Is Now The Right Time To Ask For A Pay Increase?
Over this last year has your job increased in times of its remit and responsibilities? Have you found that you are taking on additional activities but yet your pay has not changed? Is the frustration of doing more for the same amount of pay beginning to wear on you and there is a sense of resentment creeping in? However, then you look around you and friends and family members are being furloughed or even made redundant and you start to feel ashamed for being ungrateful?
When it is ok to ask for a pay review and what should you consider when putting your request forward?
How do you virtually network to develop your career?
People can be a great source of support when we are faced with uncertainty when we find ourselves working in unfamiliar settings and circumstances. People can be instrumental in finding our next career move and helping us make the transition, but how do we achieve networking for our career development when we find ourselves working from home?
Meeting colleagues in the coffee queue, connections by chance, listening to colleagues across the desk, all those ad-hoc meetups have been placed on hold as we enter our third lockdown here in the UK. Many people are once again forced to work from home which makes the building or expanding of our support networks more challenging. So how do you virtually build a community raising your profile and exploring potential career opportunities?
What is causing your career plateau?
In our careers and life, in general, we will have times when we are working towards goals, maybe it’s buying a house, working towards a promotion or studying and other times when we perhaps feel as though we are going through a quiet period when we take time to just be and enjoy the fruits of our labour. But sometimes quiet periods or plateaus can bring negative feelings such as dissatisfaction and boredom. To the outside world, everything may seem fine, and perhaps the job isn’t that bad, but something is missing or there is some frustration brewing.
When is a career plateau more than a quiet period? When the feelings we have are causing us emotional and/or physical distress it is time to take action. But what action we take will depend on what is driving these negative emotions. If we can uncover the reason we are feeling this way then we can be clearer about an effective course of action.
Here are 6 common reasons people feel frustrated in their careers and my recommendation for how to move forward.
How to promote your career success without appearing arrogant.
Striking the balance between promoting our success without coming across as bragging is something many of us struggle with, whether we are a solopreneur or working in a large corporate. Here are my top tips on how to share your success without appearing arrogant.
12 Ways To Stay Motivated In A Job You Can't Leave ...Yet
When we have made the decision to change our careers but are still working through the transition, it can be hard to maintain motivation. This period in between can be challenging as we struggle to be present in our jobs (often keeping our intentions secret) while collecting the final pieces of the jigsaw which will enable us to write the resignation letter and say adios!
Here are my top 12 ways to maintain motivate in a career you want to leave.
Get heard at your performance review.
Go on be honest how much preparation do you put in for that end of year performance review meeting? Maybe it’s on the way into work that morning, or in the shower – it’s amazing what you can solve while rinsing out the shampoo! Maybe you feel that the process is all a sham and not worth your time because your manager and you don’t see eye to eye and/or won’t give you the performance rating you feel you deserve.
But imagine for a moment that you could influence the performance rating your manager gives you which in turn impacts your annual review, potential bonus, and career opportunities. Wouldn’t it be worth an hour of your time to prepare, don’t you owe yourself that?
And this year it is even more important that you take time to think about what you want and need to get out of this meeting
Why Career Changes Don't Work
Have you tried to take your career in a different direction but ended up back where you were or even made your change but found that it hasn’t resolved the problem? Others around you have managed to move into something else that makes them happier, maybe even started their own business so why can’t you?
Are you ready to get on the career change escalator?
Last week I watched a little girl petrified of climbing onto the escalator, her fear of getting herself caught in the mechanics of the machine swallowing her up was very real to her. She wanted to avoid it but knew that the toy floor was one level higher and filled with many exciting delights.
This made me think of the career change process. Knowing you want to go somewhere else, to reach a new destination filled with wonder and promise, because your current destination is no longer attractive, it’s not offering you want you need and or want. Maybe you’ve tried to make compromises or slight adjustments, even convincing yourself that it will do. But how long is making do acceptable?
5 Questions To Figure Out Your Next Career Move
It can be miserable when you find yourself in a job that is no longer working for you. I know I’ve been there. To everybody else, it may seem as though you are crazy to consider something else, but they aren’t walking in your shoes. However, knowing what else you can do instead that will bring you greater fulfillment and happiness can be the very thing that keeps you stuck. I said it myself ‘until I know what else to do I will stay.’ Finding that clarity takes work and to help you get started here are five questions to start to uncover a career that will work for you.
How can I tell if this career move will be right for me?
This is one of the big questions that has the potential to hold us back in our decision-making process when considering a career opportunity. We want to know that the move is going to make our lives better and that we will flourish in our next career. While we can’t ever have 100% certainty there are several things we can do to help us gain more insight into whether this career move will prove to be the right one.