Today’s holiday makes me think of the Donna Summer song “She Works Hard for the Money.” I know you work hard, and hopefully today is a day of rest and celebration.
As you reflect back on the first eight months of the year, this is a great time to re-evaluate your career game plan.
Do you feel fulfilled at work?
Does your boss treat you with respect?
Are you paid fairly?
If you answered no to any of these questions, it may be time to think of alternative career paths.
It doesn’t mean it’s time to quit your job right away. Just beginning to question your existing situation can be enough to get the ball rolling.
If you aren’t feeling happy about your work, what do you enjoy? Do you have hobbies or expertise in other fields?
If your supervisor is less than ideal, is there another part of the company you can transfer to? Or, are there competitors who are hiring?
And, if you’re not being paid fairly, what can you do to change it? Internally, you can ask for a raise when you receive a promotion or during your annual performance evaluation. Externally, the ballgame is wide open.
If money is your number one concern, it’s important to come to terms with one very important fact. On average, employees make more money when they switch companies. This is compared to how much they would make if they received an internal promotion.
And, it makes sense. Companies are competing for new talent. Once you’re there, they’ve got you. Those who don’t switch companies make significantly less over the lifetime of their careers.
With the risk of sounding like a broken record, there’s little incentive for companies to put more energy and money into existing employees. For this reason, you should never completely stop looking for a job…
Anyway, let’s get back to the original point. I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day! I hope you get to enjoy a little sunshine with those you love. And, if you don’t love your job, tomorrow is a new day, and a new chance to find your perfect career.