Times are Good, But Still Keep Looking
When times are comfortable, it's easy to become relaxed. We're all guilty of it; our immediate needs are taken care of, so we begin to settle in to our current jobs and roles. While most will say they want increased roles eventually, the initiative to continue seeking better jobs and careers begins to slow as comfort takes over and change is seen as risk.
However, it's when times are good that we should be continuing to keep an eye open and an ear to the ground on where career paths and opportunities appear. Let's face it, more job growth happens when people are hiring and expanding than during hard times. So, doesn't it make sense to take advantage of demand and leverage better career options when possible?
Proactive seeking of new career paths on a regular basis marks the difference between those who actively rise up in their careers and those who become essentially seat warmers in the same job year after year. And when management looks for who to keep and whom to let go when times start to become tough, there not going to let go of their rising stars first. Instead, those targeted tend to be the ones who've been entrenched in the same position for years without showing any growth career-wise. So, in effect, staying put is actually unhealthy for your long-term career prospects.
Besides, what's wrong with just looking and staying in tune with where the job market is? Even just putting out applications, looking and going to an interview or two keeps you on your toes as well as in tune with what the job market is looking for. The last thing you want to do as a worker looking for a job is to learn the demands of the market under pressure when you need a job the most. Your lack of preparation and awareness comes through, and it's a common problem with older workers who return to the job-hunting market after years of being out of touch. Don't be a statistic; keep looking even when times are good. You'll be surprised by what you learn about today's hiring as well as what might be possible for your career.