You get called into the bosses office and given a choice. Quit, or be fired. So which is the better choice?
This scenario is far more common than it should be, but the right answer isn't universal. As with so many employment situations, it depends.
Why are you being separated? If you've had multiple conversations with your manager about your performance, termination could be the next step. Is the company you work for being bought out, or going bankrupt, or undergoing major management changes?
Before you make the decision to resign or wait until you get fired, know these things:
As always, my advice pertains to Texas and Federal law. Before making a personal decision, you must weigh the facts of your situation.
~ Krystal Yates
You've been job hunting for a while, but you can't get any traction. How do you figure out why? Most job seekers come to me for help with their resume, but what if your resume isn't your problem?
Perhaps you are a little out of touch with the most modern ways to make yourself stand out in your job search.
Are you getting phone calls? If you are getting initial phone calls, or even interviews, but the search is stalling there then your resume isn't the problem. Your interview skills are. Find someone to practice with and see if you can figure out where the problems lie. Try having a friend interview you, or attend a job seeker group for practice. Of course, you can always purchase some one on one time with a professional as well.
Are you applying non stop but not hearing from employers? In this case, it might be your resume, or it might be that you are applying for positions that you are not qualified for. Make sure your resume reflects your ability to do the job you are applying for. Use a cover letter when applying online, and network your way to the hiring manager when possible.
Some other things to consider during the job search:
Can a potential employer find you on the internet? In addition to being found on a search for your name, you also want to be found when a recruiter is looking for someone with your skillset and accomplishments. This is also a good time to make sure there isn't anything out there that you wouldn't want your next employer to see. Your entire online image needs to be professional.
Do you have a poor Linked In profile? Do you even have a LinkedIn profile?
LinkedIn offers an opportunity to showcase your accomplishments as well as demonstrate that you understand how business is done these days. I can help you with refining your LinkedIn profile.
Are you using the internet to prepare for job interviews?
Google the company where you will be interviewing. Look at the CV's of the management team to see if you have anything in common such as service clubs, alma maters, etc.
What are the company's vision and values? Use what you learn to ask questions about the company, show that you have done your homework,
You have been employed at this company for quite a while and feel that your pay is no longer commensurate with the position. Pay increases are not on a scheduled basis. How and when do you go about asking for a raise?
Do your homework:
Has the company been doing well enough that a pay raise could reasonably be requested? Have you recently completed a difficult assignment, or taken on more responsibility?
After deciding that you really have earned an increase, write and rehearse an agenda:
List your accomplishments, mention if your responsibilities have increased, additional tasks you have taken on, and projects you have headed successfully. You might want to consider typing up and printing a copy for your boss so they can look it over and discuss with other supervisors if needed.
Dress the part:
Looking polished and professional can't hurt, and will help you feel more confident.
Have other options up your sleeve:
A rejection could make an opportunity to make another proposition. Work from home one day a week, a new mobile phone or laptop for work, attend a conference or industry event you are interested in - your boss may be more likely to say yes to a smaller request if he has to say no to a big one.