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Being Bossy

There’s a lot to consider when seeking a new job

| Forbes reports that, according to a Gallup Poll, a staggering 70 percent of American workers (85 percent worldwide) hate their jobs. And, the poll points out, it’s usually because of their bosses.

Yet, how much time and consideration do you give studying your potential bosses?

Are you doing all of your homework?

Homework. You thought that you were done with it when you left school. But then along comes a late-in-life job search and you’re doing homework all over again. You’re doing research on markets and industries. You’re reviewing job descriptions and, to prepare for your various job interviews, you’re learning as much as you can about your target companies.

If what the fine folks at Gallup are telling us is true, it might be in your best interest to cast a wary eye on anyone who might be your next boss. Consistent with those findings, a consultant we know once remarked that people don’t leave jobs, they leave people. At last, there might be some hard data to support that.

Doesn’t it then make perfect sense to weigh in on your boss as much as you would on the job, your pay package, your benefits, etc.? How much of a salary would you have to earn to compensate for working with someone who you don’tl like, doesn’t treat you well, etc.?

Your talents and expertise aside, your working relationship with your new boss may be a major determining factor in whether you stay at next position, or find yourself back out on the street in another job search.


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