promoNothing quite symbolizes career advancement like getting a promotion. It’s a great way to feel like you are making progress and that your career isn’t dormant.

But if you haven’t been offered a promotion in a while, or if you feel like you have been overlooked for a promotion, you might be feeling like something needs to change. But what needs to change?

Do you need a promotion? Or should you be looking for a new job altogether?

In order to make an informed decision, and one that is right for you, you need to ask yourself several questions.

First, think about all that goes into a new job. In many ways you’ll be starting from scratch. You’ll have to learn the culture, policies and procedures of a new organization and build all new relationships. Not to mention that you might have a longer commute every day.

Are you comfortable with all of that? If not, are you sure you are looking for something entirely new?

Next, think about your current employer…

  • Do you love the company you’re currently working for? Tolerate it? Or are you completely unhappy? If you’re unhappy, would a promotion be enough to make things better?
  • What are your career goals? Is there a path for growth at your current employer that will allow you to get there? If not, are you willing to sacrifice your professional ambitions?
  • What are your priorities? Good pay? A good work/life balance? Does your current employer offer that to you? If so, are you willing to sacrifice that for a new opportunity?
  • Are you content with your current company’s benefits package?

While a new job could mean the start of something professionally fruitful, so could a promotion.  Both also offer the possibility of more money.

There comes a point in everyone’s professional life when it’s time to stop and think about whether the job you’re in is right for you. Focus on what your expectations are from your employer. What do you consider negotiable and what do you consider a deal-breaker?  What do you need to be successful? What do you need to be happy? Once you can answer these questions, you will be able to better determine what course of action to follow.

Whatever your professional ambitions are, a staffing firm is equipped to help.  It might greatly benefit you to connect with a recruiter or staffing firm in your area to see how they can be a resource to you in your job search.

Contact the experienced recruiting team at Masiello today. We listen, we learn, and we are committed to providing the best opportunities possible. Tell us about your goals, needs and expectations. We’re here to help!