You Need to Change Jobs to Get Ahead (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains why it’s critical for you to make strategic job changes periodically to get ahead.

Summary

I want to talk with you about the fact that you really need to change jobs from time to time. The system is set up to keep you in a tough position financially.

Think about it. If you stay in one organization, most people are going to get very modest salary increases. When you're the junior level, they may give you $5000 or $10,000. That may sound like a big percentage when you are making $50,000. They may say it is a 10% or 20% increase... But think about it. Archer costs going up even more? Isn't the government taking more in taxes? You are basically standing still.

When you become more experienced in the percentage increase comes down a lot (many individuals are getting 2%, 3% or 4% increases), even at that $50,000 level, haven't you noticed your insurance premiums have increased? Haven't you noticed that everything your bind cost a lot more than it used to? Movie tickets are going up?

Financially, the system is really set up to force you to change jobs. If you are getting that 3%, 4% or 5% raise, how do you get ahead financially?

Here's some simple math. If you change jobs as a $50,000 your person, and you change jobs for another $5000, if you didn't change jobs again, over the next 5 years receive the same modest increase of 3% or 4%, you probably be ahead by about $27,000 pretax. By changing jobs one time and staying there for 5 years, this is where you would pay.

If you change jobs one time and 3 years into your tenure with this 1 firm, you change jobs again, you would be $35,000 ahead pretax even though in the way that I've explained this you did not get a raise during that five-year period of time. I'm not saying that $5000 Is is a big increase. Obviously, it isn't.

But let's look at $10,000 or $15,000 increases and see what happens. If you get a $10,000 raise for changing jobs and stay there for 5 years, you would be about $53,000 ahead Given that modest 3% or 4% increase. If you changed jobs a 2nd time, you be about $74,000 or $75,000 ahead. How can you stay still at your current organization within give you a 3% decrease when they are just telling you that you are doing great work? That handshake they give you is not going to pay your bills when they start increasing!

My advice to you is to be smart.. Do what organizations do when they start establishing a budget. When things get tough, they do what's right for the stockholders and for the Board of Directors and they cut jobs, right? They look out for the business interests and, if that involves you, tough luck. You have to look out for the Board of Directors for your organization. "Atta boys," and, "Atta girls,"

"You're doing a great job. We're going to give you a promotion. You're doing great work."

I've got to tell you that other firms will have you do great work, too. AND you will make a lot more money.

My advice to you is to be smart and start looking for something else from time to time and if you just want to keep your profile up to date on LinkedIn and attract recruiters to it, think of it like a resume with keywords.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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what are you tolerating?

What Are You Tolerating? (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to take notes of the things you tolerate at work so that when your current firm makes a counteroffer you can decide whether it is worthwhile to accept.

Summary

I was doing a coaching call yesterday with someone and we got to a point in our conversation where he said something wonderful. What he said (and I think it is very relevant for you as a job hunter), he asked himself the question, "What am I tolerating?" I asked the question of you-- What are you tolerating? What are you putting up with, what was he putting up with, what was he putting up with in his current job that he knew he didn't like, but you just grown so numb to it where he grew to tolerate the condition?

For you as a job hunter, particularly when you get to the counteroffer phase or the resignation phase, which may lead to the counteroffer, it is important for you to be conscious of the things that you are putting up with work that just really don't serve you. That's because when you get to the point when you resign and your employer says, "What is it going to take? What is it going to take to keep you," and they start selling you about the money, is not just the money that is been driving you out the door. It is the things that you been putting up with for the longest time there really forcing you to look at other choices.

So, again, write down the things that you are tolerating, the things that you're putting up with that you really don't care for were there making you emotionally numb rather than conscious and passionate and loving everything about your work.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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Considering a Job Change? These Are Your Choices | Job Search Radio

EP 260 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses your basic choices when you are thinking of changing jobs.

Summary

Let's start by Working with the assumption that you're trying to figure out what to do next. Your ideas are being passed over. Your career is stalled. Whatever the reason is. Here are your basic choices:

1. If you're being passed over because you have a skill deficiency or knowledge deficiency, remedy it.Go take the training and get the experience outside of your current environment.. Take the courses even if you have to pay for them to satisfy that problem. If you deficiencies or that you don't have to sell your ideas so that you're getting passed over, you have to develop sales skills so that you work persuasively to get your ideas across. So again the 1st point is remedy the skills deficiency.

2. Get the hell out of there. Find an organization that will value for where you are. Maybe then They won't leapfrog you to the senior position you want to have right now but you are going to arrive with a halo and you can do things fresh with the next organization. Get the hell out of there is the 2nd choice.

3. The 3rd choices get the hell out of there and start a business of your own. Many of you have the knowledge, skills, and marketability as well as marketing savvy to start your own businesses. You don't have to work for Mommy or Daddy Big Organization to be successful.If anything, you would actually do better out on your own. Recognize that starting your own business can be 1 of those alternatives.

4. Here is the last choice and is it is a tough one for most people to hear. Shut up

Stop whining. Stop complaining. Accept your circumstances And work hard within the framework that Mommy and Daddy Big Organization have giving you in order to be successful there.

Those are the basic choices– – Get better, Stop whining, stop complaining, Accept your circumstances. Work harder within the framework that your current employer gives you in order to be successful there. Those are the basic choices. Get better. Get the hell out to a place that will value you, get the hell out the storage room business or shut up.

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Deciding to Change Jobs – No BS Job Search Advice

 

decidingJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses what you should do once you decide to change jobs.

 

Summary

Today, let’s talk about the decision to change jobs and considering why you want to change jobs. You are listening to this show like others have because you’re wondering whether it’s the right thing to do. It probably is.  But their are some exceptions to consider.

  1. If there are some financial reasons why you really should stay. For example, you have some kind of loan from your current employer that you would have to we pay immediately if you resign your job and you can’t afford to do so.
  2. If you have a mediocre job history. You don’t want that job history to be emphasized yet again.  If you change jobs.

Generally, if you’re listening to the show, there is something unsettling about your current job situation that you need to address. Maybe, your boss is an imbecile. Maybe you stop learning a while ago.  Whatever it is, it’s time to go.

Now, I want you to get clear about what the problems are, write them down, because what will happen is, in the course of your job search, You will forget some of these things and, later on, have to make a decision.  Sometimes, you will have to contend with a counteroffer where an employer is going to go, “But why?  We love you!  You are so important to us!  Please stay! Don’t go!  We need you! How much is it going to take? ”

Obviously, I am caricaturing what will be said to you, but sometimes people forget what is in their interest and get “bought” back to their current job and nothing is really changed.

So, write down your reasons for wanting to leave.  That’s a great starting place for beginning your search.  If you flip your answers around and start looking at what you will need to have from you next employer, you’ll find some things you will need to evaluate and consider when you interview.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

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Why Are You Putting Up With It?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter draws from his own experience to talk about the decision to change jobs.

Summary

I want to talk with you about the decision to change jobs and draw upon my own experience. On two occasions in my career, I was working for organizations for 10 years or more. I was clearly entrenched in these organizations, very comfortable despite some of the nonsense that existed there.

We all know every organization has nonsense – – people of personalities, they have moods. You live with them for a long period of time and some of those times of frustrating.

In the most recent instance, I was associated with the firm for more than a dozen years and no matter what I did, the matter what I said, there was a lengthy period of time I was hitting my head against the wall in frustration. Still the idea of changing jobs didn’t come to mind.

It one more instance (the details aren’t important) for my wife to interrupt me one day and ask, “Have you thought about changing jobs at all?” Ultimately, I decided to start my own firm

Sometimes, you just have to listen to what someone else tells you or ask you and pause and ask yourself a question, “Why not?” What’s keeping you there? What’s so good about this situation that you want to go through all the frustration you go through?

I’ve been in sales for a long time and much of my income comes from commission. For those of you were not in sales, is it worth the salary that you are getting to experience all the frustration that you’re going through?

Why are you accepting this? Who are you trying to please in all of this?

When all is said and done, ultimately, let them make the right decision for yourself. However, if you are noticing that there are more days than not when you are referring to things that can best be described as “nonsense,” when no matter how are in Africa making success is not available to you, sometimes that’s because the market that you’re serving, sometimes that’s because the systems that your operating (i.e. the company rules and regulations that get in the way of you obtaining the success that you want), why are you putting up with it?

My encouragement to you is to stop for a second and think or have an ally available because (like in my case, my wife) who, in a very simple way, asked “Have you thought about changing jobs yet?”

Then, think about it. Why not? Why not change jobs? Why tolerate the mediocrity of your current situation, your lack of contentment and happiness that comes with your current role?

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Take The Pillow Test to Decide Whether to Change Jobs

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a simple test for helping you to decide whether to change jobs.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Six Steps to Take When Preparing for a Job Change

Although the government may say a recession is over, more layoffs will inevitably occur. In addition, with the economy improving, people will find themselves less willing to accept the long hours, wage increase suspensions and other requirements of bad times. With more firms adding to staff, wages will start to increase and you will have more of an opportunity to land a better job.

 

If you are worried about being laid off or just think you might want to explore other alternatives your best course of action is to be prepared.

Here are a few things you can do to get ready.

1. If you haven’t already done so, track your accomplishments so that updating your resume is easy. Every three months, sit down with yourself as though you were going into a performance review and record your accomplishments during the previous three months.

2. Update your resume. If you regularly track your accomplishments, updating your resume will be easy. If you don’t, then take the time to document your role, responsibilities and accomplishments. If you employ technology, indicate it in the body of the resume, not just in a summary section.(I know of no one that reads Summaries on resumes, waste of space because they are not connected to a specific project) A position review from HR and previous performance reviews may help you put it together.

3. If you don’t know where they are, track down your references. Managers who will provide strong testimonials about you, your character and your work ethic are worth their weight in gold. Do not let the trail go stale. Stay in contact with them so that when they are needed you know how to find them. Barring that, contact your references and update their contact information (Name, company, title, phone number, e-mail address). Ask them if they would give you a strong reference.

4. Check the job boards to get a pulse for wage scales for what you do. Job boards are a great source of the language and key attributes that employers are looking for.

5. Tailor your resume for each position you apply for. Like the broken watch that is right twice a day, a generic resume will reflect what an employer is looking for from time to time. A tailored resume will do it every time. Get an e-mail account from Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail for your search. Use this address in case you are laid off prior to finding a new position or to insure that you can disappear from recruiter data bases after you find a new one. The account should read, yourname@gmail.com

6. If you’re laid off, get letters of recommendation and try to negotiate both outplacement and a lengthy severance. Outplacement will provide you with an office to work from while you search plus the services of a support staff to assist you.

By taking time to organize yourself, you will find that your search will get off to a strong start.

 

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