Three Questions To Ask Yourself If You’re Thinking About Quitting Your Job

New year, new job is the tune most people start to sing around this time of year.

And while I’m the number one advocate for leveling up and going after the life and career you deserve, the job hunt is not for the doubtful or uncertain.

When you’re not sure whether you should stick it out or run for the hills, you end up with one foot in and one foot out: kind of trying to impress your boss and kind of searching around for something better – that limbo dance is rarely ever effective.

So, before your write down, “Get new job” on your New Year’s resolution list, it’s worth asking yourself these three questions so that you can go into your job hunt 100% committed, without any hesitation.

The right questions to ask before you start your job hunt.

1. Have I stayed at this company long enough to make an impact?

How long have you been working there? Have you been there long enough to make a difference? Have you given yourself enough time to rack up accomplishments or deliver results? Have you developed all the skills you need to succeed in your position?

It’s easy to want to jump ship the moment you feel unhappy or dissatisfied at work. But, if you were to update your resume today with your current position, would you be able to relay the achievements and contributions you’ve made in your position thus far?

If the answer is no, you’ve probably haven’t been in your position long enough. Or, quite frankly, you probably haven’t done enough.

Especially if you desire to land a more senior position in your current industry, you can’t attain more, if you haven’t developed and refined your skills at your current level.

If you know you haven’t made the most out of your current position, it may be time to shift your perspective. Instead of focusing on the exit sign, start evaluating the components that you need to improve and look for ways to develop in those areas, then focus on doing those things consistently and effectively. Search for ways that you can make a difference. Take initiative. Work on creating a list of achievements you can add to your resume so that when you do leave, you can have something to show for your experience.

However, if you’ve been at your company for some time, if you can count on your fingers and toes the results you’ve brought to the table, and if you’ve started to take on responsibilities outside of the scope of your current position, then these may be signs that you’re ready to switch gears and start your job hunt, especially if you’re itching to do something else.

2. Is there still room for me to grow at this company?

Is there a promotion on the horizon? Does that promotion excite you? On a scale of 1-10, how certain are you that you can land that promotion, considering your skill set, accomplishments, office politics, and other formal and informal rules and circumstances? Do you like the career path that senior leaders and others have taken in your company to get to where they are today?

If there’s still room for you to grow in your company in a way that excites you and empowers you to become your best self, then rather than scrolling through Indeed on your lunch break, it may be worth going above and beyond to pursue that path.

This could mean seeking that promotion or going after a lateral move – a position with the same or similar title and salary, on a different team or in a different department in the company.

However, if your company is ridden with office politics, favoritism, and other things that leave a funny feeling in your stomach, then it may be time to consider other avenues for growth, at a different company.

Even more so, if you’ve reached the point where you can say, “Yes, I may be able to grow here, but I’m not happy with my career and would rather do something else,” don’t hold on to what’s no longer for you. Start your job search in pursuit for something better.

3. Does this company and position still align with the career goals I have for myself?

 

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25 cities adding (and losing) the most jobs in 2017

 

Here is a look at the five cities adding and losing the most jobs in 2017.

 

2017 may stand out for many events and developments, and among them is the exceptional year turned in by the labor market. For one, U.S. unemployment dropped to 4.1% in October, the lowest since December 2000.

Barring a massive exodus of workers from the labor force, falling unemployment almost always reflects increased hiring, which in turn bodes well for the economy. But while national conditions are favorable, trends vary substantially across the country, and not all local economies have been doing as well.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed monthly metro area employment figures in 2017 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From January through October, employment — the number of Americans currently employed — rose by 1.2%. Employment rose faster over that period in 187 of the nation’s 388 metro areas. It declined in 78 metro areas.

Most of the cities adding the most jobs in 2017 reported uninterrupted employment increases over the course of the year, but this was not always the case. Both Yuma, Arizona and Corvallis, Oregon reported among the largest employment increases this year, yet had some fairly dramatic employment fluctuations. In Yuma, for example, seasonally adjusted employment levels dropped for four consecutive months in the summer before rising again in September and October.

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Similarly, while the trend in most cities losing the most jobs was one of steady decline, in several job changes were somewhat erratic. Employment in the St. Joseph metro area, on the border of Montana and Kansas, for example, surged in July before dropping in October.

 

 

25 cities adding the most jobs in 2017

 

 

 

1. Bellingham, WA Employment change: 5,609 (+5.5%) Jan. 2017 employment: 102,069 Oct. 2017 employment: 107,678 Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.5% Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+16.9% employment chg.)  

 

25 cities adding the most jobs in 2017

 

Cities adding the most jobs

25. Janesville-Beloit, Wisc.

Employment change: 2,826 (+3.5%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 80,978

Oct. 2017 employment: 83,804

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.4%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+11.5% employment chg.)

24. Corvallis, Ore.

Employment change: 1,627 (+3.6%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 45,537

Oct. 2017 employment: 47,164

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.3% (lowest 25%)

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+8.3% employment chg.)

23. Yuma, Ariz.

Employment change: 2,883 (+3.6%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 79,504

Oct. 2017 employment: 82,387

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 17.4% (highest 10%)

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+4.5% employment chg.)

22. Johnson City, Tenn.

Employment change: 3,147 (+3.7%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 84,679

Oct. 2017 employment: 87,826

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.6%

Strongest sector: Government (+11.1% employment chg.)

21. Chattanooga, Tenn.-Ga.

Employment change: 9,377 (+3.8%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 249,982

Oct. 2017 employment: 259,359

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.5%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+8.2% employment chg.)

20. Eugene, Ore.

Employment change: 6,475 (+3.8%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 172,152

Oct. 2017 employment: 178,627

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.6%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+13.7% employment chg.)

19. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.-Wash.

Employment change: 46,621 (+3.8%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 1,230,028

Oct. 2017 employment: 1,276,649

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.2%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+19.4% employment chg.)

18. Bremerton-Silverdale, Wash.

Employment change: 4,366 (+3.9%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 111,618

Oct. 2017 employment: 115,984

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.6%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+7.1% employment chg.)

17. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla.

Employment change: 6,466 (+4.1%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 158,952

Oct. 2017 employment: 165,418

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.4%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+9.1% employment chg.)

16. Auburn-Opelika, Ala.

Employment change: 2,938 (+4.2%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 70,002

Oct. 2017 employment: 72,940

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.1% (lowest 25%)

Strongest sector: Government (+10.9% employment chg.)

15. Bend-Redmond, Ore.

Employment change: 3,684 (+4.2%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 87,205

Oct. 2017 employment: 90,889

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.2%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+22.8% employment chg.)

 

14. Morristown, TN Employment change: 2,043 (+4.2%) Jan. 2017 employment: 48,359 Oct. 2017 employment: 50,402 Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.6% Strongest sector: Education and health services (+14.5% employment chg.)  (Photo: Home4tnindustry / Wikimedia Commons)

 

14. Morristown, Tenn.

Employment change: 2,043 (+4.2%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 48,359

Oct. 2017 employment: 50,402

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.6%

Strongest sector: Education and health services (+14.5% employment chg.)

13. Olympia-Tumwater, Wash.

Employment change: 5,548 (+4.4%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 125,170

Oct. 2017 employment: 130,718

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.7%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+18.8% employment chg.)

12. Longview, Wash.

Employment change: 1,885 (+4.5%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 41,617

Oct. 2017 employment: 43,502

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 5.6% (highest 25%)

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+6.5% employment chg.)

11. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.

Employment change: 43,392 (+4.6%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 949,989

Oct. 2017 employment: 993,381

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 2.4% (lowest 10%)

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+7.2% employment chg.)

 

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5 job trends to watch for in 2018

The job market is healthy but changing.

While some industries and many individuals continue to struggle, 2017 saw the job market get even stronger.

Unemployment reached record lows and despite two major hurricanes and an uncertain political landscape, the economy added 1.9 million new jobs as of November.

 

In some professions (though not all), this has led to what could be described as a war for talent. That’s true in some technology jobs, healthcare, e-commerce, and key professional services, according to data from Glassdoor. In fact, as the year comes to a close, the jobs and recruiting site reported that there are a record 6.1 million open jobs in the United States today.

That does not mean the labor market is all good or in any way stagnant. The types of workers needed has begun to change. That’s something Glassdoor’s Chief Economist Andrew Chamberlain addresses in the company’s What’s Ahead for Jobs? Five Disruptions to Watch in 2018 report.

 

“Although the nation’s labor market is strong heading into 2018, average wages for many remain stubbornly flat and a stark divide remains in who benefits from continued job growth, with tech skills earning a premium and many other jobs facing significant changes with the rise of AI and automation,” said Chamberlain.

 

What five trends are on tap?

If you are currently in the workforce or plan to enter it or change jobs in 2018, there are some things you need to know. Not all of these will have an immediate impact in the new year. Some will take time while others are already becoming evident.

 

 

AI is changing the future of work: In 2017 we began to see hints of this with fast food chains adding ordering kiosks and warehouses using automated order pickers. This trend will accelerate in the coming year.

Modernization of mobile job applications: In general, while it’s possible to apply for some jobs from a mobile device, it’s not practical. That’s going to change as companies create tools to reflect how people use devices.

Job growth in healthcare, technology, and labor-intensive roles: As the U.S. population ages, demand for healthcare workers will increase. Technology job growth has already started and labor-intensive jobs — specifically ones that don’t make sense to automate — will grow as well.

Increased transparency in the application and interview process:

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5 ways to turn a temp job into a permanent one

 

Didn’t get that full-time offer? Take a temp job instead. It could become permanent if you do things right.

If you’ve been hired for a temporary role, you should know that you’re in good company. Over a given year, nearly 15 million temporary and contract workers are hired across the U.S.

The problem, of course, is that being a temp worker often means losing out on key benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, and job security. The good news? If you approach things strategically, you can turn a temporary job into a permanent role. Here’s how.

  1. Come in with a great attitude

You’ll find that a lot of people who get hired as temps make it clear to their employers that they’re not particularly happy to be there. After all, it’s hard to stay motivated when you’re only looking at a few months’ worth of employment at best. On the other hand, if you start off your temp gig with a positive attitude and manage to maintain it throughout, you’ll send the message that you’re the type of person who can roll with the punches, and who’s willing to make an effort even when the upside isn’t great or guaranteed. And that could lead a manager to hire you when a role becomes available, or fight to turn yours into a permanent one.

 

  1. Network within your company

It’s said that networking is perhaps the most important factor in landing a job, and that applies to situations where you’re already working, albeit not permanently. If you really want to increase your chances of getting hired full-time, make a point of mingling with other teams and getting to know key players at your company. This way, you’ll have more people saying good things about you when you see about permanent employment.

 

  1. Explore different areas of the business

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4 ways to get a raise for 2018

 

Aside from higher pay, most of the top 5 appear to have average amounts of stress and a fairly average work-life balance.

There’s nothing like a pay increase to ring in the new year. Here’s how to score one.

 


Hoping for a raise going into 2018? You’re not alone.

Most of us could use more money, whether it’s to pay the bills, save for a specific milestone, or have a little extra breathing room for emergencies.

The good news is that most large companies plan to give out raises for 2018, according to consulting firm Willis Towers Watson. Furthermore, the average increase will be somewhere in the ballpark of 3%, which, if you’re earning $60,000 at present, will put another $1,800 in your pocket next year, minus taxes.

Still, just because many employers will be dishing out pay increases doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to get one. If you want to improve your chances of seeing a larger paycheck in 2018, here are a few key moves to make this month.

  1. Volunteer for something big

Whether you volunteer to drive a new marketing campaign or do that research report nobody wants to do, going above and beyond toward the end of the year is a good way to secure a raise for 2018. After all, if the fact that you’re stepping up is fresh in your boss’s mind, he or she is more likely to consider giving you a pay increase.

 

What if there’s no major assignment to jump on? It’s simple — invent your own. Come up with a proposal for an initiative that will better the business, and offer to be the one to spearhead it. This will show your boss that you’re thinking big and aren’t afraid to take on new challenges, which will hopefully work to your advantage moneywise.

  1. Get a major assignment done ahead of schedule

If you want to prove that you’re worthy of a raise, you’ll need to do a good job of delivering on the tasks you’re responsible for. But if you really want to increase your chances, don’t just aim to meet deadlines. Rather, get your assignments done well in advance, so much so that your boss can’t help but take notice. This especially holds true for major projects that others are depending on.

 

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Senior Software Engineering Director 

Job Code (02444166)

Location:   Austin, TX

Fee: 15%

Salary:       $130,000.00 – $170,000.00

Full Benefits:      Yes

Relo Exp: Yes

Comp Comments: Relocation assistance possible for the ideal candidate.

 

Job Description

We are in need of a Senior Director of Software Engineer for a direct-hire opportunity in Austin, TX.

 

Job Duties

 

·       Provide strong technical leadership to major projects as well as manage teams of engineers.

·       Build and scale infrastructure; construct algorithms and new distributed protocols.

·       Oversee the work of talented, cross-functional teams to strategically plan, design and develop infrastructure solutions to help drive continual growth.

·       Contribute substantively to technical architecture decisions for site projects and lead efforts to build and maintain an extremely large scale software services platform.

·       Recruit and retain top tier engineers, hire and mentor tech leaders, and provide career development and professional growth for talented engineers and managers.

 

 

Required Skills

 

·       Experience with commercial software development.

·       Good understanding of algorithms, data structures, performance optimization techniques, and object-oriented programming.

·       Experience working on advertising systems.

·       Relevant experience in leadership roles within engineering organizations and recruiting senior engineers.

·       Proficiency in Java/J2EE and C/C++/C# technologies.

 

 

Required Qualifications

 

·       Bachelor’s Degree.

·       Candidates need to be Directors, Senior Directors, Exec Directors of SWE or even VPs at smaller companies willing to take a Sr Director title.

·       MUST be eligible to work in the U.S. WITHOUT sponsorship.

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MBB – Operational Excellence Lead 

Job Code  (02453732)

Location:    Greensboro, NC

Salary:        $110,000.00 – $135,000.00

Full Benefits:        Yes

Interview Exp:     Yes

Relo Exp:   Yes

Comp Comments:          15% bonus

 

C06, M23, M61, C12, OPERATE, 6-SIGMA, LEAN-MFG

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Industries

CHEMICAL, AGRICHEM

 

Job Description

Join a chemical world leader as the Operational Excellence Lead in support of business and operational development, transformation, and improvement initiatives. Participate on the Corporate team as a Six Sigma MBB to strategically initiate and implement Change Management and Operational Excellence.

 

Responsibilities:

 

— Participate as a member of a global Center of Operational Excellence, develop a high proficiency in Operational Excellence methodology and act as an expert in the techniques and approach.

— Build Operational Excellence capability by leading initiatives that use the methodology in high priority company projects and target areas.

— Coach leaders, teams and colleagues to develop their knowledge and capability to use Operational Excellence in their own areas.

— Play an active role in the Operational Excellence community, drive the development of capabilities and improve the Operational Excellence methodology.

 

Qualifications:

 

— Bachelor’s degree, master’s preferred with 10-20 years as MBB with Operational Excellence/ Change Management experience.

— Professional operational excellence: Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Shingo philosophy trained, and Lean & Manufacturing Specialist

— US Citizen or Permanent Resident (green card) required.

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R&D Tax Credits Senior Director

 

 

Location

NYC, NY

Salary

$75,000 – $200,000

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Feb 14, 2017

TOP 50 CPA Firm – NYC/Boston – Salary Commensurate with Experience

 

·        Our client offers unparalleled diversity, continuous challenges, advancement opportunities, and the support necessary for both personal and professional development.

·        Be part of a smaller but growing practice, entrepreneurial & very profitable practice.

·        Outstanding benefits package includes health insurance options, 401K, life insurance coverage, and generous vacation time/paid time off.

·        Note from the Hiring Manager

 

Looking for Seniors (2-3 years’ experience) to Directors (10-12 years’ experience) must come from a dedicated R&D tax role.

 

Position Summary

 

·        Seeking R&D Tax candidates to review and help grow the practice. In this role, you will need excellent communication skills as well as the ability to effectively interact with all levels of firm management and staff, clients and other external business contacts.

 

·        Minimum Education & Experience

·        Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field is required.    

·        License in CPA and/or J.D./LL.M. Taxation preferred.

·        Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to evaluate and articulate complex information.

·        Strong computer skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office.

 

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Plant Controller

 

Location

Jackson, TN

Salary

$85,000 – $95,000

 

Date

Feb 14, 2017

Position Summary

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The plant controller functions as a business partner with plant and financial management to effectively manage and control the local business. Leads the financial staff at the plant and is accountable for plant-level responsibilities including general accounting, payables, order entry, billing, cost accounting, bill of materials, business analysis, financial reporting, sales management, and computer operations. Will also liaison with corporate financial staff, as required.

 

Essential Functions

·        Prepare monthly reports of results, monthly forecasts, annual operating plan, and strategic planning

·        Responsible for internal controls at the plant for operations, sales and finance.

·        Analyze and accurately report current month’s financial results to the plant, sales, and corporate management in accordance with corporate format and time requirements.

·        Submit all financial transactions, transmissions, and reporting on a timely and accurate basis.

·        Ensure accuracy of the physical inventory and reported results. Investigate and explain book to physical adjustments.

·        Perform audits of bills of materials to ensure product costs are accurate and accounted for properly. Report audit results monthly.

·        Ensure timely and accurate input of bill of material and price code changes.

·        Ensure bill of material and costing accurately reflect production operations.

·        Maintain a perpetual inventory for finished goods and reconcile this perpetual to production, shipping, and returns on a daily basis.

·        Attend daily plant production meetings.

·        Perform daily walkthroughs of the plant with the General Manager to discuss production and costing issues.

·        Review labor reporting and cost, material costs, manufacturing overhead, distribution cost, returns and inventory levels.

·        Conduct formal meetings with manufacturing, finance and sales management personnel to discuss all plant issues. Develop and publish a formal agenda and

·        recap with actions to be taken.

·        Document and understand ERP/MRP systems, hardware, and reporting conventions and serve as the on-site IT expert.

·        Analyze potential excess and obsolete inventory items monthly.

·        Reconcile all inter-company accounts monthly.

·        Analyze internal controls to ensure assets are adequately safeguarded and results are accurately reported.

·        Assure adherence to Generally Accepted Accounting Policies. Resolve questions of GAAP and internal controls with corporate financial management.

·        Assist in the completion of special projects.

·        Preferred Education and Experience

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AUTOSAR Embedded Software Engineer

 

 

Location

Farmington Hills, MI

Salary

$75,000 – $92,000

 

Feb 05, 2017

AUTOSAR Embedded Software Engineer 

 

Description

Our client, a name-brand developer of automotive embedded systems and communication tools, is looking for an Embedded Software Engineer to join their AUTOSAR development team. 

·        In this position, you will work directly with OEM clients to gather requirements, adapt software for new chips and configurations, validate software, and maintain updates.  You’ll be in a high-profile position, working on next generation technology.  Other responsibilities include:

·        Understanding and guiding customers in their use of embedded products as well as supporting customers through all aspects of the product lifecycle (requirement, design, development, validation, and production).

·        Work closely with the customer to further implement and configure AUTOSAR embedded software used in electronic control modules including customer specific software needs.

·        Diagnose, troubleshoot, and support AUTOSAR (MICROSAR) embedded software system (e.g. OS, RTE, BSW modules) as well as application software components.

·        Liaison with customers and silicon vendors throughout the software development process.

·        Meet with customers on a regular basis to develop positive, long-term, relationships.

·        Develop customer training courseware and provide instruction in classroom and workshop environments.

 

·        This is a growing, globally recognized company in the automotive embedded sector.  They pride themselves on their positive work culture, growth opportunities, and engineering-centric focus.

 

 

Qualifications

BSEE/CE and 2+ years of experience in automotive embedded software development.

 

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