Now is the most exciting time for job hoppers everywhere. I’m convinced we’ll see more employee turnover across all industries than over the past two years combined. There are people itching to leave their firms for better opportunities all over the country. Are you one of them? If so, you need to know the most important tip for job hoppers.
Join People, Not Firms
If you are, remember one thing: join people, not firms. Isn’t that the same you ask? No, and it is imperative you differentiate between the two. Joining great people means working with people you respect, and working for people who support you.
Great people encourage each other to succeed.
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 cringing with jealously.
Use Caution When Joining A Firm For Its Prestige
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?
Best Tip For Job Hoppers
My best tip for job hoppers on joining people, not firms involves being thorough. I encourage all job hoppers to insist on interviewing their perspective new employers as much as they interview you.
When unemployment is high, that 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……….
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