Time To Move  

aascrompn 43M
6957 posts
7/19/2006 5:46 am

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Time To Move

Has anyone here ever awoke and realized that what you are currently doing in life (career wise) just isn't pulling in what you feel you deserve? If so, when is it time to move?

I don't know why really, but I awoke this morning feeling really unsatisfied in my current position. I really enjoy what I do, and I'm the top of my department who reports dirctly to the president of the USA organization; however, it's just not providing what I need.

I believe that I'm approximately 20K underpaid than what I should be making. I would love to think that things are going to get better, but I'm stuck in the company 5% raise policy. They can only give up to 5% raises per individual per year. I hate to say that a 5% raise isn't going to come close to that 20K mark.

For the absolute first time since I entered the IT industry, I'm actually thinking about changing industries completely. I'm not sure that I actually will like anything else out there, but I know that IT is hurting these days compared to 5 to 7 years ago. Then I think that I'm not making bad money and that I definitely have job security. I guess it boils down to priorities.

I do want more, however, I also want to be happy. I will not travel, so this limits me in the type of next IT duty I accept. Also, if things keep progessing the way they have been thusfar, I will have to maybe think about another joining me. Do I make enough to help out more than just me? I would have to severely alter my lifestyle! I'm not saying I wouldn't, or couldn't, but I don't think I pull enough for both to really, comfortably, enjoy...

When is it time to pack bags and move on??


rm_DaphneR 59F
8023 posts
7/19/2006 6:25 am

Just be careful, don't leave until you are 100% sure that you have another position. I've had too many friends that have walked away froma job and then realized that no one was willing to hire them for what they thought they were worth.

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
7/19/2006 6:55 am

I have to agree with Daphne. That is good advice. I also have known people to walk away from a solid position only to not find another one for over a year....and that one at less than they were making at the first one. If you are feeling dissatisfied...then begin to look around. Network...send out some resumes. Get an idea of where you want to go and what you're willing to do. And then when the right job comes along.....quit with no regrets!

alphuctup 41M

7/19/2006 10:03 am

How much would it cost them to replace you? If they know that it will cost a lot more than what you currently earn they might make an exception to the 5% rule...it worked for me. On the other hand they might think you're trying to put them over a barrel so you need to be careful.

rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
7/19/2006 10:54 am

Basing this on past posts as well as this one - don't discount the possiblilty of staying in the industry but changing companies. This one seems pretty damn regimented (am thinking of the sick policy, etc). Stay put and get the resume out there. You're in a better bargaining position while you're actively in a credible position. (I'm a former HR Dir, can you tell???)

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

warmandsexy52 65M
13164 posts
7/19/2006 1:09 pm

Dissatisfaction with your present state of affairs is only half the story. You have to really want what you're going for, and that's not simply about money.

Good luck aas.


Mermaidslut 51F

7/21/2006 1:45 am

Is life supposed to be about money?

Do you enjoy your position / co workers/ responsibilities?

The more I *dislike* a job, the more I charge. I call it my nuisance fee. Otherwise I would rather be playing. Life is too short, to come to the end and realize you never lived.. only worked.

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