Episode 53: This Isn’t The Job I Thought It Was – Maria Pietroforte

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Happy Team Members = Profitable Company

Set yourself up for success!  Today’s guest, Maria Pietroforte, offers customized coaching to help create a culture of connection, intention, and growth.  In this podcast she uses her unique perspective to help inspire ambition in those looking for change and also exposes blind spots that could be holding you back.  If you are thinking about a career change or even just wondering if the job you are currently in is the right fit for you then you definitely want to listen in!

  • 1:10 – Meet Maria – entrepreneur, motivational speaker, organizational strategist with 30 years experience in turnarounds and startups
  • 2:25 – Job opportunities are everywhere and many people are making job changes following the pandemic
  • 3:25 – What if the job isn’t what you thought it would be?
  • 3:53 – Some companies can appear great from the outside, but it’s what they look like on the inside that counts – do they value their employees?
  • 4:44 – Do they say one thing, but do another?
  • 5:27 – People pleasers – why hire people pleasers? – They tend to be customer service people and since they aim to please.  They don’t like to rock the boat, but that also makes it hard to get honest feedback.
  • 6:30 – Companies weren’t structurally built from a place where the team is first.  Most were built with revenue first and this needs to be flipped.    
  • 7:16 – Step 1- talk to someone in (HR is a good place to start)
  • 8:47 – Employee engagement is really important – if you’re not listening to your employees and asking them questions then you’re not going to know what’s going on
  • 9:45 – Do your research! – before you jump ship research the other company to find out if their words match their actions
  • 10:30 – Look at turnover rates – most people know if the position isn’t for them in 6-9 months.  If there is a lot of turnover in this timeframe beware. 
  • 11:39 – Be prepared – have a list of questions for your interview and when your negotiating, including what’s the career path and get an org chart
  • 13:24 – Map it out – clearly show career paths so anyone can see what steps they need to take depending on where they want to go
  • 14:00 – What’s your ambition? – it’s not always just about the money
  • 14:30 – Exit strategy – be aware of your exit strategy and make sure you think about the full picture.  Give notice and let the company have some control over how you announce it and part on good terms
  • 15:33 – Check out websites like Glassdoor – see what people are saying about the organization and formulate questions around what you find out
  • 16:06 – Make a list of what you want – PTO, sick days, bonuses, reviews?
  • 17:01 – If they ask you to join them in less than 2 weeks they aren’t respectful of others in the business place and that’s a red flag
  • 18:18 – If a company is fixed on we can’t, we can’t, we can’t during the interview –  think twice about joining that company

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