Career Advice Podcast

Balance and Time Management

It’s so often that people ask me:

  • How do you get it all done?
  • How do you balance all of the things?
  • How do you manage everything you have going on?

This week’s takes a left turn from sales and tackles entrepreneurship – and the crazy schedule that it can bring (especially when growing a business alongside a full time job).

Spoiler alert, dear friend – I am NOT a one woman team.

There is a VILLAGE that makes this thing work – and I walk you through how to manage my life, my time, my family and my full time job on today’s podcast.

Career Advice

How to Navigate an Internal Job Change

Career Advancement. Everyone wants to work somewhere that will give them the opportunity for career advancement. We all want to work for a company that has a career trajectory that we can follow. We want the opportunity to learn and grow within the same company. Right?!

Let me set the scene: You’ve been at the same company in the same job for about 18 months. You’re good at your job, you like your co-workers, but you just don’t get excited about coming to work everyday anymore. You’ve hit a little bit of a plateau, if you will.

You can go a couple of different ways here. Some people will automatically start scouring the job boards, trolling recruiters on LinkedIn, and thinking about their next (more exciting) role with a new company.

Other people will complain to their work bestie, roll their eyes every time their boss asks for something, and ultimately grow to HATE their job in the next 6-12 months (more later on making sure this does NOT happen to you).

And yet other people will start poking around inside their current company for new and different opportunities. It can start with simply checking out the career page on your office intranet and seeing what departments are hiring. Then, you’re wandering through different parts of the office hoping to get a glimpse of what life would be like if you made a change. You befriend someone in that department that you meet grabbing coffee and start asking questions about what they do and how they like it. Before you know it – you’ve decided you want to apply for a different job in a different department.

This is what they meant by career advancement, right? You found another thing you’d be really good at and an opportunity to add something new to your resume – win/win! Then why do you feel a little bit anxious about telling anyone on your team and in your department about the possibility of you making a change? Why do you feel like you’re letting your manager and colleagues down?

The answer is two-fold, I’m guessing.

1 – You’re worried that your manager is going to be angry and take it personally that you’re looking for something new. And, whether you make a change or not – they’re going to use it against you.

2 – You’re worried that you’re not qualified for that other role or that there is another internal candidate with more experience and seniority that will be chosen over you. And, now that you’ve put it out there, everyone on your team thinks you’ve checked out and are actively looking for a new job.

So much for the excitement around career advancement, right?

Here’s the deal – it’s pretty infrequent that managers assume that their employees are going to work for them forever. It’s also likely that your manager has aspirations for a different role or opportunity within the organization, too. The most important thing for you here, is how you approach the situation with both your manager and the hiring manager in the other department.

In my experience – you should always, always, always tell your manager that you’re interested in an internal job change before you tell anyone else. You want to control the conversation and the opportunity to tell your story as to why this is the right move (and the right time) for you.

I recommend scheduling a quick 15 minute sit down with your manager (yes, this is an IN-PERSON conversation). Jot down a few notes, as you’re likely to be nervous about their response. Your notes should cover the job you’d like to apply for and why you think you’d be great at it. They also need to include (and I would lead with this) – how much you’ve loved working in this department, how much you’ve learned, and how grateful you are to work for a company that encourages internal growth.  

I would also ask your current manager how they think you should approach the hiring manager for the new role. There is likely a Human Resources procedure for this, but it’s possible that your manager has a closer relationship with your potential new manager than you do. They might know some of their preferences, nuances, and their goals. All valuable information to have when chatting them up, right?!

It’s important that you follow internal procedure to the letter. Chat with HR and fill out the appropriate paperwork/application. Be prepared to be asked for an updated copy of your resume. I probably should’ve led with this – but make sure you are eligible for a transfer. Some companies have different policies around how long you need to work in your current role and certain performance metrics you need to meet before you can make an internal change. You want to be sure you meet those as well!

After you’ve chatted with your manager and covered your bases with HR, you can seek out the hiring manager and let them know that you are applying for a role in their department. If possible, schedule a sit down with this person as well. Not for an interview, but as an opportunity to learn more about them, their vision for this role, and if they have any useful advice or ideas as you go through the internal interview process.

Regardless of whether or not you get the role, all job searching/interviewing/etiquette things still apply. Make sure you dress appropriately for the interview and follow up with and thank all people that you met with. If for some reason you get offered the job, but decide not to take it, you want to be gracious with the people who took time to help you. If you are not offered the job – you need to do the same. You never know when the next opportunity might open up or if someone saw something in you that might be useful in another role.

Overall, remember that it’s your career and that life is too short to spend all of your time in a role that you don’t love or doesn’t challenge you. Most companies would almost always prefer their best employees stay in-house versus leaving to work for someone else! After all, they are the ones that touted that career-advancement was a great benefit to working there, right?!


Career Advice

Today’s Job Climate

I often feel like I’m still young, hip, and in-the-know.

I work in advertising. Digital advertising, no less.

I follow trends, still listen to bad pop music, and love perusing the cover of “Us Weekly” in line at the grocery store….

Then, SnapChat or Instagram make a change and I turn into my mother….”I don’t know how to use this sh*t!”

That’s how I feel about today’s career climate. The second part. The part where I think “man, I am glad I’m not just starting my career today.” I know, it’s different out there. The market is different, the job titles are different, the expectations are different.

What hasn’t changed?

Employers. Big business. Colleges and universities.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of amazing companies out there that have “caught up” and have great benefits, flexible work schedules, unlimited PTO, and *gasp* maternity AND paternity leave.

However, a lot of companies are still offering two weeks paid time off, no flexibility in your work schedule, and are allowing women to use short-term disability for their maternity leave.

In my “day job” I work with a lot of young professionals. I’ve interviewed dozens and dozens of entry and mid-level candidates and attended a handful of job fairs. It’s obvious that the university system hasn’t caught up with preparing professionals for today’s work world either.

Where does that leave you?

A smart, dedicated, ambitious young professional searching for the right career fit? Looking for a job that leaves you fulfilled, challenged, and excited.

That’s a great question, and fortunately, there is still hope for finding the right job for you, for now!

Let’s tackle that first – there’s a vicious rumor that “millennials are job hoppers” and no one sticks around anymore and “if they don’t like it they just leave…” You know you’ve heard all of that and more about today’s up and coming (extremely educated and talented) workforce.

How long do you stay at a job you don’t love? How soon is too soon to jump ship?

It depends on who you ask. As an employer, I like to see between 12-18 months with a single employer (I am okay with multiple positions). Anything less than that can be a red flag. UNLESS, that’s only happened once. I think we’re all entitled to a “mulligan” and sometimes a job just isn’t the right fit. I’ve also seen brilliant people get recruited away from organizations after a short tenure, too.

I was told early on in my career (I graduated college in 2004) that three years was the expectation. When resumes came across with more than one or two jobs with less than three years, there were considered “job-hoppers.”

Truth be told – I think it’s all in how you spin it. I’ve had quite a few jobs for my age. I’ve averaged about 14-18 months at each job in my career. As I’ve progressed in my career, the time gets longer and longer at each job.

Each time I started looking for a new job, I made a deal with myself…I would NOT take a lateral move. I wouldn’t take a job making the same or less money. I wouldn’t take a job with fewer benefits or perks. I wouldn’t take a job that wasn’t for a better company with a better reputation. As long as companies continued to want to pay me more, help me advance my career, and let me a part of their awesome-ness – it was the right time to switch jobs.

I was also great at telling the story. I left this job because of this great opportunity. And then this company recruited me to go work for them. Then, I fell in love with start-ups and got a great opportunity to get in at the ground floor. After that, I wanted to travel and train. And so on.

Today, I love my job. I’ve been there for about a year and a half to date. Do I think I’ll retire here….no. Do I think I’ll stay at long as they’ll have me…for now!

Good news

Every single day a new company, idea, or culture is born. Your dream company may not exist yet. And most new, up and coming, cutting edge companies tend to be pretty forward thinking.

In addition to new companies, companies that have heavy recruiting needs, especially for entry to mid-level employees, are coming around to what today’s job seekers are asking for. Flexibility. Trust. Perks.

We all know that with today’s technology advancements there are more and more opportunities to work remotely. All you need is Wi-Fi and a laptop. This can give you access to jobs and opportunities that weren’t available to you before due to your geographic location.

More good news – it never hurts to ask for what’s important to you. Right now, I work in an office Monday-Friday. I have a ton of flexibility, but at the end of the day, my work is in my office. If and when I ever find myself interviewing companies again (see what I did there….) – I will likely ask for the opportunity to work from home part-time. Worst case, they say no. Best case, they say yes. If a company doesn’t want to hire me because flexibility is important to me, they probably aren’t the right fit anyway.

Change is good

Here’s the long and short of it….today’s career climate has changed. However, companies that want to hire young, brilliant, talented professionals are going to have to change, too. Some of them are realizing that faster than others.

The change in the career climate has also created an amazing opportunity for new skills, new job titles, and the opportunity to flex your creative muscles in finding the career, and the life, that you want.

If you need some help getting clear on what that job is and what that career path might look like – let’s chat.