As the new year deepens, now is the most exciting time for job hoppers everywhere. I’m convinced we’ll see more employee turnover at various industries than over the past two years combined. We’ve got two years of itchy people waiting to leave their firms for better opportunities. Are you one of them?
If you are, remember one thing: join people, not firms. Isn’t that the same you ask? No, it is imperative you differentiate between the two. Joining great people means working with people you respect, and working for people who support you. Working with great people means not hitting the snooze button five times because you dread going to work. When you see people get promoted within the ranks, you cheer for them instead of secretly contain your jealously. Great people encourage each other to succeed.
A great firm, on the other hand, can be entirely different. Procter & Gamble, Apple, McKinsey, Genentech, and Google are great firms in their respective industries. Getting a job at one of these institutions is like winning the lottery to some, and as such, they are “braggable firms” to your friends and loved ones. Yet, I caution you to not blindly aspire to work for a place just for its prestige.
How often do we see people quit their dream jobs out of misery due to a bad boss or untenable work environment? They say that the average person changes jobs seven times in their careers. That can’t be pleasant and good for the nerves, can it? You can work for Google, but if you’re in one department that has a lazy, demoralizing manager whose already worth millions and doesn’t care one lick about you, why bother?
I encourage job hoppers to insist on interviewing their perspective new employers as much as they interview you. Yes, we have 10% unemployment, and 17% underemployment, which necessitates humility in your search. But, humility is a given no matter what the unemployment rate is.
You owe it to yourself to meet as many people you potentially will work with as possible. The prospective employer wants to make sure you are a good match as well. No amount of prestige is worth being in a miserable state. Join good people and you will never want to job hop again! That is of course, until a better opportunity comes a long……….
Want to make extra money quickly and easily? I’ve recently tried out driving for Uber in 2015 because they are giving up to a $300 bonus after you make your 20th ride. After 125 hours, my gross pay is $36/hour, which is not too bad! I can see how people can easily make an extra $2,000 a month after commission and expenses with Uber or any ridesourcing company. I’d definitely sign up and drive until at least the bonus . Every time I plan to drive somewhere, like my main contracting gig down in San Mateo, I’ll just turn on the Uber app to try and catch a fare towards the direction I’m going. Why not make extra money?
$36/hour is a huge pay cut for me and it’s a humbling experience as well. But discovering the whole ridesourcing experience first hand is fascinating! I’ve got so many stories to share in the future about my experiences picking up random people.