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Millennial at a job going nowhere, help!

Apr 14, 2014 at 6:30pm | Leave a comment

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So, I’m a millennial, just starting out in the workforce and I still have a lot to learn. When I graduated from college I was unemployed for eight months before finding a job as a receptionist at a really cool company. I’ve been there for a little over a year and while I really like my job the company is very small and there’s not a lot of room for growth, and the pay is not great. So I’m gearing up to start looking for a new job.
My question is, um, how do I do it? I’ve never had to look for a job while I already had one before. All my previous jobs were internships and work-study that just ended, no quitting or getting fired or anything like that. When I was unemployed I devoted myself full time to finding a job so I would have several interviews a week at whatever time of day was most convenient for the interviewer. Obviously I can’t do it quite the same way without putting my current job at risk. I know to use sick time and go on my lunch break to interviews, but at what point does that become suspicious?
I would also like to move up the latter at least a little both career and pay-wise. Am I being too ambitious? Should I look for more specialized assistant-type jobs or should I stick with secretary jobs? Or should I stay at my current job longer? Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

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