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All is not well in UK Plc right now. Public sector and government spending cuts aside, a number of recent surveys reveal a picture of a somewhat gloomy British workplace with around one in five office workers unhappy with their current job, whilst a quarter of people wouldn't recommend their employer. But if you find yourself being one of that 20 per cent who is dissatisfied with your lot, think twice before jumping ship - the grass is not always greener on the other side.
The job-for-life culture has long been consigned to the history books and careers experts agree that most of us will have changed jobs as many as eight or more times throughout the course of our working life.
Indeed, very few people ever get a job with their ideal employer when they first embark upon their career; the question is how do you decide whether to stay with your current employer or leave? Sometimes this decision is a no-brainer.
Staying with the same employer can have a number of advantages. Many companies are known to promote internally and may never advertise their vacancies, so by already being within the organisation you will be privy to all new positions that come up.
There’s also the fact that your employer knows you can walk the talk and not just talk the talk which makes you a safer bet than an unknown external candidate.
However, if you’re not being heard and promotional opportunities come around as often as Halley’s Comet, you better get your CV updated and get out quick before you find yourself duped into staying in a dead-end job.
Be prepared to switch jobs if the prospects for promotion with your current employer seem sluggish at best but be mindful of making a habit of job-hopping.
Whilst moving from one employer to another to enhance your career is generally seen as a positive tactic in some industries such as sales and marketing, it can also have a detrimental effect too -especially if you only stay for short periods of time.
So if you do flirt between employers ensure that you sell yourself as someone who brings with them a track record of short- as well as long- term success.
Ultimately your decision to continue working where you are or simply step away from your comfort zone to pursue your career ambitions elsewhere will be based on what motivates you.
If your current employer can meet your career ambitions within a timeframe that you are happy with; makes you feel valued and pays you what you are worth; can make you feel that you are suitably challenged; and, the company’s values and position in the marketplace are in sync with your ideal, then stay where you are. If not, then look elsewhere and find one that does.
Paul MacKenzie-Cummins is regarded as one of the UK’s leading career’s advice and guidance writers tackling all aspects of workplace and management issues, job seeking, career change and hiring trends. He is also runs MacKenzie Cummins Communications - a specialist PR consultancy for the recruitment industry.
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