It's not just about the paycheck!

The Conference Board recently reported that U.S. Job Satisfaction levels are at the lowest level in two decades.

This is particularly telling in an economy where unemployment is so high you could expect people to just feel grateful that they have a job.

But the bottom line is if you are swapping 40 or 50 hours of your life each week for a paycheck alone and not receiving the other intrinsic rewards of working (being fulfilled, feeling valued etc.) the exchange can feel very one-sided.

Clearly money and sustaining a lifestyle is a priority when it comes to your job and career but when making decisions about HOW you want to make that money there are a number of other factors to take into consideration.

Learning the skill to "know when to move on" is a crucial area for managing a career.

Three key tips to help with this area are:

1. Learn how to recognize when the time is right to move roles or companies.

This may be to either take advantage of a new opportunity or when your current job is past it's 'best before' date.

2. Have a plan B

Don't wait until it's time to move before you develop alternatives. Actively manage your network so that you have people to call or on who may be looking for you for new opportunities.

3.Act when the time is right.

Don't let opportunities pass you by or 'settle' for less than you deserve in a role. Be prepared to act.

Working is about more than just the paycheck so make sure that you are in a position to be both paid and satisfied at work.

That's all for now!

Karen

P.S. More on this in Chapter 17 of Hot Tips For Career Chicks!

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