Motivation Monday – Why I decided to quit my job…

So, slight life update: I’ve started a NEW JOB!!!

As well as being extremely excited and not to mentioned super busy, I’ve actually unknowingly timed the launch of my blog to line up with my new role. (Disclaimer: I’m now working for a digital agency, specifically within the outreach team – so working with a range of bloggers).

I’ve worked in Digital Marketing since I graduated and have been working hard, learning about digital, refining my marketing skills, developing my business knowledge. But this has been my dream role for a while now and its hard for me to accept that working on blogger events, campaigns, social media and PR is now ACTUALLY my full-time job. The caps lock is only a slight indication of my current excitement about this situation.

This brings me to this latest post, the first of my Monday Motivation series. As well as being a weekly post to do ‘exactly what it says on the tin’, I’m hoping to try and motivate some of you readers on a Monday, which is not always the easiest thing… This first post will take you through the ins and outs of my job seeking process. What I learnt, what I wish I knew then and what I would do again.

How did you decide to quit your job?

Like many people stuck in a rut, quitting just felt like the natural thing to do. Whilst my journey to get to my last role was not ideal. (Basically I quit a maternity cover digital marketing role @ a famous beauty brand because the manager was evil! As in really evil, like, ‘I’ve never hated anyone in my life but you’ – evil) I was so desperate to get away from that manager that I took the role at my last company out of desperation. I am definitely not knocking it though – that role ended up being 2 and 1/2 years of a fulfilling role where I was able to develop my skills and even received a substantial promotion all in the first year.

The reason I say it wasn’t ideal, was mainly because I accepted the offer knowing full well I had no intention of staying. At the time I was always passionate about digital marketing and social media, and had been promised full reign of the social media strategy of the company all to myself! Sound too good to be true? It was…

Like many companies, social media, always gets put on the back-burner for other priorities like event marketing, websites or mobile apps. This ended up making me feel really unfulfilled. I enjoyed most of the day-to-day parts of the role, loved the responsibility, but essentially had no passion or love for anything else about the role. It also made me realise one cold hard fact.

I did not love our content.

Did I even believe in the business? Did I stand by the company values? All real questions you have to ask yourself when thinking about looking for new jobs. In my case, not loving what you sell is hard for a marketer. How do you expect to be successful and relate to the customer if you don’t believe in the product, the business or the company mission?

The small print

There are obviously other factors that added to why I eventually decided to find other opportunities. Things like not having a line manager for over 8 months could have been one. Or perhaps the lack of company respect for my department may have been another. Or even the increasing turnover rate of other employees leaving triggered it. Either way the decision to start looking was not the difficult one. The hard part was making the choice as to what kind of opportunity to pursue.

It is never too late...

Where do I start with the job search?

First things, first. Do you really know what you want to achieve with this move? I don’t mean what kind of job you want to apply for, but what you actually want to achieve.

More money?

If that’s the case, then a job search might not necessarily be the right move. Let’s face it you have already settled down in a role, you will have more opportunity for a pay rise in an existing opportunity than a new one. You need to think about making a case for a pay rise and prepare yourself for that conversation. Everyone who works hard and proves themselves in a company is entitled to a pay rise, this can come out of your annual performance review or even after an extremely successful project.

You will need to be prepared to provide a strong case for this. In most cases, pay reviews are not only judged through your relationship with your line manager. They too, will also need to make a case for this whether it be to their line manager, director or the finance department. The more information you provide, the easier it will be for your manager to make a positive case to support your pay review.

Wanting to move up the career ladder?

This is usually the most likely case. Most people want to either be promoted to a manager, head of department or even board level when moving jobs. This can be slightly more difficult to prove within an existing company. It should actually be a natural progression and development of your role. And the pure fact that you are having to ask for it raises two questions:

  1. Have you proven your capability for the promotion?
  2. Do people have faith in you to take up the role?

Its actually a lot harder for people to see the existing capability within their own team, and usually opt to find these resources via new recruits. If this has led you to your job search than be prepared to be working two sides for a while. On the one hand you will need to ensure you continue working hard at your existing company, as these contacts will prove to be strong recommendations for future roles. And on the other you will need to ensure you refine your search to the most relevant roles. Unlike junior roles or first jobs, finding the next step up should be a role you have thought about thoroughly.

Need a change of pace?

This was probably the nearest reason as to why I began my job search. Essentially I lost passion for the role and needed a change of pace, a different dynamic. So I really had to question what I wanted to get from my next role. I could have easily stayed in my current role. I could have even negotiated a better position both in pay and title. But what would I have achieved? I would have still been unhappy with my role, and it still wouldn’t be enough.

I needed to find a role that would get me up on a Monday morning. And luckily that’s what I have now!

Want to find out more about the job search process? Or have something to add? Please get in touch via the comments below or tweet me @arcasela with the hashtag #MondayMotivation…

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  1. 17th November 2015 / 6:42 pm

    Congratulation on the new job!

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