As regular Can’t Swing a Cat readers will probably know, earlier this year I quit my job without another one to go to. Handing in my notice was the best feeling ever and now I’m super happy and in a job I enjoy. And guess what? I want you to quit the job you hate too. Let me explain why…
I don’t know about you but whether I’m feeling like an impostor, self-censoring my own tweets because I don’t want to appear too opinionated, or apologising for existing, I often feel like I’m the poster girl for the overly polite working woman stereotype. I triple and quadruple check my emails before sending them, painstakingly analysing every word. I play down my own achievements. I often criticise myself and point out my flaws so that other people can’t be the first to do it themselves. I’m ambitious, hard working, intelligent and creative. But I’m also overly conscientious, a little bit of a worrier and a wannabe people-pleaser. I want to be successful but I don’t want to be threatening or rude or *gasp* bossy in the process. Heaven forbid!
Job hopping has long been considered the ultimate career sin, with many employers and recruiters saying it can have an impact on the way they perceive a potential candidate.
Although I would never label myself a ‘job hopper’, I’ve worked at three different companies in the last 12 months. I had good reasons to switch between each job but I can see why some people with more traditional attitudes to workplace loyalty would accuse me of hopping around. Some people might consider three jobs in the space of a year to be career suicide but it’s had numerous benefits for me.
Job hopping has long been considered the ultimate career sin, with countless employers and recruiters citing it as one of the primary reasons candidates get turned down for a job. However, while it may have once been the norm for workers to stay with the same employer for the majority of their career, such loyalty is no longer a realistic option for many.
As great as it can be to sell your old clothes on eBay and walk your neighbour’s dog in exchange for cash, there’s no denying that one of the best ways to boost your income on a consistent basis involves getting a pay rise.
Unfortunately, though you may daydream about getting called into the boss’ office and offered an extra £5,000 a year, the chances of that actually happening are very slim. So if you believe you deserve a pay rise, you’re going to have to ask for it. In this post I’ll share a few tips to help you take on the daunting experience of asking for a raise.