New Job for Career Growth?

Careers Done Write

Dear Deb, Since you revised my résumé, I have been at the same job for 3 ½ years. I know I should be thankful to have a job based on how the economy has shifted over the past few years, but I see things improving now and was wondering if you have any suggestions or advice for me to help me decide? Given that most of us spend anywhere from 30-50 hours at our job per week, even contemplating a position change is a BIG deal. How will I feel if this person leaves?

2011 162

how to adjust to a new job with extreme flexibility

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A reader writes: I just started a new job last week, and it is nontraditional in the sense that there isn’t really a set office: The company is so small that we each just have a membership at a coworking space, our cells are our main phone lines, and people are often out and about for meetings. Everything can be done online, so often people just leave early and work from home or sometimes just don’t come in at all.

2016 20

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Relocation Repayment and FMLA (another throw to the readers!)

Evil HR Lady

That said, in this last year, I have taken a 14-week maternity leave, which was partly paid, vacation, and partially unpaid. Do you know this affects my “one-year” tenure in the position, particularly the unpaid leave (which I believe was 5 weeks)? I would like to give them a decent notice if I should decide to leave the position (which I think is likely), but I also want to make sure that I have surpassed my one year mark officially.

2016 109

How to Resign Gracefully

The Undercover Recruiter

You have got a new job! It’s hard to stay focused on the old gig, when everything is ‘oh so cool’ about the new one. But remember, the ‘old gig’ was the ‘new gig’ not so long ago, and how you behave on your way out will affect your brand , your references and your future employability. But no matter – you be the better person, leaving with every loose end tied up, and your head held high. Just have to tell everyone about ‘my great new job’.

2013 87

“Does leaving an employer, and then returning, relieve me from a.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Blog » “Does leaving an employer, and then returning, relieve me from a non-compete agreement I signed the first time I was hired?” Does leaving an employer, and then returning, relieve me from a non-compete agreement I signed the first time I was hired?” Three weeks later, I was rehired, but this time I did not sign a new non-compete agreement. The words do not say “first time I leave,” or “each time I leave.” They only refer to “if I should leave.”

2010 116

I miss my toxic old job, living with a coworker, and more

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I miss my toxic old job. I had a high opinion of my direct manager as a person, though she often contributed unknowingly to the toxic environment at times. Even toxic jobs often have good aspects to them and people form bonds with coworkers. It’s five answers to five questions.

2020 35

my boss approved a long vacation for me — but we can’t agree on the dates

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When we planned this trip six months ago, I decided that I would ask for personal leave (unpaid time) and I would have to be mentally prepared for them to say no, and for me to walk away from my job at that point. My manager decided I would be the point person to develop new skills in order to support this project. Ultimately, you might have to decide whether you’re more willing to do that or more willing to leave the job over this.

2018 21

boss won’t let me be friends with a client, employees leaving work early, and more

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Employees are telling me they’re leaving early, rather than asking. I have two employees who I supervise who leave work at least half an hour early almost once a week or two. Last week, one of the asked if she could leave two hours early to catch a flight on a Friday to be away for the weekend. I feel that because I am new to being a supervisor that I am now becoming a pushover. I am in my mid-20s and a new associate attorney at my law firm.

2013 58

wee answer Wednesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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New job has extreme flexibility. I just started a new job last week, and it is a bit nontraditional in the sense that there isn’t really a set office: The company is so small that we each just have a membership at a coworking space, our cells are our main phone lines, and people are often out and about for meetings. Everything can be done online, so often people just leave early and work from home or sometimes just don’t come in at all.

2012 54

using unlimited time off to work a second job, a sexist conference organizer, and more

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Because I’m new, I’m still working out exactly what the norms are, but it seems like people regularly take large chunks of vacation (2-3 weeks to travel internationally, for example) and are very quick to take days here and there for errands, appointments, days off of school for their kids, etc. Before I took this job, I was working part-time, and supplemented that with a nanny job for an awesome family that I love. It’s four answers to four questions.

2018 27

wee answer Wednesday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I just moved to a new city, and an expert in my field offered to introduce me to several directors and managers via email since I’m looking for a job. I’ve been stuck doing retail and temp jobs for a few years. Or is it case where there’s nothing reasonable I could be doing (except be in a different job gaining relevant experience) so asking the question is inappropriate? While I am happy to be employed, my job is not very fulfilling.

2012 54

my coworkers keep pressuring me to take vacation — but I need to save up time for a chronic illness

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A reader writes: I have a problem that I’m sure other readers would love to have: I’m about six months into a new job, and almost everyone in my department has been pressuring me to take vacation. Unlike at my previous jobs, sick leave and vacation don’t accrue separately here – there’s just one bank of paid personal leave. Otherwise she could reasonably see it as part of her job to ensure that you get regular time off.

2016 22

Maybe You Should Just Offer Reasonable Bereavement

Evil HR Lady

Need to come up with new mountains of paperwork? Tuesday, November 09, 2010 Maybe You Should Just Offer Reasonable Bereavement John Hyman has an interesting post on Bereavement Leave and FMLA. 8/26/10), an employee sought and received FMLA leave to care for her hospitalized husband. When he died a week later, she took three days’ bereavement leave. In the case of a death of a spouse, a child, or a parent, I think 1-3 days bereavement leave is utterly ridiculous.

2010 104

I’m not my boyfriend’s keeper, employee is openly job searching from work, and more

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Employee is openly job searching from her work computer. I am the team lead of a two-person admin team for a sales department. I am the supervisor of the second person, but not her manager; however, most critiques are expected to flow through me first unless there is a serious problem. The second person spends most of her time in our reception area (answering phones, greeting visitors, etc.) The overall morale is low and many people have quit over the new policies.

2015 27

a bomb scare made me late to an interview, agenda for meeting with a new boss, and more

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I had an interview on Wednesday for a job that is very promising for me. I don’t want these people to think that I’m a chronically late person and I’ve been out of work for a while. Long story short, they were trying to back-date my last day of employment to retroactively cancel my insurance (I was out on FMLA and then not able to return to work because I moved for my husband’s job). Should I just leave well enough alone?

2013 56

my boss fired me but will probably change his mind, fringe hobbies on resumes, and more

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This is happening to me and I am prepared to leave, but I have a feeling he may “allow me to stay” at last minute. I was as vague as possible about my hospitalization when I alerted my supervisor that I would be taking some leave time, and I only used leave time that I had earned. Besides 2 personal leave days I took off for the hospital, I have been working full time and completing my deadlines and projects. I am looking for another job.

2013 56

my office doesn’t give us computers, my coworker gets paranoid when I talk to his staff, and more

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I recently started a new job, and so far, so good. It definitely wasn’t just an “oops, forgot to tell you thing,” as another new hire just started and they did the same thing to her. She even ended up buying a new computer out of pocket because her old one was too slow to work effectively on! And when this happens with phones, some companies will even remotely wipe the entire phone , including your personal stuff, when your employment ends.)

2017 21

deli meats and working lunches, internal candidates need not apply, and more

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I have told my direct supervisor, who is very supportive, and we have a great parental leave policy. It’s pretty reasonable to ask the person in charge of ordering food to order something that you can eat. If for some reason talking to that person directly doesn’t make sense, I’d explain what’s up to your manager, since she already knows about your pregnancy, and ask her her support in broadening what’s being offered, without tying it to you. (If Well, you could job search.

answering questions from your old employer after you've moved on

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I’d be willing to do that for $x/hour if that would be helpful.&# (This may lead to a consulting arrangement, but more likely it’ll lead to them leaving you alone.) I mentored my replacement, and I feel like I have a personal and professional investment in her success. Reply Anonymous February 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm Leaving a comprehensive handover document is mandatory in my workplace, which you would circulate to your manager + your usual project team colleagues.

2011 58