New Job, Fresh Start

So, last week, I progressed in my career. I was in my previous, and first, job for over two years - first as an apprentice and then as a full time staff member. Whilst in this job, I learnt a lot. It gave me the experience I needed to move onto something better. I want to encourage others to always be on the look out for new opportunities.

For one, always look at what other employers in your industry are paying people in similar roles. My former employer was underpaying me, and continues to underpay its staff, given what recruiters have told me. So, make sure to keep comparing your salary with others. Moving on could really benefit you, as it has me. No names to be named, but the pay I was on was awful - and the company should be ashamed for paying people such horrendous pay for the jobs that they do. It’s despicable.

Secondly, don’t move on too quickly unless you really need to. You should stay in a job for a year or two, unless something really bad happens that means that you can’t. It allows you to build up even more experience, allowing you to progress even more. Plus, you never know, you could even progress with your current employer. They could promote you.

Answer calls from recruiters. If you’re being called, it means that a CV you have posted online is quite clearly good. This is how I got my new job - a recruiter contacted me and helped me through the process.

So, always keep an eye out and see what’s out there.


  1. Definitions of defamation
    1. You should be on guard against making statements which could be defamatory. A defamatory statement is one which injures the reputation of another person: it "tends to lower him in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally1".

    2. Such a statement constitutes a "libel" if it is:

    published (publication, for these purposes, is simply the communication of the defamatory matter to a third person)2; and
    in writing, print or some other permanent form.
    3. A statement will amount to a "slander" if it is

    published; and
    made orally or in some other transient form.
    4. An action for defamation can be brought by:

    an individual;
    a company, in respect of statements that damage its business reputation.
    5. An action for defamation cannot be brought by a Local Authority2 nor by any other public authority.

    6. Section 1(1) of the 2013 Defamation Act introduced a new test which provides that a statement is not defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of the claimant. This is qualified by s 1(2) in that for the purposes of the section, harm to the reputation of a body that trades for profit is not "serious harm" unless it has caused or is likely to cause the body serious financial loss.

  2. You should be careful James, I hope you'll take some earnest advice from someone who's been around for a while...

    First off - recruiters will always exaggerate salary's, they are trying to get you as a client and want you to think that they'll make you rich if you align with them.

    Secondly - In this "un-named" previous position, what exactly was your previous experience? Do you believe that you should get the going rate for someone experienced in a role right out of the gate? Do you also believe that other people that work for this company are stupid and don't know what they should be paid? You are cleverer than everyone else, is that it?

    Lastly - this sort of reactionary behaviour is not a good look. Future employers will look at your online presence and note that you're happy to post negative and unsubstantiated claims about your previous employers and will most definitely think twice about whether they'll want to employ such a person themselves.

    You're not being helpful, so stick to what you do know, and both you, and the World at large, will be a little better off for it.


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