thousands of people of course in my career. When all is said and done, was I a very successful recruiter in my career.
[00:00:20] And 1 the things I find fascinating are the reasons why people decide it's time to change. And I think it really comes narrowed down into a couple of different classifications. If you resonate with any of these, I think it's smart of you to be listening to the show because, at the end of the day, there's something going on for that are paying attention to and you can repress it you can pretend it's not going on but you're listening to a podcast about job search and you're not out there looking. So why is that? Because there is something going on that's rumbling around in you that basically saying, "Hey! Wake up! Something is not right.
[00:01:12] let me just talk about some of the of reasons why people tell me about why they are out there looking. The first one is very they're hearing stuff out there about their firm in the trade press, in the in the news, in blogs and it doesn't smell so good. Earnings will be down; the firm is start to slow down its its staffing. Business has gotten slower. The niche that the firm is in is not doing particularly well, and you know, you can ignore that You certainly can. But at in the end of the day, you are smart not to ignore it.
[00:01:46] Because whether you were marketing, IT, operations or whatever working the function that you're in, waking up to the fact that your business, the firm that you are working with is suffering is not doing well, if you remain there the fact that it's suffering is going to impact you Your raises will become nonexistent. Your bonuses More power is non-existent. The advancement opportunities exist non-existent. And will survive or they are in survival mode.
[00:02:19] They are fighting to regain market share. However it is presented, at the end of the day, that's going to affect you. And I have heard countless stories from people over the course of years where they stayed too long. let's say, a firm went out of business. They were with a startup or an established business and they then waited there too long until the very end. It became hard for them to find work.
[00:02:46] There are many reasons for that but you are waking up to the fact that the firm is not doing particularly well is a smart reason for starting to explore other opportunities.
[00:02:58] Another reason is you feel targeted around the office. You start to feel like no one appreciates what we do. You know I've worked at firms before where I've been a high producer and management just doesn't give a shit (excuse my language, please).
[00:03:16] It just doesn't give a shit. You are just there to generate revenue and just do your job. And it's not only you every day someone has to walk over and go, "Hey! That's fabulous," and give you a big thumbs up for the viewers on our video. So you know it's not like people need to be told every single day that they do a great job, particularly if they aren't. When in management catches you doing something right, they ought to acknowledge that. People feel better about their work circumstances if they are happy and they feel miserable if they're ignored. If you're feeling under-appreciated or taken for granted, it's time to pick up and start exploring other places.
[00:04:14] If you notice on your side of this you're just do it for the money, well, you know after a while of doing it for the money what starts to happen is you start to underperform because resentment starts to build that and that resentment building you in. . . You start to get angry and there's no reason to be angry at work. I'm going to tell you that one more time just to make sure you hear it there is no reason for you to end up angry at work because that sort of frustration (frustration is anger directed at yourself or lashing outwards) is a signal.
[00:05:01] You are basically hired to achieve. And, at the end of the day, if you're just doing the job for money and it's gotten monotonous, it's time to pick up stakes.
[00:05:15] Here's another one. A lot of organizations . . . I'll simply say that I've been writing about this on LinkedIn for for a couple of weeks . . . it's the desire for people to get compressed into a middle. Firms almost don't want to hire high achievers. They don't hire people who rock the boat and make them think. As such, if your ideas are being ignored because, frankly, you are a such and such level 16 and you are not paid to think, if what they're really looking for is that execute tasks rather than to think and execute tasks if they don't encourage people to excel and you're just basically another person putting screws on the door.
[00:06:11] Here's an automobile example. If you're just another individual who is tightening the bolts on an assembly line, if that's how it feels to you, it's time to pick up stakes and consider something else.
[00:06:23] Here's another one. You know, that person who just WOW'd you when you interviewed, that manager who inspired you and thought and told you all sorts of wonderful things, is now that person that you loathe and hate and can't stand sitting in their office talking to them. If you can't stand one more meeting with this person because you just found them to be a contemptible swine, that they have lied to you over the course of time, if you just can't believe anything they tell you, it's time to go.
[00:07:02] You know I know I've been attracted to organizations where the leadership has seemed spectacular at the time I've interviewed. But, at the end of the day, they are just nasty SOBs. You have to put up with that. It's time to go.
[00:07:20] Here's another one. You've been doing this same thing for years. There's nothing new for you to learn at that company. Iam going to tell you it's time to go.
[00:07:33] You know, if you know there is no one you can learn from, if they're not going to send you for training. If there is nothing that you're going to do that is going to be more than stagnating in the same function for the next 30 years of your life without a thank you, without an "atta boy" or an "atta girl:" with only being caught doing something wrong and people basically telling you you screwed up, if you're only there covering your butt all the time (that's CYA. You know what that is, right.
[00:08:09] If you are playing CYA games all year long and not learning anything new and you look ahead and the only thing you'll be asked to do is the same thing you've been doing for the last two years. It's time to go because at the end of the day, really when you think about it, life is too short. A lifetime is not a long time. Although we like to think of ourselves as being high performers / high achievers, sometimes when we're not being seen for who we are or what we do whatever you want to underperform because we're frustrated. We become tired.
What engages us in doing the same task repetitively I use the example of working on an assembly line and screwing the bolt. I respect these guys something fierce because they, whether they're men or women, are out there doing something to take care of their families that you and I might find monotonous. But they do it. they understand the importance of what they do. They put gusto into it.
For you as an individual working for a firm, unless you are learning, unless you are developing, unless you are involved with new things, I think the same thing will happen to you. It's going to become monotonous and you will underperform.
[00:09:38] Who wants that? Better to be proactive and take action tha to sit there doing the same job again and again and, especially if you're someone who rocks the boat, and you are asked to conform to that narrow band of function., who needs it? So, at the end of the day, I'm just going to tell you pick up stakes and start exploring things.