Q&A: Is It Time To Look For A New Job?


QUESTION:

You recently posted a video that showed why staying with one company for a long time is not always a good thing. I know this is true, but it adds pressure for those of us who love what we do and the people we work with.

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Colleges & Universities – Kinds of Administration


Public colleges and universities: Institutions predominantly funded by public means through a national or state government. Includes state land-grant universities.

Private colleges and universities: Higher education institutions not operated by governments. Most private universities are non-profit organizations.

Nonprofit: Most U.S. colleges and universities are not-for-profit institutions. Nonprofit schools can be pubic or private.

For-profit: The business model of these private institutions is to make money from providing educational services to students.

Accredited colleges and universities: A school or program that has met the standards set by a non-government agency that reviews institutions in a region or occupation. Institutions accredited by the same agency are more likely to accept each other’s transfer credits.

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How Long Is Too Long To Stay At Your Job?


Job seekers — especially young adults — are often warned not to change job too often. While there are some benefits to “job hopping,” many employers are suspicious of candidates with multiple short-term positions on their resumes.

But what if you’ve only worked for one company for a long time? What if you are job searching after years of employment?

Is staying in one job long term bad for your career?

Watch this short video, then leave your comments below.

How to Find A LGBTQ Friendly Workplace


Businesses are better when they employ a diverse workforce.

Profits, community connections and public images are higher among companies that welcome customers and employees from varied backgrounds and with multiple points of view.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the hiring practices and office cultures of many organizations do not embrace diversity.

This can be tough for job seekers who are members of marginalized groups (people of color, older job seekers, people with disabilities, immigrants, people of faith, gays and lesbians, non-gender conforming people, and others).

In addition to activities that all job seekers do — creating a compelling resume and social media profiles, building a meaningful network of contacts, etc. — job seekers from marginalized groups take extra care in finding workplaces that are respectful and inclusive to them.

Fast Company published Six Steps for Finding LGBT-Friendly Employers. Here are some of the tips for job seekers who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. However, this information is good for other diverse job candidates, too.

Look for signs of an already diverse workforce. “Does the employer explicitly convey pride in being inclusive and respectful of all the people it employs and the customers it serves?”

Seek out official diversity and employment policies. “Ask about the training opportunities available to employees and supervisors on diversity issues.”

Showcase your own skills and qualifications. “LGBT candidates should make sure to focus on their unique talents, skills, and qualifications–there’s no reason or need to divulge gender identity or sexual orientation.”

For more tips for LGBT job seekers, read the Fast Company article.

Employers and Minnesota workforce development agencies in need of professional development can contact a diversity and inclusion consultant.

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Q&A: Is It Bad To Stay At A Job Too Long?


QUESTION: I’ve been working in the same place for five years. It’s an OK job, but I’m getting restless. I see other people doing things that I’d like to try, plus my work is not very interesting. Should I look for a new job or am I crazy to leave a good job?

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