After major events in your life, like…I don’t know…hurricanes for example? (Hello Harvey, Irma and Maria) People often take a step back to re-evaluate their goals and objectives in life. Am I on the career path I want to be on? Have my goals changed? What is really important to me at this point in my life? If your goals have changed, or if you’re bored, then it’s time you start looking for your next role immediately. This economy won’t stay in an employee driven market indefinitely.
TODAY IS THE RIGHT TIME TO LOOK FOR YOUR NEXT CAREER
Recently it has been reported that across the United States there are about 6 million jobs available for job seekers. If there was ever a time for you to be in a strong position to begin looking for a job, that day is today. As in right now, immediately. With this market, employers are screaming for great talent. Because of that, you have more leverage than normal. If you are employed, you can be patient for the right position to come your way and you can negotiate. The power is in your hands. If the position is the right fit for you, jump at it. If not, keep looking. The responsibility falls on the business to fit the needs of their top candidate in today’s market, not the other way around.
FINDING THE RIGHT JOB FOR YOU MAY NOT HAPPEN QUICKLY, NETWORKING IS KEY
Many times I hear people complain about networking, heck even I do sometimes, but when you open yourself up to meeting new people you also open yourself up to new opportunities you didn’t know existed. Part of finding a job, even if you aren’t looking, is simply making yourself more available to meet new people who have their own networks of friends and colleagues. I will argue that networking is a far more effective job searching tool than applying to anything online. Personal interactions are always better than computers.
DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
Occasionally, we will have candidates tell us they are not interested in a position or even an interview because the stated pay range or job description is not exactly what they are looking for. I would be willing to bet that if you speak to a recruiter, most of us will be able to tell you about a candidate we sent to a client who ended up hiring our person for another position completely. Generally speaking, always take the interview and learn about the company. Show them who you are and how you could add value to their business if you worked there! Anything is possible when two people get into a room and start talking.
If you were like me when I first got out of college, you hated the question (or some variation of) where would you like to be in 5 years? At the time my internalized never to be spoken publicly answer was: I have no idea, right now I just want to move out of my parent’s basement. As you move along in your career, however, that question is what you should be asking yourself. Life happens and our goals and objectives can change. There is nothing wrong with that, but we need to be honest with ourselves about where we are in life and determine what type of career path you should be on today.
Don’t be complacent in your career. Now is the time to at least explore your options and to open yourself up to new adventures. Don’t be afraid of change and don’t fall victim to being comfortable. With 6 million positions open across the United States, there is bound to be one that fits your goals, salary expectations, and interests, but that job won’t necessarily come find you. Hopefully, this will help some of you find the motivation to make a change and take advantage of our current market. It really is the best time to be looking.