Work is a huge part of our lives; few things are more important than enjoying what we do for a living. If your job has you feeling bored, unaccomplished and undervalued, you should consider making a change. You might be in a job you love, but career experts say you should always be on the lookout for another. It’s not that you’re ungrateful or hard to please, but going through the process of job hunting while still employed makes you a better person and, one could even argue, a better employee. Below are 5 reasons the content employee or passive job seeker should ALWAYS be open to other opportunities.
• There is never a right time
Time and opportunities don’t just sit around and wait for you. Christopher Columbus said, “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Are you unhappy with your assignments, or feel like you have stopped learning? Are there no newer or more challenging assignments? Have you taken the time to talk with your boss to assure yourself that there really is no room for growth? Have you tried to make things better at work, but to no avail? Now is the time to think about other possibilities.
• Things can change quickly
If you would have told me 2 years ago that I would be living in Kentucky, I would have laughed, but things can change quickly. Your company might go under or your position in your existing company might plummet. You might be the golden child to your current supervisor, but what happens if he or she leaves and your new boss doesn’t like you? Always stay ahead and keep your options open.
• Change can be good
Let’s face it: embracing change is no fun. Everyone likes staying in his or her comfort zone. After all, they call it a “comfort” zone for a reason. Even if you resist or avoid it, it will enter your life just the same. When you initiate the change yourself, it’s pretty easy to adapt to it, since it’s a wanted one. In general, when looking back, I realize that all the good things in my life are the results of changes that occurred in the past. Maybe a new job/new people/new responsibilities/new challenge is exactly what you need. Don’t be scared of change; embrace it and be excited about it.
• Helps you clarify what you want
We often hear people saying that the grass just looks greener on the other side of the fence, that our grass is just as green or greener, but that’s not always true. Sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. You never know what another company is truly made of until you see it firsthand. Going out to look for a new job helps you see your existing job more clearly. Maybe you are in a terrible situation and never realized it or maybe that boss that you don’t like might look like an angel compared to the one who interviewed you today. Having a conversation with a recruiter or another potential employer won’t hurt anyone. It will help you clarify what you want, and help you appreciate what you have too.
• The right opportunity doesn’t always knock twice
Gloria Estefan said, “The sad truth is that opportunity doesn’t knock twice. You can put things off until tomorrow but tomorrow may never come. Where will you be a few years down the line? Will it be everything you dreamed of? We seal our fate with the choices we make, but don’t give a second thought to the chances we take.” Opportunity isn’t concrete. It’s something you SEE… something you FEEL… something you SENSE. I’m not suggesting you chase after every opportunity presented. I’m telling you that life and people can change in an instance, and it never hurts to have options. If you get the right opportunity, go for it and don’t look back.
At the end of the day making career decisions is never easy when you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Making a change is stressful, even if it’s a good change. The good news is Vaco has created a different kind of company – one with an uncommon culture, an empowered and entrepreneurial environment where the best and the brightest can come and spend the rest of their spirited careers, fulfilling their professional and financial potential.
And that extreme client service – it’s the cornerstone on which Vaco is built. Vaco puts the right people together on the right journeys. Since 2002, Vaco has grown from one office in Nashville, TN, to more than 30 offices across the country. In fact, since 2007, we’ve been ranked by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America. And, our individual offices consistently have been recognized by leading business publications for their leadership, growth and community involvement.
So, we think we’re doing something right. Experience what happens when you chose to free yourself, too.
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Frizzell, Brett. Tues, 4 Oct 2016. “Stop Settling and Start Searching for Your Dream Job.” LinkedIn.com. Retrieved from: http://ow.ly/3jPr3052Rc7