4 Excellent New Books For Your Career

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To help your career in 2017, here is a selection of new books that provide guidance on topics such as changing careers, finding a good job, professional development, networking and achieving your goals.

“Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One”

Former Google career development manager and current career coach Jenny Blake explains a four-step, incremental method to change your career in “Pivot.” The steps include:

  • Planning your career and goals for the future.
  • Getting a good idea of your strengths.
  • Figuring our how to get from where you are, to where you want to be.

Blake offers dozens of how-to exercises to illustrate how you make small changes in the right direction. She advocates making small changes in succession until you reach an ultimate career goal.

“Reinvention Roadmap”

Liz Ryan, founder and CEO of Human Workplace, gives her tips on how to reinvent yourself as you look for new opportunities and new career paths.

Her 20-plus years of experience in HR demonstrate her expertise.

Ryan has more than 1 million followers on LinkedIn, so you should listen heartily to the concepts presented in her book “Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and Career You Deserve.”

“Designing Your Life”

“Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life,” by professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans of Stanford University’s design department, explores how interior design principles can be used to improve your life and career.

The authors talk about a five-step, life/career design process. The trick to design the life you want lies in continually testing things in small yet impactful ways until you discover what works best.

For example, the pair say you should explore your next move by conducting interviews with someone who made the same decision in their past that you’re pondering for your future.

In the midst of the interviews, you get a feel for the reality of your possible path and whether it measures up to your expectations, effort and expertise.

“Build Your Dream Network”

We all know that developing meaningful connections, both off and online, is important for our careers.

However, many of us don’t make the time to do so. We also don’t go about it in a well planned and strategic way.

Author J. Kelly Hoey provides great tips, expert interviews and checklists, to help you make the process easier and effective.

Happy reading!

My Big Career Change From The Corporate World To Online Freelancing

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I always believed in the notion of succeeding most at your career when doing something that you are really passionate about which is why, a few years back, I decided to make the shift from the corporate world into online freelancing.

I can’t say that it was an easy ride, but it was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.

Below are a few reasons why:

I Earn More Money On Average

When I first started online freelancing, to be quite honest, I was earning peanuts but my salary was doubling in the first few months, something that would never happen in the corporate world.

Until now, my income is not doubling each month, but it sure is increasing at a rate that would never happen had I still been an employee doing something that I was not passionate about.

I Am My Own Boss

Being your own boss means working at your convenience including choosing when and where you work.

For me, this has always translated into more independence and piece of mind, which allows me to appreciate my work more.

I am a big travel junkie, so the ability to travel the world while working is something that I find to be a big advantage of being an online freelancer.

Online Freelancing Perfectly Fits My Personality

It’s been said that people should choose their jobs based on their personalities.

I am personally introverted which makes working online and not having to communicate much with other people (not face to face or over the phone much, at least) a big advantage.

It’s not that I don’t like other people, but rather I work better by myself and do not like to make a social effort during my working hours.

If you want to make a big career change in your life but are unsure of how to do it, consider talking to someone with similar experience, do a bit of research or find a life coach to help you mitigate the career transition.

If you want to be an entrepreneur for instance, talking to someone with similar experience – or who has made it into a successful entrepreneur can help you. Likewise, if you want to become an online freelancer, for instance, you can do some research on freelancing and the best online freelancing platforms to have an idea about the concept and how to go along doing it.

Finally, hiring a career coach is very popular nowadays. A career/life coach can help you navigate the obstacles that you will face when attempting to attain your career goals.

Can Money Buy Happiness And Career Satisfaction?

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Do you ever wish you had more money? Do you ever dream of being rich? Have you ever thought about why that is the case?

For many people, the desire to be wealthy is extremely common, but is there a root cause to wanting to be rich? Does money make a person intrinsically happier?

As it turns out, the short answer is yes. However, there are some nuances to the subject that make it a bit more complicated.

If you want to understand why money is such a sought-after commodity, then take a look at what the research says and decide for yourself if having tons of money will make all your dreams come true.

Are Money and Happiness Related?

For many years, this question has been at the forefront of people’s minds. The idea that money can buy happiness has been touted by both sides of the issue, with one side saying that happiness comes from within, and the other saying it’s easier to be happy in a Rolls Royce than in a Daewoo.

So which side is right?

Well, like all good arguments, the reality is that both sides make compelling points, which means that there is no correct answer.

Ultimately, how happy money can make you will depend on your own personality, life situation and thoughts on the subject, but this is what research has to say.

Recent surveys conducted all over the world say that richer people tend to be more satisfied with their lives than poor people.

However, it is important to note that this relationship shows a correlation but not necessarily a causation. In other words, the increase in happiness could be caused by factors than money.

We also need to consider the Plateau Effect and the amount of variation in happiness.

The Plateau Effect

Let’s say for the sake of argument that you win the lottery tomorrow. To keep things relatively simple, we’ll say that the lottery is worth $100 million.

Chances are most of you have thought about how you would spend that kind of money if you got it, but what happens if you get that kind of money every year? Instead of a giant windfall, what if you earned $100 million annually?

Winning the lottery is a thrilling moment, but eventually, you will get used to it, right? 

As with all vices, money has the same plateau effect as anything else. The more drugs you take, the more you have to ingest to get the same high. The more alcohol you drink, the higher your tolerance level.

Money operates the same way, which means that once you reach a certain amount you become desensitized to it and you don’t feel as happy about it anymore. After all, if you have plenty of money to take care of your bills and family, then what will you do with the rest?

According to research, there is a limit to how much money can make someone happy. One study concluded that beyond $75,000 of family income and $40,000 of individual income, more money did not lead to more happiness.

Once you have at least that much money, other factors such as health and friendships become much more valuable. This makes sense, because once your base needs are met, then you seek out other ways to make yourself happy.

Variations in Happiness Based on Income

Poorer people will have much higher hopes for financial gain because the effect is so much more pronounced when you have little to begin with.

But how much is the variation in happiness between people of different income levels?

As per research, people who earned $32,000 a year were just 10% happier happier than people who earned $2,000. And moving from an income of $40,000 to 80,000 increased life satisfaction from 6.5 to 7 out of 10.

So money might make people happier but not my much.

So What Does All Of This Mean For Your Career?

As we have seen, money doesn’t increase happiness by much, especially above a certain income level.

Also, an analysis of more than 100 studies revealed a very small relationship between money and career/job satisfaction.

So the conclusion is simple, don’t make money the main focus of your career. Also think about what you would do if money was not an obstacle, use evidence from science to guide your career path and see what your personality says.

Common Triggers For Quitting Your Job

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Chances are pretty high that once you’ve settled into a secure job, you have no intention of leaving it any time soon.

There are, however, certain situations that can put the idea of seeking a new job front and center in your mind.

According to research by CEB, people have a higher tendency to change jobs after certain events and milestones.

1. Significant social gatherings with your peer group.

Attending a social gathering where you’ll be among peers who are close in age and life experience can inspire a desire for change. For instance, you decide to attend your high school or college reunion.

The reason you go is to catch up with old friends you knew back in the day, and you enjoy sharing a few laughs and some fond memories. As you share life stories, you can’t help but hear about career choices and successes others have had along the way.

Naturally, you’ll compare your job with others and silently measure your career success against that of your friends and associates. Perhaps it’s time to rethink your career goals, start working on increasing your chances of promotion or seek a job that more closely aligns with your values. Attending peer group events can trigger all of these thoughts.

2. Job anniversaries.

As the anniversary of your current job rolls around, you may reflect upon your reasons for taking the job in the first place.

Job anniversaries bring to the forefront everything you like or dislike about your job, as you ponder the years you’ve spent in one place.

3. Promotion anniversaries.

The anniversary of your promotion into a certain job position can lead to positive or negative feelings, depending on how well your job is going.

If the promotion isn’t living up to your expectations, you may decide it’s time to start looking into positions that offer more career fulfillment.

Make sure your career decisions are strategic.

So it could be the case that your dissatisfaction or restlessness with your current job, is less about the company or job, and more due to the fact that you just turned 40.

While it’s never a bad idea to take stock of your career and plan for the future, do make sure that any changes you are thinking about, actually make sense.

Career Choices – What If Money Was Not An Obstacle?

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We all have that dream. The dream to have enough money so that we could live out our lives in the manner of our choosing.

Money is always the obstacle.

We either don’t make enough, or we spend too much trying to make ourselves happy, or at least happy enough to continue on wishing we had more.

No matter the circumstance, there has always been a time (usually when sitting in traffic on the way to work) when we’ve wanted to chuck it all and quit our drudge of a desk job.  It’s a nice daydream isn’t it?  Just imagine: Wouldn’t it be nice to do what you really want to do instead of what you’re supposed to do, or what you have to dFo?

These questions are the topic of a video narrated by the late author Alan Watts.  Watts, a native of London, became fascinated with Far Eastern life at a young age.  After a short stint as an Episcopal priest in Chicago, he left the church to focus on Asian studies.  His studies led him to Zen Buddhism, which he wrote and spoke extensively about.

Watts’ worldview changed radically with his immersion in Zen philosophy.  The video “What If Money Was No Object” is one in a series of audio lectures he recorded before his passing in 1973.

One of the main points of this talk is the futility of earning a college degree simply as a way to earn money, just like you would get some personal $10000 loans 24/7 application processing or some long term installment loans approved.  Watts speaks of a situation involving graduating students who come to him for career advice, during a time when he worked as a vocational counselor.

Watts’ first question to the students is, “What would you like to do if money were no object?”  The reply was usually, “Well, I’d like to be an artist/painter/writer/….”  Watts then turns the conversation back to the point, “You can’t earn any money that way.”  What Watts is looking for is an admission from the student that they are only looking for a way to earn money.

The most important point of Watts’ talk is to “do what you really want to do, and money be damned.”  His scathing indictment of “working solely for money” is that the chase for riches will cause one to end up working in a job that they don’t like, for their entire life.  In his words, “It’s stupid!”

Ultimately, Watts does come back around to earning money.  But his advice for earning a living is a much more creative, and satisfying way of doing it.  The basic premise is, “Do something you love doing, become extremely good at doing it, then charge a fee for doing it.”  Earn money while you do something you love to do.

The importance of Watts interpretation of Zen philosophy, as it relates to our goal-oriented, get ahead world, is refreshing.  Yes, money is an object and we all need to take practicalities and realities into account. However, it is worth thinking about and exploring if there may be ways to earn a living that won’t destroy your soul, or your spirit.

How Men are Discriminated Against in the Job Market

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It may come as a surprise, but men may have better opportunities if they stay unemployed rather if they accept part-time work.

David Pedulla, a sociologist with the University of Texas at Austin, sent out several thousand fake resumes to see how work history and gender would affect the number of callbacks. The results he found showed that women currently working part-time jobs were twice as likely to receive a callback as men.

“There seem to be penalties for men who choose to work part time that are just as significant as being unemployed, while women appeared to not face any such penalty,” reported Prof. Pedulla.

During the 2007-2009 recession, an estimated one out of every six U.S. workers lost their job at least once. The unemployment rate continued at a higher-than-average rate in the years that the economy was recovering. Research shows that the psychological and financial damage created through unemployment can be long-lasting.

The research completed by Prof. Pedulla involved over 2,400 applications, submitted for 1,210 open positions. The study was completed throughout five cities in the U.S. between November of 2012 and June of 2013. The fake resumes belonged to both female and male candidates who were graduates of large public universities throughout the Midwest.

The candidates were given similar work histories until the prior 12 months. For the most recent 12-month period, each candidate was put into one of five categories. The applicants were either unemployed, working at a job below their skill level (a retail store sales associate), were working at a position provided by a temporary employment agency, working a part-time position, or working full time.

Of the male and female applicants who currently already had full-time employment, over 10 percent received a call back from the potential employer.

The men and women who were working a job well below their skill level received much lower numbers. Of the women, 5.2 percent received a call back compared to 4.7 percent of male workers.

The candidates employed through a temporary agency received similar results. Men received a call back rate of 7.1 percent. This category came in second, only behind those who already had a full time job. The women employed through temporary services received a call back of 8.3 percent.

When it came to hiring female applicants, the employers didn’t penalize them for being in a part-time job. They received a call back rate of 10.9 percent. However, male applicants who were currently working part-time positions only received a 4.8 percent call back rate. This was just slightly better than the 4.2 percent of unemployed men who received a call back. The rate of unemployed women who were called back was 7.5 percent.

Discrimination against men

According to a separate survey, which was given to managers in charge of the hiring process, men are penalized for taking a part-time position because it creates the perception of a lack of commitment.

While this does not explain why managers don’t perceive women that way, maybe managers assume that women working part-time may have done so for childcare reasons (and are now more available to work full-time) whereas men (whom managers may assume have never had to cut back on work hours for childcare reasons) in a part-time role might be signaling something negative about their competency.


Generalists Get Better Job Offers Than Specialists

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Damon Phillips, a professor at Columbia Business School, recently corroborated with Jennifer Merluzzi, an assistant professor at the University of Tulane. They began studying and researching records of around 400 business students who had graduated in 2008 and 2009 from some of the nation’s top MBA programs. The two created detailed profiles of each of the graduates, which included their work histories before, during, and after college and the grades they had received while in school. The results of their studies showed the individuals who specialized in the area of investment banking during college had been less likely to receive more than a couple of job offers, versus the students who had a wider range of experiences and backgrounds.

Merluzzi and Phillips set out to determine whether generalists truly are favored over specialists throughout the labor market. Does a jack of all trades have better odds of a more rewarding career?

Professor Merluzzi reported that specialists had certainty been penalized by the market. They not only had fewer job offers to choose from, they were also given lower signing bonuses for the positions that were made available to them. There were even cases of specialists in the field receiving over $45,000 less than their generalist counterparts.

When asked what differentiated specialists from generalists, professor Merluzzi said they took into consideration both the experiences and activities focused on the most before and during the students MBA program and throughout their internship periods. A student who had been employed by an investment bank before they began school, focused their attention on finance throughout school, and then completed an internship through an investment bank, would be considered a specialist.

A student who had worked in a field other than investment banking before starting the MBA, such as marketing or advertising, while focusing on finance, completed an internship through a consulting firm, and then began a career in the investment banking field after they had completed their internship would be considered a generalist. Once Phillips and Merluzzi had put each student in one of these two categories, they were then able to compare job offers along with compensation and benefits. The generalist had more opportunities than the specialist.

When asked why she believed being in the specialist category would be a disadvantage, Merluzzi suggested that given the strong institutional mechanisms of screening throughout labor markets, specialization would not hold as much value. For starters, employers may not be satisfied with experiences which incrementally extend previous efforts. Also, without having other information, while specializations show a high level of skill, graduation on its own accord from a leading MBA program is a strong enough signal that an individual is qualified. Therefore, it is no longer an advantage to demonstrate that level of expertise in the individual field.

It has always been sound advice to pick a particular career field, and to become an expert. When asked why this advice seems to differ so much from the result of the study, Professor Merluzzi said that among the top MBAs, there is now a strong leaning toward achieving a consistent profile either as a marketing person or a finance person. The result is many similar people within the market. Specialization becomes a commodity, which delivers less of an opportunity and even smaller chances of advancement once a position has been obtained. It also becomes a factor once a firm or financial institute begins hiring several similar candidates in a particular area of specialty, and they are given the opportunity to compare these specialist candidates against a generalist individual with more diverse accomplishments.

Merluzzi explains that a push for specialization amongst MBAs only started between 5-10 years ago. There are many factors that could have played a part in this spark, beginning with the shock created by the recession. She believes that specialization creates a feeling of understanding among students of the value they receive from a program. The proliferation of one year master’s degrees may also play a contributing role. These programs give students the opportunity to receive a master’s degree of finance for less money and they require less time to complete compared to an MBA. The problem, she mentioned, with these master’s degree programs, is that the core value of a MBA is the business training, and that is still recognized and valued by the market.

According to the research completed by the two professors, experienced hiring managers revealed that they prefer employees who have a more diverse range of attributes and skills. “Someone who has accomplished many things is better than a one trick pony who continues to do the same thing without taking full advantage of everything an MBA has to offer,” was a common response from managers in charge of the hiring process.

Let purpose guide your career path

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The word “purpose” comes from the Old French word purpos and the combination of the Anglo-French words purpos and proposer. 

Purpose is defined as “the reason for which something is done, or created, or for which something exists.”  In its verb form it means “to have as one’s intention or objective.”  As a noun, it proposes a state of being.

Dan Pontefract, the writer of The Purpose Effect, describes a three-way relationship between one’s own sense of purpose, your employer’s intentions, and your role in your job.  When these three pieces are defined, aligned, and work harmoniously with each other, then all three parties—the employee, the organization, and the society—will benefit.  However, if this is not the case, there is the possibility that it can be harmful to the society, the enterprise and the individual.

When a company’s mission/purpose is congruent with that of an employee, then an individual has a higher possibility of achieving fulfillment in his or her life. This is especially so, if the organisation has a social purpose.  Everyone wants to contribute something great to their world.

On the other hand, if a person enters into a business whose objective is in direct conflict with his or her own purpose, he or she can develop a negative association with their place of employment.  This can mean less engagement and a worsening work ethic.  When an individual’s purpose is not being met, he or she can become lethargic, isolated, and apathetic.

Pontefract describes the trifecta as a three-legged bar stool.  When one leg is uneven or broken, things start to crumble, whether it is at the level of the individual, company, or society.  People who are in such scenarios, simply go through the motions, waiting until their voice matters. Just an inch off of one leg of the barstool can lead to a poor outcome.

When you witness someone working hard to fulfill their discovered purpose, you can see them grow, and discover joy and self-confidence. Pontefract states that “when organizational, personal, and role purpose become symbiotic, the pro’s outweigh the con’s time and time again.”

Take Lindsay Hemric for example.  In 2010, Hemric founded and chose to work for Teeki, an eco-friendly clothing company that uses the fibers from recycled water bottles to make clothing, over other manufacturers who made their products in sweatshops, using environmentally devastating practices.  Teeki is committed to helping everyone involved, which helps Lindsay thrive and fulfill her personal purpose.

Purpose comes when you want to give “more” to the world.

Uncharted Play is yet another example of a firm with a higher purpose.  Founded by Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman in 2011, UP was built to deliver “motion-based, off-grid renewable energy,” also known as MORE, into “’everything that moves.’”  Some of their inventions include the Soccket and the Pulse, a soccer ball (the former) and a jump rope (the latter) that produce energy after a few hours of use.  UP wants to use “play” to prove the following:

  • Doing something positive for the environment doesn’t need to be a snore fest.
  • Anybody can be a social innovator.
  • If people all over the world can come together and try to fix the issues that need our attention, then the possibilities are endless.

Both aforementioned companies are trying to serve all of the stakeholders and achieve alignment of personal, organizational, and role purpose.  This symbiotic relationship will provide all parties with happiness.

There are several cautionary tales when it comes to defining and maintaining purpose, both for the person and the business.  Some believe that purpose miraculously appears or is divine intervention at work.  Others argue that they are entitled to be given a purpose by their employers, but some higher ups disagree, especially if they value their profit margin more than their employees.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.  Purpose does not just appear.  It doesn’t grow on trees.  You will never win a purpose at a poker table.  It will not harm your career or the collective.  Purpose does not mean the end of the profit.   It is for the benefit of everyone.

Purpose can be synonymous with “bliss” if you let it.  Purpose needs to be considered personally, for the good of society, and for the organization. So, start searching for your own purpose, find an employer that aligns with your purpose, and define your role in that company, and start searching for your bliss.

CV of Failures – What Can It Do For You?

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Let the wild schadenfreude (pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others) rumpus begin!

Professor Johannes Haushofer, who teaches psychology and public affairs at Princeton, recently published a CV documenting every failure in his career to date. He listed the jobs he failed to land. The papers that never got published. The fellowships that went to someone else. The university programs he did not get into. This “CV of failures” was a Twitter sensation and was picked up by newspapers globally. It was so popular that the good professor complained that it was a “meta failure” as it attracted far more attention than his entire academic achievements combined! You will see his failures listed below this article.

He confesses he’s not the first academic to publish his failures; he cites a few others who have. And credits Professor Melanie Stefan of the University of Edinburgh for the idea, first published in the journal Nature in 2010. “As scientists, we construct a narrative of success that renders our setbacks invisible both to ourselves and to others,” she writes. “Often, other scientists’ careers seem to be a constant, streamlined series of triumphs. Therefore, whenever we experience an individual failure, we feel alone and dejected.”

She recommends we keep a CV of failures, to remind ourselves that failure is an essential part of what it means to be successful, and possibly inspire a disheartened colleague or friend along the way. Prof. Stefan also mentions that academic fellowships have a success rate of about 15 percent – meaning that for every hour spent writing a successful application, she probably spent six hours for nothing.

And as you will see below, a rejection can save your life.

How can this help me?

  • Self-awareness. We are not saying failures are are important as successes! However, self-awareness is an important component of Emotional Intelligence (EI). We have been looking at CVs of our accomplishments for years, that ignores the bulk of our efforts. Having a better awareness of our past successes and failures could improve our self-awareness, EI, future success and performance.
  • Taking Enough Risk. Also, noting the frequency of our failures has something to do with whether we are taking enough risks. While you can expect that frequency to go down after age 35, as you change jobs less frequently, it is important to see how often you’re putting yourself out there. If you’re not taking a chance to fail, you’re not taking a chance to succeed.
  • True Grit. You will marvel at how resilient you have been and can inspire others on how to weather setbacks.
  • New Opportunities. As you look at all the organizations that rejected you, you might reconnect with a recruiter who now, impressed with what you have done since then, has something better in store for you.
  • Blessings in Disguise. If nothing else, it will be an interesting trip down memory lane, and you can feel thankful for all those paths you did not go down, and are now blessed with the friends and family you have!  One of my first rejections after college was in 1998, at Sandler O’Neill, a financial services company. It was on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center in Manhattan; the view from its conference room was spectacular, with all of Manhattan at your feet. Sixty-six of its employees perished on September 11. It’s hard to even call that serendipitous rejection a failure. The long view matters, and failure is very subjective.

Professor Haushofer’s own CV of Failures

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Webinar: Are you at a stage where you need to rethink or reinvent your career?

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We all have stages in our career, where we need to rethink or reinvent what we’re doing.

Sometimes we need something different.

At other times we outgrow our current role or company and need to think about the next move.

Or maybe we’re happy where we are, but need to do something to take our performance/career to the next level.

According to Herminia Ibarra,  Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at INSEAD, the best way to navigate these situations is to act.

We need to do new things, meet new people and expose ourselves to new information. Experimentation is the name of the game.

She’s sharing her ideas and insights on personal and career transformation, in a free webinar. If you need some guidance or inspiration in this area, it should be an interesting session to attend.

You can view more details and register here.

Work life balance: How to find out if an employer values it as much as you?

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It’s finally time.

You are ready to begin your search for a new job.

And hopefully you’ll have some interviews and job offers soon.

During previous interviews, you might have felt as if it were a mistake to mention the possibility of occasionally missing work to tend to family matters. The mere mention of work life balance or time off, seemed to turn the interview in a bad direction.

Even though you weren’t hired for those jobs, you felt lucky.

How comfortable would you have been working there? How could it have affected your family?

Consequently, your question becomes: How can I find an employer who understands the importance of life outside of work and the obligations of my home life? An employer who’s on the same page as me, on these matters.

Here are a few ways to help you research a company and find answers to those questions.

Word of Mouth

Perhaps the easiest method for obtaining employer information is to ask your friends, family, or current associates.

Often times they, or someone they know, will have a story, positive or negative, regarding a current or past employer.

Understand that such stories must be taken as anecdotal, but the information may lead you to investigate further before you commit to an employer.

Job Sites

Until recently, there weren’t many tools available to help a prospective employee find the right employer.

As more information becomes available on the internet, finding information about the working atmosphere of a company is readily available.

When using job sites/boards (such as Monster, Indeed, CareerBuilder), you will often find links to employer ratings and comments.

Indeed.com, for example, has links for reviews and learning what it’s like to work for a company, shown next to many job advertisements.

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Employer Satisfaction Information

In addition to job sites, databases regarding workplace atmosphere are now available.

For instance, Glassdoor.com has extensive employee reviews detailing workplace atmosphere, job position satisfaction, and potential salaries.

There are also sites available that detail workplace conditions for women (Maybrooks, Fairygodboss), using the perspective of females in a particular position or experience.

What Do You See and Feel?

You can also put your detective hat on and observe what’s happening at the company.

If you see a mostly empty office when you arrive for your 6pm interview, it can be a sign that late work hours aren’t always required.

Do you see family photos on the desks? That may be a sign that the atmosphere is a comfortable, relaxed place to work, and that the company is at least somewhat committed to their employees and their families.

Many modern businesses take pride in their family-friendliness. If the interview process does not include information about a company’s policies regarding family leave, or days off built into the system, that’s probably something to take note of. Lack of a focus on such policies may be a sign of other issues that might arise in their employ. Keep looking.

We all want to find the perfect job. So many facets of your life can be affected by the way you feel about your work, good or bad.

With a little diligence it is possible to find the employer that will see you as more than just an employee, but as a member of a family, yours and theirs.

Job Hopping – Yes or No? When and Why? – Here are the answers

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At the top of the motivational list for seeking a new place of employment is often an increase in income.

Additional reasons include wanting to face more of a challenge in a job, a lack of room for improvement or promotion in a current position and discrepancies with management practices.

Although theses are valid reasons for making a job change, one question that often comes to mind, is whether or not job hopping will be beneficial or harmful.

Job Change Impact

In the salary department, job hopping can be beneficial.

An ECA International Survey indicates that employees who remain in their current position will only see a four percent increase in their income, over the course of one year.

On the other hand, employees who make a switch in jobs, see anywhere from a 10 to 20 percent  increase in their paycheck. This can add up to a decent amount after a few hops.

According to Ahu Yildirmaz, lead economist at ADP Research Institute, the wage increase from full-time-job switching was most pronounced for workers aged 25 to 34.

“In general, younger job holders saw their wages rise much higher than the 35 [and above] workers. This is the time of life when workers acquire skills rapidly and enjoy frequent promotions. This dynamic slows considerably for mid-life workers, aged 35 to 54, and for 55 and above, it’s even slower.”

Employers value the skill set and perspective employees bring to the table when they have had several different jobs before arriving at their current company.

Employees who frequently engage in job change activity are often high performers and work hard to make a productive first impression, for the time that they will remain at a particular company.

These employees are likely to be the first to volunteer for new projects and have impressive problem-solving skills as well.

Job Stability Impact

However, there are benefits to remaining with one company over time as well.

At the top of the list is the opportunity to receive promotions at a faster rate than those employees who frequently make job changes. Many companies follow a policy of promoting from within the organization before seeking to fill a vacant job position with an outside employee.

Employees who remain at one company also learn valuable skills that make them more attractive to their current employer. They often become experts at what they do, develop good internal/external networks and understand the workings of their company inside and out.

Recruiters and hiring managers are often wary of frequent job switchers and prefer candidates who have stayed in their previous role for at least 3 years.

These insights come from a study by Professor Monika Hamori at IE Business School, who says that overall job hoppers do not prosper.

So What Should You Do?

While there will always be specific cases and exceptions, in general all this information suggests that to maximize earnings and promotions:

  1. You can change jobs more often till you hit 35.
  2. However, ideally, you should stay with a company for around 2-3 years.
  3. After 35, it makes more sense to stay with the same company for a longer period of time.

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