Don't Quit Your Job.....Yet!

Written by Myrtis Smith

Now thatrepparttar economy has picked up, many people are considering making a job change. Before you take that leap its important to consider why you are leaving, what you are trying to accomplish, and ensuring that you've exhausted all avenues at your current place of employment.

Don't get me wrong, I am all for moving up and moving out. Ifrepparttar 131316 job you have is not meeting your needs there is nothing wrong with searching for greener pastures. But looking for a new job is not an easy task. It requires a lot of time and energy. There is a lot of work involved withrepparttar 131317 job search process. Unfortunately for many people look for a new job as a knee-jerk response to dissatisfaction at their current job. The good news is that a new job doesn't necessarily mean a new company. Let's examine several options you may want to consider before submitting that resignation letter.

1. Know why you are leaving. Is itrepparttar 131318 money? Lack of growth potential? Personality conflicts with co-workers? Company policies? Invest time to understand why you want to leave your current employer and what you hope to find at your new employer. If these reasons are not clear to you, you may find yourself inrepparttar 131319 exact same situation within months of starting at your new job.

2. Run TO something, not FROM something. If you have a dream job, andrepparttar 131320 opportunity appears for you to get that job, then go for it! All of us should be so lucky to know exactly what we want to do and have a chance to do it. But if you're leaving because something at your current company is not right, your desire go somewhere, anywhere, may affect your ability objectively weigh a job offer.

3. Don't let money rule. You can always leave your current job, go somewhere else, and make more money. Its no secret that companies generally pay more to woo new comers. But think aboutrepparttar 131321 other financial compensation you may have at your current company. Things like vesting inrepparttar 131322 retirement plan, stock options, employer's 401K match, and better benefits. Dollar for dollar, these things be worth a lot more than a higher salary.

4. Look for other career opportunities within your current company. If you've built a decent reputation at your current company investigate other career opportunities there before looking elsewhere. Most companies have an internal job posting system that will allow you to apply for positions in other parts ofrepparttar 131323 company. Switching to another department within you current company givesrepparttar 131324 much needed change that comes from starting a new job, but you won't lose any ofrepparttar 131325 benefits (vesting, vacation, etc.) that you've built up over time.

5. Look to change your current work situation. Maybe there are personality conflicts in your current team. Maybe you're working a great deal of overtime or have a ghastly long commute. Examine every facet of what you don't like about your current job and see if there is a solution that will change your situation forrepparttar 131326 better. Can you arrange to work from home one day a week? Have you developed friendships withrepparttar 131327 people in your department? Have you found a mentor who can help guide you through career decisions? All of these little changes can make a huge impact on how you feel about your job.

...On Losing Your Job

Written by Myrtis Smith

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Summary: 5 practical activities to do as soon as your learn that you are losing your job.

============================================================ ...On Losing Your Job

Getting downsized, right-sized, laid off or "let go" can be very difficult to handle. Here are five ideas to implement as soon as you learn you that you are losing your job:

1. Be angry......but only for 1 day (2 atrepparttar 131315 most). It is totally normal to feel angry or betrayed when you lose your job. The problem with anger, however, is that it is seldom productive. If you are spending a lot of energy being upset you can't focus on looking for a new job or be effective in an interview. Give yourself time to be angry, let that anger out, then move on.

2. Get a picture of your financial situation. The loss of income is undoubtedlyrepparttar 131316 most difficult part to deal with during an unexpected job loss. This is especially frightening if you arerepparttar 131317 main bread winner ofrepparttar 131318 family. As soon as you learn that your job is coming to an end prepare a financial statement. Write out all of your monthly expenses. Have separate categories for necessities (like rent and groceries), nice to haves (like cable), and obligations (like credit cards). Know how much money you need every month to cover your necessities, be prepared to eliminate some nice-to-haves and inform lenders if you anticipate being unable to handle obligations. Being armed with this information will help alleviate some ofrepparttar 131319 stress ofrepparttar 131320 unknown. This financial picture can tell you how long you can live off of your savings or how much you need to bring in from a part time or temp job while you look for a new permanent job.

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