Ladders recently spoke with Ariel Schur, founder and CEO of ABS Staffing Solutions, about the keys to building a strong company culture, the telltale signs that it’s time to leave your current job, and the right way to communicate it to your employer.
What are the challenges to making a major career transition and how can employees combat this?
Transitioning to a different career or job isn’t easy. The obstacles many face when doing this include a lack of experience, establishing themselves, and fear of failure. As one goes through the process of finding a job in their new career, one thing is important to know – do not let your self-doubt stop you. It’s easy to talk yourself out of making the big leap.
Yes, there will be competition with people who are already in the area you want to be in; that will be a factor no matter where you go. However, years of experience are not everything – this is where references come in handy. Have a former boss or colleague speak to your work ethic and efforts. Hiring managers value someone who is hardworking, confident, and are willing to go the extra mile in any field. The same goes for the challenge of establishing yourself. Keep the network you built in your previous career to help you move forward – whether it’s using them as a reference or them potentially opening doors to new networking opportunities in your field. In addition, mentorships and freelancing opportunities are valuable resources.
What are the keys for organizations/businesses to build a strong company culture? What makes a strong company culture?
Company culture is all of the attitude and behaviors of your company, in addition to its values. Building a strong company culture is the key to employee retention and keeping your employees motivated at work. Perhaps the most important factor in building and maintaining one is to treat any workers, clients, and/or customers with respect and honesty. Emphasizing positive relations trickles down the ladder and will keep everyone happy and the company running smoothly.
Another key is benefits and rewards. In a culture where much of the younger workforce are likely to job-hop, having incentives and recognizing the work of employees is crucial in retention and encourages devotion to the job. Lastly, have a purpose. Everyone at the company should know why they are there. Having everyone work towards one goal and under the guide of the organization’s purpose or values strengthens the culture and builds the connection between workers and management.
What are the telltale signs that you know it’s time to move on from your current job?
People leave their job for many reasons. But, there are a few signs that indicate it’s time to move on from your current job:
You’ve cried more than three times. Whether it’s due to stress, a terrible boss or lazy coworkers, you should not be frustrated to the point of tears. If you have addressed the cause of your tears with your manager or HR Director and still succumb to your emotions, it’s probably a good idea to look for another job.
You’re bored. Depending on the season, there are many ebbs and flows in each industry, but if you are often bored and unstimulated it might be smart to start looking for a new job. If you become complacent at work you aren’t really giving it all and that’s not going to benefit you or the company. While it can be tempting to remain in a low-stress, low-performance environment that won’t help you meet any long-term work goals. You should strive to grow and maintain a healthy desire to learn throughout your career.
The company is making cuts. Nothing is more anxiety-inducing than when your company starts to hand out pink slips. If you start to notice cuts that could eventually impact your job status, it might be smart to begin looking for other jobs in your field. I would first advise you to speak to your manager to get an honest perspective of your job security but go with your gut following the conversations.
What are the best ways to communicate with your employer that you’re ready to move on?
I never advise that anyone disclose that they are ready to move on until they have a signed job offer and have completed all of their negotiations. Once you have secured new employment, I would first speak to your manager thanking them for the opportunity working for them has provided you. No matter what your experience, you always want to leave on good terms. After all, you never know when you’ll need a reference. Once you speak to your manager, I also advise putting everything in writing and sending it to both your manager and the hiring director.
It’s completely fine to have discussions with your employer when you are unhappy with work. If you think the issue can be solved through communication that’s the best approach to take! But, I should reiterate if your intention is to leave the company, do not disclose that without another job offer. Once you have indicated that you are looking there is nothing that could keep them from replacing you.
What has been the most satisfying moment of your career/proudest career achievement, and why?
I think the most rewarding aspect of my career is helping candidates secure jobs that they may not have had the courage or confidence to apply for on their own. I pride myself in negotiating competitive packages for my candidates that ensures both the company and candidate is happy. When I see that I’ve placed a candidate in a company that will be a happy, long-term fit, it’s really rewarding.