When to Trade Up

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When the economy warms up, there'll be a lot of people ready to leave what have become dead-end jobs. Here's how, why, and when to make your move.

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When to Trade Up

  1. 1. When to Trade Up <ul><li>Andrew Davis </li></ul><ul><li>Synergistech Communications </li></ul>
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Re-introducing Synergistech </li></ul><ul><li>What I see </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors say… </li></ul><ul><li>Signs it’s time to move on </li></ul><ul><li>Motivations and caveats </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing and grabbing opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
  3. 3. Re-introducing Synergistech <ul><li>Pre-1995 </li></ul><ul><li>1995 to 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>2006 and beyond </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: to be a trusted, candid advisor and ally to all involved in the job search </li></ul>
  4. 4. What I see <ul><li>Recession’s over. </li></ul><ul><li>Spending on IT’s perking up a little. </li></ul><ul><li>Companies are more cost-conscious </li></ul><ul><ul><li>globalized workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>persistent pressure to ‘do more with less’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>managers don’t control their budgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>most-qualified people getting near-Y2K pay </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Survivors say… <ul><li>I’m exhausted </li></ul><ul><li>I’m discouraged </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me my market value </li></ul><ul><li>Help me understand my options </li></ul><ul><li>I’m scared of the devil I don’t know </li></ul>
  6. 6. Signs it’s time to move on <ul><li>If this describes you, let’s talk: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overworked? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Powerless? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unappreciated? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stale? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Motivations <ul><li>Professional advancement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>change or focus your responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>get a promotion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>switch industries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rearrange the politics </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Motivations (2) <ul><li>Better… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>job ‘security’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>advancement potential </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Caveats <ul><li>Job transitions can fail if you’re… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>burnt out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>feeling exploited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>afraid (and don’t face it) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>uninformed about your new company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rushed to decide </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Assessing your options <ul><li>Don’t leave until you understand… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>market demand for what you do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>competitiveness of your skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pros and cons of staying put </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Grabbing opportunities <ul><li>Use a recruiter or go solo? </li></ul><ul><li>Research the market </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Job boards, aggregators, listservs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Refine your skills, overhaul your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Use beacons to combat black holes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>didtheyreadit.com, etc </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Don’t give up! <ul><li>Get support for your job search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>STC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ex-colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synergistech </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t fall prey to apathy </li></ul>
  13. 13. For more info... <ul><li>There’s much more at… </li></ul><ul><li>www.synergistech.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(707) 554-9365 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(866) 591-2968 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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