“conference and event planning specialist” and “communications specialist” (AKA A WRITER) jobs posted in the marketing department today.
TELL ME WHAT TO DO, PEOPLE. do i apply just in case? can i just do ALL the jobs? ugh. such great opportunities while i’m the middle of (hopefully) taking another.
Oh, apply absolutely, of course! There are no just-in-case situations when looking for the next rung of the latter. Never base an employment or job search on something that might come through. That’s true in even a good job market, and especially in this one.
Look at it this way: Even if you’d been in the new position for quite some time, the most you’d be expected to give is a two-week notice. Once you’re in on a contract basis as senior management or partnership—Vice President and up—that extends to one week’s notice for each year you’ve been with them.
Most companies use a rule of thumb that an employee takes around six months before they begin operating past the break-even point of their training investment. So…if you find you’re ever in a position of leaving a job before you’ve been in it six months, it’s usual to offer an extended notice, but not typical the company will insist on it—they’ll let you free sooner than that.
It doesn’t matter if the job is running a drive-through at a fast food franchise or Senior VP at Google. The rule is you don’t give someone grief about pursuing or taking a job that improves their standing, lives, or position. Every ethical company and manager operates this way. It’s also a fundamental truth in business that there’s an inverse relationship between what you pay your employees and how long they stay. If they don’t want their employees to be going elsewhere, they pay them enough to make their existing job more attractive than any other offers.
* There is only one exception: That’s when you have a contract or commitment with someone where they’ve invested in training, completion bonds, or project and you have agreed in exchange for that training you will stay for a minimum period so they get a return on investment. But even in those cases there’s usually a buy-out price which can be negotiated.