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Is it wise to change shops in this job climate

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SouthernStyle, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. SouthernStyle

    SouthernStyle Member

    Times are hard. No one will disagree with that. With almost every chain experiencing some type of cuts, job security is more valuable than ever.

    So my question is this: Would it be wise to take a nice raise for a gig in another shop if you are secure in your current job?
  2. owelles

    owelles New Member

    If you think that anyone in newspapers, from publishers to clerks, is "secure" in their job situation these days, you're either extremely optimistic or badly misinformed.
  3. VJ

    VJ Member

    Depends, is it a union paper?
  4. SouthernStyle

    SouthernStyle Member

    Not a union paper.

    Agreed. But some are more secure than others.
  5. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Would you have to move to take the other gig? If the answer is yes, would the raise cover the cost of living difference?

    But if you want a job that might be more secure, then get out of journalism.
  6. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    Nothing is secure. and there's no such thing as raises anymore.
    If you have an opportunity to make more money and find better happiness, take it.
    But don't stay at your current shop out of fear.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Change shops? No...

    Change careers? Yes...
  8. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    No. We've heard about some papers laying off people with the least amount of service time. Also, the longer you've been at a particular paper, the better your severance package will be (in theory.)
  9. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    No. Hold on to the job you have now until they tell you to leave.
  10. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    You can't live your life in fear. Definitely question the new prospective bosses about buyouts, and layoffs. But if it's going to happen, it's going to happen - no matter if you stay at your current shop or not.
  11. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Bingo. I changed jobs a few months ago -- despite being in a "secure" position, it was an increasingly toxic situation that wasn't worth whatever security I had through seniority. I'm much happier now, no matter what happens at this current shop (and I'm preparing for anything.)

    You can't live your life waiting for the other shoe to drop.
  12. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    And we all trust potential future bosses to be completely forthright about the financial (future raises, ad revenue online and in print) and personnel (hired or laid off this many people in the past year, open positions, understaffed) situations at the paper while trying to convince an applicant that he should ply his trade there?

    You're far better people than I.
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