Andrea Macek, Career Change Coach for Professional Women438
Less searching. More time in the RIGHT job.
January 3,2022 at 3:15PM UTC
I was fortunate to spend the holiday season traveling to spend time with friends and family
My husband and I ended our travels by ringing in the new year with a quiet evening at home. ✨
And it was exactly what I needed.
After indulging over the holidays, I was ready to get back into a routine. ?
What about you?
Do you like to jump right back into a routine? ?
Or do you ease your way back into things? ?
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Why do recruiters stick to old, worn- out practices like punishing candidates for loss of work?
In these crazy times of hostile and toxic work environments (a post-Trump free-for-all on behavior; depression, anxiety and suicide at an all-time high), take a beat. This is not the same work world as pre-COVID times. I say, open your mind, then LEAD. Educate your clients.
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When do I bring up competing offer?
Company A just extended an offer. It is my second choice. They need an answer by Monday.
I am interviewing with the VP at Company B (first choice) today. I'm thinking it's the last interview.
When do I tell Company B about the offer?
Email them now? During the interview? Later? I'm wondering what to say if they end the interview with "well, we should know more next week"...
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What career stage am I at?
As I look for open positions, I'm not sure what career stage I am in or should be looking for. I received my bachelors in finance 9 years ago and started working in the operations side of the industry shortly after. I earned my series 7 and 66. I realized that I enjoyed project work and got my MBA in project management 2 years ago. I began a role as a business analyst in the IT department of the same company almost 3 years ago. Having 8+ years working experience seems mid (especially having been at one company for almost the entire duration), but with the career shift less than 3 years ago seems a little closer to entry level. At this point, I'm not sure how to brand myself or what to look for experience-wise in the job hunt.
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I am looking for a job due to business unit desition they are shutting down our entire Marketing team.
Please reach out to me. I have more than 12yrs experience.
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I'm wrapping up my toxic job this Friday
Throughout my tenure, my manager has proven to be one of the worst I've ever encountered. Despite my temporary status in the position, I've accumulated nearly five years of experience leading teams.
It became apparent early on that she lacked leadership experience, having transitioned from journalism to communications without a background in marketing. Despite my efforts to engage her in defining our team's vision, roles, and operations, she consistently resisted. Matters escalated when she began circulating rumours about me to an external government department, which eventually reached both me and the team. One team member bravely came forward to disclose the situation.
In response, I initiated a leadership program that included a Hogan 360 review. Unfortunately, my manager's lack of experience led her to underestimate the consequences of her actions, including the revelation that I would review her results. The discrepancies between her scores and those of her colleagues were stark. In areas where I excelled, she marked me as "NA," while in areas where she perceived she could manipulate me, such as "is a respectful person," she rated me highly. This manipulation only added insult to injury, reinforcing a toxic dynamic where compliance was prioritised over genuine feedback.
Through therapy, I've come to terms with the trauma of this experience and now find myself filled with a righteous anger.
Despite these challenges, I've managed to secure an excellent new role that surpasses both my temporary position and my manager's role. My focus now shifts to ensuring she never has the opportunity to exert power over me again.
Should I email HR and document my grievances, even though I'm leaving on Friday?
Is writing a scathing Glassdoor review an appropriate course of action?
Should I bring my concerns to the attention of the government department or the CEO? Would blocking her on mobile and LinkedIn offer some peace of mind?
What would you do?
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How much negotiation is reasonable?
At the beginning of the process, very rich company said their budget was 80-90k. I said that was below my desired salary but would be willing to learn more about the total compensation, etc. I was laid off a few months ago and making 115k - I was hoping to at least come close but this market is insane. It's the same job responsibilities but this new job's title is "lower" in the industry hierarchy.
Anyway - I was offered the job - yay! They offered 90k and I found out their benefits are not great. No 401k match, no bonus, couple weeks PTO.
I'm happy they offered me the top end of their budget. I need a job so I'll take it but... what can I work with here? I clearly can't come in saying I want 115k.
All insight appreciated. Thank you.