It’s been said that with the new generation entering the workforce lots of common traditions are being uplifted. For example, our fathers and their fathers before them usually, typically stayed at their job until retirement. You know, like 30+ years at the same desk with the same company.
Current studies show that millennials (anyone born between the years 1980-1995) can barely stay focused on a video that lasts more than 1:46 or listen to a new song that lasts more than 2:15. This idea of keeping the same job for thirty years is simply not something the new, current generation will do. Companies now are observing a trend in employment. Most new hires straight from college keep their first job on average for two years and then move on to the next best thing. It’s in our DNA at this point. Ever since we’ve grown up there has always been a trend of ‘the-next-best-thing.’ First it was the Tamagotchi, then the Furbys, Gameboy and then (gasp!) cellphones. Technological innovations have spurred all around us and with new updates every couple of years, it is natural for us to imagine the new, best thing especially when it comes to our lives.
Now that we are moving a little bit away from the hiring freeze, it’s still important to be grateful for the job that allows you to attend the weekly margarita happy hour down the street. Just because you want the next best thing, doesn’t mean that you should drop the good thing you have now. You don’t want it to be worse, you want it to be better. We all know the iPhone 6 is coming but that doesn’t mean you would drop the iPhone you have now down the drain.
The following are tips to guide you to your next, best career choice without triggering the firing squad
1. Subtle and Quiet
You might have already made friends at this new job and their nice enough to not tell your boss about your margarita dances but it is wise to not communicate your job search to anyone. Well, moms and significant others along with pets don’t count but anyone who is related to your job should not know about your job search until you’ve actually been hired. Always remember that you want to be the first person communicating to your supervisor about any changes concerning employment and not the girl you have met once who casually mentioned it over a morning bagal. It’s your personal decision, keep it personal.
2. Keep your Job Search at Home
You might think the google ‘incognito’ feature works at your work computer but it does not. You might here and there access the Facebook or browse Pinterest but remember that your work computer belongs to the company and they have full access to it. All of it. Including browsing history and recent searches. Some companies out there are a bit scary with policing what their employees are up to during working hours, they might be monitoring internet usage and you do not want to be the person whose browsing history shows nothing but job searching. This also applies to filling out application. Most of them are long and tedious and require full concentration. Closing the browser window every time someone walks by or comes to ask you a question does not ensure a great application is being submitted.
Most job applications ask for references. Most fill-in applications have a clause that reads: “Is it oky for us to contact your current employer?” That is where you mark ‘no.’ Unless you have an exceedingly open and honest relationship with your employer, like you guys worked together on a start-up or they happen to be your aunt or older sibling, don’t tell them that you are looking in other places. Most companies have a policy about handling employees leaving and as long as you haven’t signed a life-binding contract, you’ll be okay. It does suck that currently your best reference is the one you are working for, but remember in the future they might be a great reference. You don’t want to be replaceable until you can be.
4. Quitting Time
Depending on your current situation sometimes it’s tempting to pull an epic move and slam the door behind you while screaming obscenities and unplugging all the office computers as you leave. But in this day and age of LinkedIn, the Facebook and all the other social media out there, you want to leave with dignity and poise without a black mark on your profiles. Now is the time to face the facts and communicate to your supervisor IN PERSON about your decision. If they happen to be a busy supervisor, email them a friendly ‘Hey, do you have time to talk in the next couple days’ and put in your notice. Most places require a two week notice so be sure to allot that time before you start your new job. This is a great time to leave a wonderful impression to ensure a great reference in the future. Let your employer know that you are super grateful to them for hiring you right after college with zero experience. Use those two weeks to wrap up any projects and communicate with everyone that you are leaving and provide them with appropriate forwarding contacts.
It’s important to not freak out and become depressed if no one calls you back. It’s a search not a one-way flight to Cancun. Remember, you have a job anyway so at least your still making that money!
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