Job Hop – Expectations of higher Responsibilities

Most professionals who indulge in job hopping do so for no concrete reason whatsoever the situation maybe it gets worse when one decides to switch jobs without understanding one’s true potential and the demands of the new job.

What are your strengths and weaknesses? What is your personality type? Where does your aptitude lie? What are your skill sets? If you don’t have an answer to these, find it before you try to find a new job.

A lot has been said about the importance of knowing your employer professionally and understanding your job profile before you sign on the dotted line.

We take up a new job because we believe that our current job is not giving us what we want: it could be anything from monetary gains to job satisfaction or career growth. Therefore, your new job should ideally be able to revive the vigor in you, and not drain you further. And to meet this need it is important to ensure that your job is at par with your aptitude and potential for if it is not, then the purpose is lost! It’s perhaps time to rethink your decision and consider the alternatives.

Needless to say a job that doesn’t suit your personality and does not fall within your area of interest is bound to lead you to stress. Stress as it is has become an inevitable part of every professional’s life; it’s only the degree that varies. The level of stress one can sustain is very subjective. By suitability of a job, I do not mean only the job content or the profile. Stress can result from a complex set of reasons varying from pressure to perform, to work culture, to colleagues or seniors etc. For example, consider this: the job profile you are offered may be extremely interesting and attractive but what if it comes with meeting deadlines that may be beyond your abilities? Or for that matter if you are expected to interact with a client who is rude, abusive and demanding? Will you be able to cope? Well, not everyone will. All these are an important part of a professional’s life and cannot be neglected.

HR professionals take the discussion a step further when they say that if there is a mismatch it is a two way loss. It is a two way deal. As much as a candidate is looking out for a good job, employers are also seeking efficient professionals who can deliver quality as well as quantity. Thus, while it’s the job of an HR to find a suitable candidate to fill a vacancy it’s as much the responsibility of the candidate to assess if he is indeed suitable for the position. Unfortunately, not many candidates realize that if you accept an offer and are unable to deliver it is a loss for the company as well.

It is best to maintain a clear image of yourself in the market as the possibility of bumping into the same professional/s elsewhere is indeed high. If you do not believe in a particular opening or the offer does not suit your expectations it’s best to excuse yourself gracefully rather than accept the job and give up after a couple of months. Remember every job switch reflects on your CV and it is not easy to explain too many short ventures; it can raise a question on your credibility as a professional.

Fix up a meeting with your boss: Please don’t do the mistake of discussing your hike with your boss via email, at the water cooler, or over the phone, instead fix up a meeting with your boss. Tell your boss the amount of experience you have and the kind of hard work you’ve put in for the firm in the past few years. You never know your boss may be convinced and it may help you to negotiate a higher salary.

Take initiative in learning new skills and take on some responsibilities without being asked. Such steps could distinguish you and get you a higher pay even without asking.

Your timing needs to be correct. If you present your appeal directly after your boss has received some bad news, s/he will be less receptive to your request and might refuse. So, talk to your boss when s/he is in a good mood. If you are likely to complete a valuable project in the near future, wait until it is done. If the project turns out to be a huge success, ask for a raise, as your success will be fresh in your boss’s memory.

If the performance is good or very good it is just considered as ‘doing your job’. Only performances rated as ‘outstanding’ are recognized and if the company’s financial position is good the employee may be considered for a hike (of course after achieving “outstanding” and “extraordinary” performance).

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