Getting Hired, the weekly job search advice newspaper column, is written by Marvin Walberg and published nationally in newspapers and websites by The Scripps Howard News Service. Getting Hired has been in publication since 1991. For more information, contact Scripps Howard News Service, Washington, DC.
Is the grass always greener?
With the number of employees quitting their
jobs up 8% last year, some people
contemplating making a move may want to first ask themselves, "Is the
grass always greener?" according to ClearRock.
"People should always be cautious when
deciding whether to change jobs. But with the unemployment rate still
relatively high, they also should examine the potential negative consequences
of switching employers more closely than they would in a better economy,"
said Annie Stevens, managing partner with ClearRock (www.clearrock.com), an
outplacement and executive coaching firm headquartered in Boston.
Among the potential negative factors people
need to weigh when considering changing employment in a tough job market are:
1. It's still a buyer's market and competition for jobs is fierce. There are 3.6
unemployed people for every available job opening, according to the Labor
Department. Salaries and compensation
packages may not be as attractive as when changing jobs in a better
economy," said Stevens.
2. "Employers hiring people today are expecting them to make a noticeable
impact immediately by increasing sales, cutting costs, or improving
productivity, and they may be less patient than at the job you left. In a
better economy, employers usually gave new hires about six months in which to
perform, but that window has been cut by about half now," said Stevens.
3."Newly hired employees generally have less seniority and may be the first
ones affected by cutbacks. You also give up the benefits and perks of seniority
you enjoyed at your old job when you leave," said Stevens.
4."The shorter time period in which new hires have to achieve results, and
the greater availability of qualified talent, means more employers may pull the
trigger sooner," said Stevens.
5. If you don't "fit" in, you're out sooner. Employers may be less
forgiving of new hires who don't fit in with the culture of their organizations,
or with co-workers and their supervisors. Teamwork and the need to collectively
achieve goals take on increased importance in a slow economy.
6. "Some people quit their jobs based on one isolated incident or one negative performance review and then regret it, especially if they are
not as happy in their new jobs as the ones they left.
Don't base your decision to leave on minor disagreements with supervisors or
co-workers, or negligible compensation differences," added Stevens.
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