No matter the payroll or HR position you hold, chances are you’re not receiving a gold watch and a retirement party from your current employer. Even if you’re in a rock-solid, secure job, someday you’ll be faced with a decision to look for a new job. How do you know that “someday” isn’t today?
Name dropping gets a bad rap as it’s often used to cash in on a person’s associations to advance one’s own position. The worst “offenders” drop names of people they barely know as a close ally when in reality the relationship may be best characterized as “casual acquaintances.”
Like it or not, the interview process for your next HR/payroll opportunity can be eerily similar to dating. You may find a match right away (love at first sight) or it could take numerous interviews to find your connection (longer courtship).
You’ve gone through the application process… waited by the phone… taken interviews… waited by the phone… When you finally get that HR or payroll job offer, take a breath, pat yourself on the back, and take your time with an answer. Even if you are 99.99% sure you want the job, don’t be afraid to say – “Before I take this HR/payroll job, it’s my turn to think, take a minute, and get back to you.”