14 Reasons to Quit Your Job

It’s no secret that any enjoyment to be had out of the 9-5 goes when you are unhappy with your current position. If you’ve ever felt like you need to move on to pastures new, you will know the chore of having to start a job search and the dread of having to hand in your resignation letter to your boss all too well

These are just two of the reasons why some employees stay complacent in their role despite their heart just not quite being in it. Why stay in something which doesn’t fulfil you if you know you can do much better for yourself? Grinding out the same old routine to make a wage can lead to dissatisfaction and even depression in the long run.

In the United States alone, two million people a month quit their jobs to move onto more promising opportunities and that figure is only rising. Here are 10 compelling reasons why you should quit your job and advance your career too.

1. Staying is making you unhappy

It could be said that a life isn’t much of one if there’s a work-related cloud hanging over you which follows you into your personal life. It might be time to find a position which makes you excited to get up in the morning and reflects positively on you as a person outside of the office.

2. Internal conflicts

Arguments are commonplace in the workplace if morale is low and personalities clash. If you feel like a poor relationship with a co-worker is going to affect your performance and happiness, there’s no shame in walking away and finding somewhere else to work. Just be careful about mentioning this in your interview for your new job

3. Lack of opportunities

Any career-minded person is never satisfied with their position, no matter how high up the ladder they are. However, if you’re on the bottom rungs and there are plenty of people above you, it could be better to find somewhere else where you might be able to advance.

4. Your opinion constantly falls on flat ears

There isn’t much more frustrating for a professional than having their suggestions disregarded and outright ignored. Why not take these ideas to another company and see what comes of it? Not only will you have the satisfaction of being valued but you will also find yourself out of a rut.

5. Your dream job might not come around more than once

Life is all about opportunities. Just because you think you might not have enough qualifications or experience to land your dream job, it doesn’t mean that your interviewer will see it the same way. Don’t let complacency in your current role stop you from bettering yourself personally and professionally.

6. You’re aboard a sinking ship

Keep hearing whisperings about your current company landing themselves in trouble? Rather than counting down the days until your severance packet lands on your desk, it could be an astute move to start chasing interviews elsewhere. Nobody will blame you for wanting to move on.

7. No change in wage

If there’s been no mention of your wage being re-evaluated, there’s a chance that it might only creep up incrementally each year and nothing more. Should you think that a better opportunity is out there with a more lucrative salary that matches your skills, you should go for it.

8. All work and no play

Feeling cooped up within the same colour neutral four walls? You could be better suite to a job with a more hands-on nature to it or a position where there’s plenty of variety to enjoy. Cabin fever is not something that you won’t to go to the doctor for – free yourself and rediscover your love of the morning.

9. Constant criticism

There isn’t much that can compare to the frustration of constant nitpicking and criticism from your superiors, even when you know you’ve done things correctly. Turning things into a personal issue is a trait of bad managers and you would be better off without them. No doubt your next manager will be much more effusive of your work.

10. The stress is getting to you

If you work in a high-pressure environment, there is absolutely no shame in admitting that it’s overwhelming you. Whether it’s the manager forcing too many tasks on you or you’re trying to stabilise a sinking ship, putting yourself through stress each day of the working week will be bad for your health and happiness.

11. Your performance is suffering

Your mental wellbeing can affect you in many different way, including professionally. Feeling stifled and inadequate will invariably be reflected in your output so it might be better for everyone involved if you begin to look elsewhere. The excitement of finding a new job might spur you on to improve on your skills.

12. You are being abused by a co-worker

Feeling threatened by your colleagues either physically or verbally? As well as reporting to those in charge, you might want to start looking for a job elsewhere in case they aren’t reprimanded. You should also consider whether a company that hires that type of person is a right fit for you.

13. Your family needs to come first

Find yourself working too hard and seeing those that matter to you too little? If you can accommodate a step down in pay for your budget, you could be better suited to a job on less hours with less responsibilities and more chances to spend time with your family. If you have a partner who’s currently out of work, having you both on similar hours could make up the deficit.

14. Life is too short

Unless you’re in a dream job and living the high life, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t aspire for better things. Your working career is relatively short so why not discover a new role, learn something different and free yourself from the confines of your cubicle. You only live once.

10 Creative Ways To Stand Out From The Crowd

Job searching can be an emotional process. Anticipation, excitement, nervousness, disappointment and joy are all emotions likely experienced during the quest to land that dream job.

Then there’s the waiting and numbers game. On average graduates apply for 12 jobs before getting their first role, with one in four receiving no feedback whatsoever from unsuccessful applications. Even if you are lucky enough to receive a “thanks but no thanks”, that can take weeks.

Knowing there are often hundreds of job seekers vying for the same position, some candidates will do anything to stand out. So what are the most memorable methods job seekers have used to get noticed? Please be advised, this level of creativity can not only get you hired, but cost you the opportunity.

1. Advertise your CV at Waterloo

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22 year old marketing graduate, Alfred Ajani took the radical approach of standing at Waterloo station, holding up a sign advertising his CV.

Alfred, felt the need to stand out from the crowd, after applying for more than 300 positions after graduating.

He said “I got up early and went to the station. At first people just looked at me but after about ten minutes people starting stopping and talking. They said they’d never seen anything like it before and were really impressed.”

This unique method to job searching paid off, as he landed a Marketing and PR Projects Management position at recruitment firm The Astoria Group. Alfred’s new role involves searching for new talent as the company begins expansion.

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2. Spend your last £500 on a billboard

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Graduating in 2012, with a first class degree in media production, Adam Pacitti was still unemployed after 250 job applications.

Realising he needed to stand out from the crowd, he decided to rent a billboard and undertake a social media campaign around it.

The Employ Adam campaign resulted in 60 job offers, with his first wage packet more than covering the rent of a second billboard to say thanks to everyone that had helped, nice chap!

3. Chocoholic

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Possess “credentials that will satisfy any organisations appetite”? Nick Begley certainly did, offering “100 per cent daily value in leadership, creativity and business acumen” wrapped around a Nestle Crunch bar.

This innovative idea, obviously landed in the office of a chocolate lover, as Nick landed himself a marketing job with Sportsvite.

Personally I prefer beer.

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4. Everyone likes a bit of a theme right?

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Movie posters, Facebook profiles, Google search results and maps are just some of the themed CV ideas that landed interviews for top jobs.

5. Talk Directly

Video CV’s are not surprisingly becoming more common and also more creative.

Like many, digital strategist Matt Epstein wanted to work at Google and decided to stand out by inviting the team to his 14th century Parisian loveseat and to check out his CV.

Whether it was the loveseat or maybe just his CV, Matt was unsuccessful in his application, however did receive 1 million YouTube views, and 80 other job offers….cheers!

PR and social media consultant Graeme Anthony turns a perfectly normal CV video into something a little bit different by simply changing his attire.

With close to half a million views on YouTube, Graeme made the decision to go freelance and work for himself.

5. Part time casual, work can often lead to bigger and better things

Increasing tuition and living costs, often leads to students doing a little extra work on the side. Whether it’s waiting tables or serving drinks behind a bar, the chances are there will be opportunities to get chatting with business types.

SEO associate Reed Daw, did exactly that, talking about football, beer and anything to establish similarities with executives at the bar he worked at during his college years. Once he felt connected, he would dig deeper, asking what they did and explain he was soon to graduate. Reed’s chit chat paid off, landing him a marketing internship at start-up company Volusion.

6.Turn the tables

Turning the table with a reverse job application is a pretty cheeky move, but one that worked for Adam Horner. After months of an unsuccessful job hunt he decided to develop a website, which allowed employers to apply to him!

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This proactive approach paid off, landing Andrew a job at a fresh-thinking start up.

7. Does your potential employer Google themselves?

Executives may be a little too busy to read your resume, but a lot will find a few spare minutes in the day, to see what a search of themselves brings back.

Alec Brownstein took advantage of this self Google love, by using cheap Google ads targeting top executive names. Executives Google’d themselves and Alec’s ad would appear at the top of the search result.

It wasn’t long before this clever idea worked, resulting in the invitation to interview at Young and Rubicam and subsequently a job offer.

8. People love prizes

Unsuccessful in a conventional job search, Jon Kolbe decided the offer of a free HD video camera to anyone on Twitter who could help him find a job, may increase his chances.

It would appear that photography gifts are most definitely appreciated, as Jon is currently working as a director of operations at Affiniti Architects.

9. Put a spell on you

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It would appear that people are turning to the supernatural for a little voodoo help with their job search. Doktor Snake sells job spells for $120 to give job hopefuls a little spell up on their competition.

10. Forget the tough job market, sell advertising on your face instead!

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Ross Harper and Ed Moyse started Buy My Face in an attempt to skip the competitive job market and start their own creative business.

The two paint images and company logos on their faces and attend events and highly trafficked areas.

Who would have known such a simple yet innovative idea, would have resulted in so much business.

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25 Things to do After a Job Interview

With a dry mouth and a nervous handshake, you’ve just finished the job interview you’ve been worrying about for days. Now that it’s taken care of, the position is pretty much yours, right? Well not exactly.

If you’re unsure of how to conduct yourself after a nerve-racking interview, you aren’t alone. Many candidates neglect the little touches after you’ve left the meeting which can often be the clincher in the eyes of the employer.

So, with that in mind, here are 25 little things that could go a long way to making you the stand out candidate.

1. Send a thank you e-mail…

This is the most important thing to do once you’ve left an interview. Not only does it show gratitude but it also signifies to your prospective employer that you still have the position on your mind.

2. but don’t appear too overzealous.

If you don’t hear back from the interviewer straight away, there’s no reason to panic and send a follow-up email so soon after the first one. Wait a few days if you hear nothing back immediately.

3. Relax

You might have come across as a charming nervous mess in the interview but once it’s over be sure that you calm down, take a minute to take it all in and go about your day like it was any other.

4. Follow up if you’ve said you would

It’s hard to appear professional when you say one thing and do another. If you’ve told the interviewer that you will send more details the next morning, be sure that you do just that.

5. Research new information

Did you hear the interviewer bring something up which you found yourself nodding along to without actually understanding it? Google is your best friend here: make sure you plug any knowledge gaps for the possible follow-up interview.

6. Follow them on their social channels…

If you didn’t do this before the interview, make sure you do afterwards. This shows that you’re interested in the business and eager to learn more. Plus, it never hurts to give an extra ‘like’ out.

7. …but don’t go shouting about it.

Although you may be giddy with how the meeting went, following the business on Twitter and then tweeting them to let them know you think you aced it might not be the best approach.

8. Don’t forsake your current job

Interviewing for a new position to replace your current one? The worst thing to do is to go back to your place of work and act like it’s now beneath you. Get your head down and make sure your future reference glistens with positivity.

9. Use your contacts

If you have a close associate who knows the interviewer, it might not be the worst idea to ask them to put in a good word for you. LinkedIn is a great way to vouch for the skills and qualities of other professionals.

10. Forgot to mention something? No problem.

It’s human to err in an interview, especially when you’ve been put in the spotlight without an answer. Make mention of anything in your follow-up email that you might have forgotten under the pressure.

11. Don’t think the position as a sure thing.

Even if the interviewer laughed at all your quips and nodded approvingly at all your answers, you might not be the stand-out interviewee in their eyes. Keep looking for new jobs and don’t rest on your laurels as you wait to hear back.

12. Stay positive…

The interviewer told you that you’d hear back from them on Wednesday but it’s now Thursday. Keep your chin up, the job could still be yours – you never know what extraneous factor could be stopping them from picking up the phone.

13. …but know when to move on.

The interviewer told you that you’d hear back from them on Wednesday but it’s now the following Wednesday. It might be time to count this one as a loss and look ahead for the next opportunity.

14. Don’t get caught up in a lie.

Even if you claimed to have been an astronaut earlier in your career without thinking there would be any repercussions, one truthful reference could see your hopes dashed completely. Always tell the truth.

15. Don’t talk to the other candidates.

That guy sat anxiously shifting in his seat as you leave the interview room might look game for a chinwag, but you could actually be putting him off his focus. A courteous nod and a soothing “good luck!” might be better here.

16. Don’t linger.

This might sound like common sense to most but it’s probably for the best if you vacate the building shortly after you shake hands with your interviewer. It might put them off a bit to see you two hours later in the canteen inspecting bagels.

17. Send a thank you note if you’re feeling traditional.

A traditional, old-school business might think a personalised thank you note is a nicer touch than a quick email after an interview. Weigh up what you think would set the right one before sending, whichever method you choose.

18. Make use of business cards.

Feel the cold, unforgiving touch of a business card from an interviewer as you’re saying your goodbyes? Use the information on there to get in touch and, if you’re especially personable professional. it could be an interesting conversation point in your follow-up.

19. Unavailable? Find a solution.

Should you find yourself making the next stage of the interview process but have been caught up with something else, you should gauge what you need to prioritise. This is especially important if you’re still working at a current job.

20. Do NOT tell your current employer how it went.

This is a big red button situation for your career and even more so if you’re not 100% guaranteed the new position. If you’re unsuccessful, you could find yourself having to do some backtracking and maybe even without a job at all.

21. Be careful with social media.

This was mentioned earlier but this tip applies in a personal sense. Imagine the horror of your possible new employer conducting their follow-up research and finding a smug, self-satisfying status from you about how you think you aced the interview – it could put them off altogether.

22. Don’t let an error get to you.

Flubbing the message you’re trying to get across is expected in a job interview; your interviewer will no doubt understand your nervousness. If you messed up, let it go and think of how you could improve on yourself in the future. There’s no need to overthink what happened.

23. Evaluate how you did.

This is a contradiction to the previous tip, but only if you focus on the negative parts. Don’t see your interview shortcomings as a failure and instead think of what you aced and stay positive.

24. Remember the little details.

It’s the follow-up interview. As you’re called in to the room, you extend your hand and can only utter, “hello again…you…” as you struggle to put a name to the familiar face. Write notes and memorise them before you go back to avoid any embarrassment.

25. Rejected? Move on.

We all learn from rejection so don’t let an unsuccessful application stop you from trying again in the future. As much of a confidence deflater that it might be, use this opportunity to work on yourself for the next time.

Is there anything else you have done or would do differently? Did it help or have a negative impact on landing the job?

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