Is it Worth It?

You like where you live. Maybe you’ve already bought a house and your kids are enrolled in a great school. But you don’t like your job, the people you work with, your boss, or some combination of all three. You could also use a pay raise.

You’ve tried searching for a different job locally, but nothing seems right. But then you hear about a great job opportunity. The problem? It’s in a totally different state.

It can be hard to decide if a new job is worth moving for. Here are a few things to keep in mind before accepting that out-of-state job offer.

What will you gain?

The first thing you need to figure out are the benefits that moving offers. For instance, you’ll like your job more, you’ll work at a company with opportunities for advancement, you’ll get higher pay, etc. Consider neighborhoods and, if you have kids, school districts, too. It’s important to think about not only your career, but also your family and social life when you’re moving.

Research the company where you’ll be interviewing. You want to make sure there are opportunities for advancement, and that you’ll like working there. You don’t want to make a …read more

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You thought you got your dream job but it turned out to be a nightmare. Can you quit?

You researched a company and loved what you read. You get through the interview and learn about killer benefits, your own parking space, and free food on Fridays. When you get the job offer, it’s a no brainer—you say yes.

But then the situation sours. Maybe it’s a poor relationship with your boss. Perhaps your coworkers loved the guy or gal you replaced and sort of resent you (that’s not the way Barry did it). Or you just get buried in work, have a cubicle in the basement (or workstation deep down the line), and kind of forget what sunlight looks like.

Whatever the reason, it’s bad, and you want to quit. But can you do that without damaging your career? It depends. Ask yourself these questions.

Is the problem fixable?

Before you do anything else, try to figure out what you can do to make your situation better. If it’s a matter of workload, talk to your manager. If it’s gossip or getting the cold shoulder from your peers, talk to them about it. Remember, quitting (especially this early) should only be a last resort. Exhaust …read more

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Congratulations! You make more money and things are awkward.

You work incredibly hard, and truly care about your company. When a big management position opens up, you’re ready for it and submit your resume. You ace the interview (perhaps thanks in part to our handy tips), and now you’re a manager!

There’s only one problem: that means your previous boss is now just a regular co-worker. How do you act? What can you say? Is it all right to ask them to meet deadlines?

Here are our tips on turning a former boss into a colleague.

Before: Tell Them You’re Interested in the Position

If you’re interested in applying for a management position, let your manager know before you submit an application. Even if they aren’t your favorite person, it’s important they know you might be moving on (since that will mean, among other things, filling your old position).

This is also a chance to talk about your plans for the new job, and to leave things on good terms. They’re losing a stellar employee, so try to make this as easy for them as possible.

Accept Your New Role

It takes a while to learn the ropes, but once you know your position, accept that you earned …read more

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You’re a great employee. You like your job. But what would it take for another company to steal you away? Currently, there are more job openings than there are qualified applicants to fill them. This means that it’s a job seekers market.

So, we want to hear from you. What would it take for another company to snag you? Let us know by voting in our poll!

If you were offered a new job opportunity with another company, how much of a pay increase over your current salary or wage would it take to stay with your current employer?

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The Japanese concept of “Karōshi” can almost literally be translated as “death from overwork.” The term first came into common usage in Japan during the 1980s after rising concern following the sudden death of several high-ranking business men who showed no signs of previous health issues. “Karōshi” has been attributed to a wide variety of stress-related medical issues, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke, to name a few.

There have been extensive studies on the effects of stress on a workforce’s overall health and well being. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 54% of workers are concerned about health problems due to stress. And, Express Employment Professionals’ recent Hiring Trends survey showed that 88% of company leaders say their current work stress is as high or higher than last year. It’s a serious problem that companies and their employees are being forced to address.

So, how do you reduce workplace stress? There are a wide variety of techniques and countless books about eliminating stress in your life. But, the first and most important step is to know the warning signs of stress, which can vary between individuals. In a recent APA study, some of the most common indicators …read more

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Here at Job Journey we want you to get the job you want.

That’s why we write about online job searching, interviews, and all that good stuff.

But it can be kind of hard to figure out where all those juicy brain-boosting articles are. They’re spread out—some are old and some are new.

So, we’ve decided to write periodic posts that put the articles you want in one place.

Today’s theme? Interviews.

Answering the Interview Question

We held a poll and asked you what you thought were the hardest interview questions. Articles in this series offer up possible ways to answer those questions and explain why interviewers ask them in the first place.

Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years

What Are Your Top 3 Strengths and Weaknesses?

Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job/Company?

Answering the Hardest Interview Questions

Ask a Recruiter

Interviews are tough. There’s nobody to tell you what to wear, what to say, or what to ask. Until now. Our Ask a Recruiter series features Express Employment Professionals recruiters answering your questions about interviews, from dress code to etiquette and more.

Ask a Recruiter: How Much Should You Share About Your …read more

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“We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.” – Andrew Clark, The Breakfast Club

On February 15, 1985, a movie about a group of misfit teens in detention debuted. Many critics still consider it one of the greatest films of all time. The film explored our tendency to judge others based on appearances and who we think they are, as opposed to getting to know them.

You probably recognize that film as The Breakfast Club. But did you know the coming-of-age flick has plenty of lessons that apply to your adult working life? Here’s what the characters of The Breakfast Club can teach us about the workplace.

Brian Johnson, The Brain—Portrayed by Anthony Michael Hall

The Brain prioritizes doing their job well above everything else. They’re a bit of a loner, and don’t talk much. They don’t participate in social activities outside of work. It’s almost like they think they’re too smart to hang out with their co-workers.

But that’s not true at all. They hold themselves to an incredibly high standard, and apply that same standard to everyone else. Once you get to know them you’ll be able to work together and create some truly awesome projects.

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Do you know the difference?

Current work philosophy dictates the best possible team is one chock-full of varying viewpoints, personalities, and skills. Differences in opinion and beliefs result in more stimulating brainstorming sessions and a higher degree of innovation overall.

Many employers are starting to embrace “diverse” workplaces with employees coming from a wide range of walks of life.

But HR folks still say that this “diversity” is not enough. There needs to be inclusion as well, but this can be a difficult concept for employees to understand. What’s the difference anyway?

Here’s the difference between diversity and inclusion, and why both are important to have in any workplace.

Diversity vs. Inclusion

In an interview with Forbes, HR consultant Jennifer Brown noted that diversity is “the who and the what: who we’re tracking from the traditional characteristics and identities of gender and ethnicity, and sexual orientation and disability—inherent diversity characteristics that we’re born with. Inclusion refers to the how. Inclusion is the behaviors that welcome and embrace diversity.”

So, diversity can be pretty easy to understand. Hiring people with varying genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, and interests. Inclusion, on the other hand, can be a bit more nebulous. Think of it this way: a …read more

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Express Employment Professionals Proven Best of Staffing.

We’re living in a job seeker’s market. That means there are too many job openings and not enough folks to fill them.

Job seekers have the power, and companies want to attract and retain talented workers.

One of the biggest things new hires care about is employee satisfaction, which comes in many forms. These include advancement opportunities, employee development, recognition, benefits, and the right job fit.

But it’s hard to know if you’ll be satisfied with a job before you accept a job offer. That’s why you should seek out a staffing company with a proven track record of happy associates. You’ll get the opportunity to work at different companies while reporting to one staffing company. If the staffing company is satisfying to work for, the client company probably will be, too.

Express and the Best of Staffing Talent Award

Express Employment Professionals is dedicated to providing a positive experience for our associates. In an effort to continually improve their satisfaction, Express teamed up with a third-party company to survey associates across the U.S. and Canada. The positive feedback from this survey resulted in Express achieving the ClearlyRated 2019 Best of Staffing® Talent Award (formerly Inavero), a designation fewer …read more

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Because most people are.

It happens all the time. When you’re playing with the kids. When you’re at the doctor. When all you want to do is fall asleep.

You can’t stop thinking about work.

Regardless of whether you hate your job, we’re a nation of workaholics. A recent survey from OnePoll, revealed the average American works four hours a week without pay, and spends another four hours each week just thinking about their job. Forty-eight percent (48%) thought of themselves as modern-day workaholics, while 53% were stressed out as they took the survey!

In the study, researchers found three main symptoms of workaholism. Let’s dig in.

You Worry About Work on a Day Off

You don’t have to work today. You’re doing errands, spending time with family and friends, maybe even binge watching a few episodes of your favorite Netflix shows. But you can’t stop thinking about an upcoming deadline, a spat with a co-worker, or what your schedule is for next week.

Overthinking like that can be a difficult to stop. However, one way to cope involves making lists. Before you take a day off, write down everything you need to do in the coming week. Then, if you’re …read more

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