I Work in an Environment That Is EXTREMELY Toxic

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Dear Nikki, 

I work in an environment that is EXTREMELY toxic due to lack of respect from upper management to on-site staff. I toughed it out as long as possible but I'm ready to make a new professional move. I'm a recent graduate... kinda (I'm a 1.5 years out of undergrad), but I already have held both Manager and Director roles. My issue is that I want to venture into a different field and have no real idea where/how to begin my search for the right opportunities that don't feel like "starting over" considering what experience I DO have in my current role. But I also need to move quickly, for my mental health's sake! Advice for the job search?


North Carolina, USA


I'm glad that you've recognized early in your career that your current environment is not a good fit for you. You're ahead of the game!

I think, in any job search that it's important to document the skill set you have that you want to continue to use moving forward and apply in areas that match that skill set. 

Consider using a head hunter in the new field or in multiple fields because they're aware of jobs that you may not know of just by doing a normal job search. When you speak to your head hunter, be sure to tell them what you're looking for in your next venture (including workplace environment). 

Unless your current experience is in a segmented sector, you shouldn't have a problem finding something in a different field. It's all about how you pitch yourself in an interview and on your resume. 

You got this, girl! Good luck!

Nikki Davis

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