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Celebrating Black-Owned Businesses for Black History Month

As Featured by the Raleigh Chamber and Triangle DEI Alliance

 

We are honored to be recently highlighted by the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce as part of their Celebrating Black-Owned Businesses for Black History Month initiative. We are proud to be a part of this vibrant community and are dedicated to supporting Black leadership and entrepreneurship

 

Read the article here – https://www.raleighchamber.org/blog/celebrating-black-owned-businesses-for-black-history-month

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Written by

Lileah Akiode

919-813-2454

lileah@theblackdiamondagency.com
Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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These 6 Signs Mean It’s Time to Look for a New Role

Naturally, we all go through periods of having exciting projects at work which make us fall in love with our roles again; and times when finding motivation is hard.

 

But if the thought of the end of the weekend and another week in work fills you with dread, this could be a sign that something is seriously wrong.

 

Either you’ve outgrown your role, your workplace has become toxic, or you realize that your passions lie elsewhere; in a different position or with a new company with different values. There are some signs to look out for which indicate that it’s time to look for a new job.

 

Deciding on a career move can be a daunting thing, and that’s why many people try to ignore the warning signs that they should move on.

 

Today, we share the six undeniable signs it’s time to look for a new job (and how to find one).

 
1. You Have Stopped Enjoying Going to Work

There can be many reasons people are reluctant to leave the house in the morning, from a commute that is regularly filled with traffic to a lengthy train journey.

But generally, travelling to work should not be a time where you dread the minutes counting down until your morning start time.

 

Have you found yourself stopping off for a coffee to delay getting into the office? Have you started taking the longer route to work? Does the thought of work in the morning keep you from sleeping at night?

 

Of course, many more of us are working from home now, and so the physical act of going to work might soon become a thing of the past in many roles. But this feeling of dread can become present in morning Zoom meetings, when you’re on a conference call or any time work-related messages pop-up on your screen.

 

A sense of dread when you think about your job should not be ignored – if this is happening to you, it’s time to make a change.

 
2. You Feel Disconnected From Your Role

High employee engagement is a characteristic of all excellent employers.

Great employers will ensure you have the right amount of work to do; that you’re not overworked or frequently find yourself with few tasks and unsure what you should be doing.

 

You should feel a passion and drive for your role, and a connection to your team and your employer which makes you want to give your best to the job – it was hopefully there when you first started in your role.

 

But over time, inadequate management can lead to employees feeling disconnected and then eventually stop caring. It’s hard to find enthusiasm for your role when you have become disconnected.

 
3. You are Taking Extra Sick Days

Taking extra sick days, or taking holidays simply to get away from your job is a sign that something is wrong.

 

It is estimated that 12.7% of all sick days are taken due to mental health problems, which can often be attributed to your current role in the first place.

 

If your mental health is being affected due to your job, first speak to your manager. They have a duty of care to you to ensure that your position is not causing you harm. Sadly, if the problems are out of your manager’s control, and they continue, it might be time to look for an employer who has an excellent wellbeing reputation.

 
4. You Don’t Get Along With Your Boss (or Your Colleagues)

Having a great relationship with your boss and your colleagues is never a given in any role – it’s always a nice added bonus when you find a role you love, and you get along with your team.

 

But negative relationships with the people you work with every day can quickly become draining, and they can turn a once dream job into a nightmare situation.

 

There should always be avenues you can explore before it gets as serious as leaving for a different company, but sometimes that’s what it takes.

 

Toxic workplaces are sadly more common than you might think, and although your job might look great on paper, if your boss regularly puts you down, and the atmosphere in the workplace is continually negative and is holding you back from success in your job role and your whole career, it’s time to find a company where you not only feel fulfilled but also happy.

 
5. You’re Being Underpaid

66% of employees feel that they are underpaid for the work they do – does this sound familiar?

 

When you start a job, the expectations might have been clear, but what commonly happens in workplaces is that over time, and as you become more experienced within the organization, you are tasked with more and more duties.

 

And your remuneration rarely increases with the amount of extra work you are now expected to do.

 

It might be a simple case of your manager not realizing how much extra “outside of your” role you are taking on – but this again is poor management on their part.

Suppose you are increasingly given extra tasks or are performing managerial duties and your employer tells you that you are not going to be paid any extra for it. In that case, this is a sign that your employer is taking advantage of you.

 

Not all employers behave like this – now should be the time to find one who doesn’t.

 
6. You Feel Undervalued

Aside from being paid a fair wage for the work you do; it is also important that you feel emotionally valued and supported by your manager and your colleagues.

Signs that you are being undervalued by your current employer include:

  • your work is overlooked,

  • your performance and pay reviews are continually pushed back,

  • you’re not trusted to have autonomy in your role,

  • those around you are promoted, and you get left behind.

Being undervalued can be a sign that your current employer is not going to support you in your career and that things are unlikely to change unless the entire company has a management shake-up – but you don’t have to wait for this to happen.

 
Next Steps

Many people stay in roles that are making them severely unhappy and impacting their mental health because they believe there is no other option for them.

 

The truth is there are always other options; you just might not know where to find them – and that’s where we come in.

 

Speak to a dedicated recruitment company – they will be able to offer advice and options, they can put you in touch with new potential employers and organize interviews for you – what are you waiting for?

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Written by

Lileah Akiode

919-813-2454

lileah@theblackdiamondagency.com
Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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How to decide if it’s time to leave your employer

Are you in the right role?

 

Considering leaving your current employer can be a major decision, and we understand that it can feel overwhelming. It’s natural to feel a bit apprehensive about starting a new role, meeting new people, and facing new challenges. Additionally, searching for a new job can be a bit daunting. Although it may not always be wise to switch jobs frequently without a clear direction, there are situations where moving to a new employer can be incredibly advantageous. A new job can provide better work culture, improved benefits, and fresh opportunities that may align better with your career goals.

With so many opportunities available in the job market today, candidates have more choices than ever before. A recent survey by Monster.com found that around 96% of employees globally are considering starting a new job in 2023. If you’re also considering a change, the most important thing is to ensure you have the right motivations.

We want you to succeed in your career and find the best fit for you. To help you make a well-informed decision, here are some key factors to consider when deciding if it’s the right time to make a move.

1. Look at Opportunities for Growth

We all want to achieve our career aspirations, feel that we’re continuously growing and developing professionally. The best job opportunities are those that open the door to learning and growth. It’s important to ensure that your current employer is committed to helping you thrive, expand, and succeed in the years to come, so that you can achieve your career goals.Even if you’re relatively content with your current role, a lack of development opportunities could make you feel bored, restricted, or hindered. That’s why it’s crucial to ask yourself some important questions:

  • What are the “next steps” available in your current role?
  • What is the company’s approach to promotions?
  • Is there opportunity for more challenging roles within your company?
  • What opportunities are available to help you build transferrable skills?

If your employer doesn’t provide opportunities to gain certifications, attend conferences, or even explore potential upward mobility within the company, it might be time to consider other options.

 2. Ask if the Culture Matches Your Needs

The term “company culture” has become a buzzword in recent times, and for good reason. According to several recent LinkedIn polls, over 80% of job seekers believe that a healthy work culture is essential for achieving success. When you first joined your company, you may have been content with the culture that was in place.

However, as you progress in your career, your priorities may shift. For instance, if you’re looking for remote or flexible working options to balance your new family responsibilities, you may need to find a company with a more adaptable and supportive culture. Sometimes, the culture within a business can also deteriorate over time.

Business leaders may stop actively investing in employee happiness and well-being, and new leaders and managers could create an uncomfortable working environment. When you’re not happy with the culture, it’s difficult to thrive in your role. As your career progresses, it’s essential to ensure that your workplace aligns with your values and goals.

 3. Watch for Signs of Burnout

Employee well-being is essential for any workplace to function effectively. Unfortunately, some employers fail to prioritize this, which negatively impacts associates physically and/or mentally. Burnout has become increasingly common in recent years, resulting from inefficient work processes, lack of stability, and complex digital transformations.

 

If you constantly feel exhausted at work, find yourself taking more days off to care for yourself, or experience excessive anxiety or stress, you could be on the verge of burnout. Not only can burnout impact your health, but it can also affect your job performance, tarnishing your professional reputation.It’s crucial to speak to your employer about ways to tackle burnout before considering leaving. However, if they’re unable to provide the necessary support, it might be time to explore new job opportunities that prioritize employee well-being.

4. Consider Your Engagement and Motivation Levels

We all have days at work where we may wish we were spending time with our loved ones or on vacation instead. But just because you feel this way sometimes doesn’t necessarily mean you should jump ship and leave your employer. However, if you’re constantly feeling unmotivated or disinterested in your work, it could be a sign that you’re in the wrong place. Take a moment to reflect on why you go to work each day:

  • Are you gaining personal and/or professional growth and development?
  • Do you feel you have a sense of purpose?
  • Or are you simply trying to make a living?

If you don’t feel motivated to do your best work, it could have consequences down the line. If you’re no longer passionate about your work or the company, it might be time to explore other opportunities where you can feel more engaged and excited about your role.

 5. Are You Using Your Full Potential

It’s not uncommon for a job to turn out differently than we anticipated, even when the job description seems clear. As time goes on, your position may evolve to the point where you’re doing more of the tasks you dislike and fewer of the tasks that motivate and inspire you. While it’s not necessary to love every aspect of your job, you should feel you have opportunities to showcase your skills and realize your full potential. If your current employer isn’t making use of your talents, you may begin to feel dissatisfied and restless.

Before considering leaving your job, it’s worth talking to your manager about opportunities to take on new challenges or do more of what you enjoy. However, if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut with no options for growth, it may be time to consider a change.

 6. Consider the Feedback Experience

To thrive in any role, it’s essential to receive regular feedback and guidance from your managers and supervisors. This feedback should help you improve your skills and drive your professional growth. Equally important is feeling acknowledged for your hard work. If your efforts go unnoticed, and your leaders fail to provide recognition and rewards, you may begin to feel unfulfilled in your job.

Don’t settle for feeling like an afterthought. You can discuss your concerns with your boss or HR team and work towards solutions. However, if you find yourself continually overlooked and underappreciated, it may be time to consider finding a role where your contributions are valued and recognized. Remember, feeling like a valued and integral part of a team can greatly impact your overall job satisfaction and motivation.

Is it Time to Switch Employers?

Switching to a different role can be a big decision, but it can also lead to exciting opportunities for growth and development. If you’re considering a change, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@thablackdiamondagency.com or 919-813-2454 to help you find the perfect fit. From salary and benefits to a supportive work environment, we’ll work with you to identify your priorities and find a role that aligns with your professional goals. 

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Lileah Akiode

919-813-2454

lileah@theblackdiamondagency.com
Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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