One of the most common question I here from my clients and business associates is, “When's the best time to start a new job search?” My answer, “Right now and always!”
I mean it! There is no better time than today to get connected to the opportunities that may be available to you in the future!
To further explain this, first we should talk about the worst time to look for a new job.
The worst time to look for a new job is when you have just been fired or laid off. Oh crap! Or when you have become so frustrated with your current position that you can’t take it anymore and you need to...Get. Out. Now.
These are bad situations to be in while looking or interviewing for a new job. The smell of desperation or fear will be oozing off of you and prospective employers will sense that a million miles away! You’re also be more likely to accept a position or salary that is less than desirable if you’re already unemployed or at your breaking point in your current situation.
This is why I say the best time to look for a new job is right now and always!
Ideally, you want to feel calm, cool and collected when you’re considering a new position or career change. You want to feel like there is nothing to lose and only things to gain. It’s best to be in the position of choice and control. This will help you achieve the greatest outcome for yourself.
If that’s not convincing enough, here are three more reasons why you should always be looking!
Looking at what’s out there opens you up to all sorts of networking opportunities! This can work to your advantage in a number of ways. When you entertain speaking to other professionals or organizations about employment you learn new things and you make new connections. Sometimes these connections can even turn out to be potential clients, or candidates for your own company! And sometimes they can be great referrals for you down the road.
Exploring new job opportunities will broaden your professional network and allow to have more connections to call upon when or if you really get serious about find a new position.
Better Understanding of your Market.
Getting out there and exploring new employment opportunities is an excellent way to understand the going rates in your career field!
Just by looking at job descriptions and the trends in openings will help you understand your market better.
You can see what new certifications employers might be looking for, or how the education or experience requirements may have changed since you last applied for a new position.
This is valuable stuff on so many levels!
Don’t miss your dream job!
This is my absolute favorite reason to always be looking and always be interviewing! If you’re not looking how will you know when your dream job becomes available?
If you think being the Marketing Director at a socially responsible start-up would be a dream come true then how will you ever know if that position exists or is available if you’re not out there searching for it?
Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Not looking for your dream job 100% guarantees you’ll miss it. Don’t miss it!
Now that you have all these compelling reasons to start actively looking for a new position let me help you understand how easy this can be!
If you’re happily employed, I am not suggesting you begin a full on job hunt. That’s time consuming and potentially stressful, I know! It can also be tricky to navigate with your current employer. (hey - if you're unsure of whether it's time for a career change or not, check out this article)
But here is what you should be doing...
Be active on linkedIn or other job sites.
Get a sense of what’s changing in your market and what’s out there.
Network with recruiters or hiring managers at organizations that interest you.
Be willing to take exploratory phone interviews to learn more.
- Keep your resume up to date and fresh at all times.
Look for your dream job and go after that one, with everything you’ve got, if you find it!
As always, I wish you the best of luck!
It’s my belief that if you’re feeling stuck or uninspired with your work you should do something about it! If you can get clear on what your passions, gifts and talents are, then you can take those things and launch the career or business or your dreams!
When people do work that they love, they change themselves, their families and the world :)
Thanks for reading!