Got A New Job Offer? Just Say No! The View from My Sandbox
Strange Talk In The Job World!
It’s true – I admit I make my living finding people for my clients and finding jobs for my candidates – but sometimes – the best answer to a job offer is – just say No Thanks. Think about not making a move if:
1) It’s just about the money.
More money is only good for the first couple of bank deposits and after that excitement is over – you still need to deal with new a new corporate culture, new managers, a new team, a new commute, new files and huge changes. And one big question – will you be doing the same job but paid way more money? Were you underpaid or is there high turnover where you are headed? Try to get as much upfront information as you can before you leap. Money is good, but not worth it if it’s you that is sizzling instead of the new job.
2) You’re Bored
Okay, so you like the job you’ve got, you like your boss, your friends and customers are all good and the commute works…but ho-hum? But you want more challenge? What does more challenge mean to you? It’s a good idea to analyze what challenge is to you – because it’s a different meaning for some than it is for others. Can you “speak” it?
Once you’re clear about what your kind of challenge means – sit down with your supervisor and see if there is more you can take on. If there isn’t and you do make a move, it won’t be a surprise to your employer and your references from them will be even better for your efforts.
3) There are Big Changes at Work
Has your company been sold or has there been a big shakeup? Maybe your manager has moved on to a new company and is offering you a job to come on over? I agree the grass always looks better on the other side of the fence and I also love new and exciting things. But some times it works to first play “what if” before you jump in. What if your manager doesn’t like the new position and moves on? Where would that leave you? Are you tagged as a jumper and have to move again?
Use some caution before tying your career to somebody else’s star – if it right for you? That’s what matters.
4) Your Company Has Been Sold
Whenever there is a major takeover, there are rumours of doom and gloom and people head for the door. Change isn’t comfortable but with change comes new opportunities. If you leave now, are you leaving your settlement payout behind? Make sure you’ve got the big picture, the whole story before you make that knee jerk move. You might be missing out on a better job than the one you had before the company changed hands. Bottom line, insurance people are always in demand. Take your time – either way it shakes down – you’re going to be just fine.
5) You Aren’t Interested in Upgrading Your Education
Have you noticed that Education has been “trending” with Insurance Companies and Brokers for the last few years? The focus now is get your CAIB, get your CIP, get your CRM, etc. If you just have the basics and can’t/won’t upgrade, think very carefully about accepting that shiny new job at a broker or company that focuses on education for their employees. Sure they’ll hire you today with your basics because they need you and you’re the best they can find now.
But in 6 months or a year, they’ll be standing at your desk asking you when you are writing your next exam. Then what? You’ll be given a timeline to complete it and if you don’t, are you surprised you are out the door? An employer focused on education when they hire you is going to stay that way – you won’t be the exception for long. If you aren’t prepared to upgrade, think about it before you set yourself up to fail.
6) Your Best Work Buddy Got A New Job
All the talk is about how great it’s going to be – they are moving on and up! And you’re feeling what? Envious? Left behind in this same old boring job? Before you decide hey, what about me – just stop and think about it. How did you feel about your job the day before your buddy told you they had a new job. Satisfied? Happy with what you do? It’s not about “don’t move”.
It’s about moving for your sake, because it’s the best thing for you and your career. Maybe this is the kick you needed to start your own search, and just maybe you’re playing copycat because to this change feels like everything is changing. It’s your career and your life -if you are going to change jobs, let’s make it about you!
7) One Person at Work Makes You Crazy
This is one of the biggest reasons I hear that people want to change jobs. Candidates tell me there is one difficult person they work with and they want out. Is it a manager you don’t get along with or one of your team mates? The easiest solution is just move. There is only one problem with that.
Wherever you go, there always seems to be one person who makes us crazy. Maybe they don’t pull their weight and do their share of the work. Maybe they have annoying personal habits or they are inappropriately critical. Whatever it is – you are on your last nerve. Here’s your bigger problem. Every job requires conflict resolution skills.
Think about whether you are aiding your problem or can you be part of the solution. To get a change we usually have to change. Is an attitude shift all it would take? Can you sit down with this person and a third-party and work out a solution? There is no reason one person should drive you out of a job that’s working for you. You’ll be surprised how making an effort to work this out can make all the difference.
That’s it! If you want to find a “shiny new job” let’s make sure it’s really about you and your career! Don’t forget to check out Big Dreams – Insurance Career Opportunities at Coastline Insurance Personnel.
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