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Three Signs It’s Time to Look for A New Job

It’s no secret; the workplace environment looks entirely different for most people these days; however, the reasons workers think about searching for new opportunities are the same as they were pre-pandemic. Looking for a new job in our current economic climate might sound scary, but there are plenty of exciting roles available – you just have to take the plunge and decide that it’s time for a career change. Here are the top three signs that it’s time to look for a new job.

 You feel underappreciated

There’s truly nothing worse than feeling undervalued or unseen within the workplace. If your colleagues don’t see your value and efforts, it can create self-doubt in your mind and fail to provide you with a sense of belonging. One thing you can do to remedy this is to praise others on your team or within the organization to shift the culture. Also, take a few moments each week to reflect on your accomplishments and work wins. When there is a lack of praise from your colleagues or boss, self-praise can help you fill that disparity and make you feel good about your accomplishments.

If you find yourself in this situation, you are not alone. As much as 82% of employees within the workforce would prefer praise to a gift. If you are still yearning for more appreciation, it may be time to check out other opportunities. After all, employee recognition boosts employee satisfaction, motivation, and productivity.

You no longer feel challenged

There’s a big issue if you’re feeling bored at work. This can lead to your skills being underutilized (or not used at all) and damper your workplace motivation. Or, maybe there is not a more significant end-goal in sight, such as growth or upward mobility. Not having a healthy challenge in the workplace can make you feel stuck in your career. To mitigate this, try taking on new projects or new tasks that will take you out of your comfort zone. If this doesn’t feel possible, or there isn’t an opportunity to sharpen those underutilized skills, it may be time to look for a new job.

You dread going to work

There are so many reasons why you might dread going to work every day. No matter what you do for a living, you will always have rough days here and there. But repetitive stress, anxiety, and apprehension about the workweek are signs it may be time to jump ship. Try to identify what you dread about your job so you can understand where it’s coming from. Once you recognize what it is about your job that isn’t favorable, ask yourself if there’s a way to change it. Don’t dwell on things you can’t change. Maybe it’s colleagues, your boss, a toxic work environment, or the fact that it’s just a stressful industry. If the reasons you dread work are things you cannot adapt to or change, it’s best to start looking for a new opportunity.

We can help you look for a new job

So, now that you’re ready to look for a new opportunity, what’s next? Consider talking to a recruiter about reasons you’re looking for a new job or what qualities you’re looking for in your next position. In my experience, I get to know my clients, the culture, and their teams to really vet out candidates for a skill-set fit and culture fit. A recruiter can tell you if you’re going to be a good fit for the organization based on the information you give them and pair you with a client of theirs that matches your career aspirations and goals. If you are ready to look for a new job, reach out to me today, and let’s work together to take your career to the next level.

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How to Elevate Your Job Search

The tables have finally turned, and employers are now in the drivers seat. For the first time in nearly half a decade, we are no longer in a candidate-driven market. Just a few months ago, job seekers were entertaining multiple offers, demanding larger salaries, and employers were obliged to accept these terms to secure the best talent on the market. Fast forward to today, and the difference in the labor market is stark. As of the end of July, there are over 16 million Americans out of work. If you are one of them or are just looking for a new opportunity, there is a lot of competition out there. If you are looking to elevate your job search, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Make your job search public

The first thing you want to do to elevate your job search is to make it known to the world that you’re looking for a new opportunity! Many people stay in the shadows and fail to let your network know that you are on the hunt for a new job. Head to LinkedIn and tell the world that you are “open to new opportunities.” There’s a feature on LinkedIn that allows you to declare that you are open to new job prospects, and it helps recruiters and hiring managers identify you when they are searching for candidates. Here’s how you can turn on that feature.

Another cool new feature LinkedIn recently added a new profile picture frame that tells the world that you are open to work. This is an easy way to let your network know that you are searching for a new role! If you don’t share with your network that you are looking for work, how are they supposed to know that you need a little help? You might be surprised how much easier your job search can be if you notify your network.

Have you considered a career shift?

Have you been unemployed for weeks and feel like you are hitting a brick wall? If so, you are not alone. Some industries have been hit harder than others over the last few months. If you are in an industry that is struggling to rebound, it may be time to jump ship. That could me just switching from one industry to another or a complete career pivot. This may seem daunting, but it could be an excellent time to make a dramatic career change.

The problem most workers face in this dilemma is deciding what direction to take. Unfortunately, there is no one right answer. However, one thing you should keep in mind is the outlook of the industry you are researching. If you have decided to make a shift, you must make an educated one. Do some digging to see what the outlook is like for a new job or industry that interests you. Need some help? Here are some of the hottest jobs on the market right now with exploding demand.

Enlist the help of a recruiter

One of the smartest ways to elevate your job search is by partnering with a recruiter. A recruiting firm, like Johnson Search Group, can help pair you with new opportunities that you may not find posted on job boards or social media. Recruiters are here to help you take your job search to the next level by finding you a job that matches your skills, background, and career goals. If this sounds like music to your ears, reach out to us today! We have hundreds of job opportunities with employers looking to hired hardworking candidates just like you.

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Is Now the Time for A Career Change?

There comes the point in everyone’s career where it is time to take a moment to re-evaluate; re-evaluate where you are now and where you would like to be. With everything going on in the world right now and with our current job market, that time of reflection might be now. If that sounds like your current situation, it can be unsettling. Most workers are hesitant to take that leap and move forward in another direction in their careers. Switching industries, moving to a new market, or doing something completely different, takes a lot of courage and grit. Here are a few things to think about if you feel that it’s time for a career change.

Why are you looking for a change?

You first need to ask yourself a few questions. Why do you want a new job? And what are you looking for in a new career or employer? There could be numerous reasons why you are ready to make a career move. You might be looking for an employer that offers more flexibility, such as working from home. Maybe you’re looking for a leadership role where you can make an overall more significant impact in an organization. Or you might be looking for a new challenge and ready to take on an entirely different role. Whatever your reasons are, write them down and try to find connections between them. You will likely find commonalities, which will help you determine what direction you want to head towards.

What’s the outlook of your new career path

If you have decided where you want to go with your career, congrats! That’s an exhilarating moment. But don’t forget to do your research. Is this new industry or sector volatile or stable? Does it have tremendous growth, or is it more stagnant? These are things you should be thinking of as you weigh the pros and cons of your decision. So, it may be the perfect time to make the leap into a new field! Some industries are experiencing extensive growth because of the pandemic. Here are the top ten jobs with the most demand in July.

Don’t be afraid to take the plunge

Many of us are too fearful of making a big career change; it’s challenging to convince ourselves to leave the comfort zone of our work expertise. If you are a seasoned vet in your field, it’s discouraging to make that leap. Robin Arzon, the head of Peloton’s fitness programming, was on Jessi Hempel’s Podcast Hello Monday. She briefly described her transition from being a corporate attorney for seven years to a career in fitness. One of her biggest points she discusses is people’s reluctance just to take the plunge and go for it. “Say yes before you think you are ready. I see so many folks hesitate to throw their hands up” and make that plunge, says Arzon. She explains that many of us wait until we become knowledgeable or trained; however, she expresses that we should not be afraid to jump in and learn as we go. In other words, there is never a perfect time to make a career move, but have faith in yourself and go with your gut!

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2020 Vision: Put Your Career in Perspective

You’ve heard the stereotypical adage “new year, new me.” And while some might roll their eyes at this cliched idea of transformation in January, it’s actually the perfect time to reevaluate your career goals. If you have even briefly considered making a career change in 2020, here are a few steps you should take this month to kick off the new year.

Evaluate your current position

Are you happy where you are now? Consider your role, level, company, and how your employer is currently utilizing your skills. If there’s any room for improvement, now is the time to consider a change. The labor market is as tight as it ever has been, and there are more job openings than there are available workers to fill them. So, whether you’re looking for an increase in salary, better benefits, or a challenge to push you to new heights, there are opportunities out there! 

Think about where you’d like to be

Make a list of goals. Jot down your target companies, and don’t be afraid to DREAM BIG! With how competitive the market is, the world is your oyster. Companies that may have seemed out of reach are now looking for team members just like you. Do your research! Compare mission statements, comb through social media, and talk to a recruiter. Your perfect opportunity is probably out there; you just don’t know it yet!  

Define what’s important to you 

Make a list of what you’d like in your next position. Include the obvious benefits such as salary, health insurance, and bonus structure, of course. However, you should also think outside the box. Many companies are looking for remote employees, allow flexible working schedules, and even offer additional perks like gym memberships. Keep in mind you might not be able to find a position that includes ALL of your dream benefits, but knowing what’s most important will help guide you in your job search.  

Now, are you ready to make a career change? Connect with a Johnson Search Group recruiter today to discover what could be on the horizon for your career in 2020.