When it comes to career advice, I get a lot of advice (Both solicited and unsolicited) from my dad. One thing that he never really told me, but I picked up was advice about finding a job – you always need to keep your eye out. Even though I’m more or less content at my job, I apply for jobs all the time and today, I want to talk about why you should always be looking for a new job.
1. You Never Know when You’re Going to Lose Your Job
I think back to my political job. By September, two months before the election, I knew I wanted out. I was discreetly applying for jobs and had a few interviews in the weeks leading up to the election. While my situation was a little unique, I would have preferred that when I was let go, I had something lined up. Originally I was planning to leave at the end of the year, but I didn’t know I was going to be let go.
If you’re always looking and constantly interviewing you might already have a foot halfway in the door to a new job when you lose your old one.
2. It Keeps You Prepared
I’ve talked about it before, but losing practice on interviewing is never fun. I’m in a funk now, and when I start interviewing again, it will be painful. It’s like going to the gym or learning a language. If you don’t use that skill, you will lose it. Also, you never know when you might get the chance to interview at your own company for a new position, and you want to be steady on that interview!Want to help your career out? Always look for job openings, because you never know what life will throw at you. Click To Tweet
3. Even if You’re Happy, What if You Find Something Better?
For the most part, I enjoy the company I work for and I like most of my teammates at work. However, 100% this job is not what I thought I’d be three years after graduation. I ache for a job with a little challenge, because as I told my manager last week, I feel like I’ve already mastered this job. I’m consistently one of the top performers and I’ll admit, I think I’ve made others feel a little nervous by how quickly I figured this job out.
Even though I’m pretty awesome at the job, I want something more. I want something creative. Just a few weeks ago, a recruiter contacted me and the job would have been perfect for me – but it was in the middle of moving and I think I probably took too long to respond.
Either way, the next time I’ll be more timely with my response to recruiters because I want something more.
At the end of the day, I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I want to be prepared. When that perfect day job comes around, I want to be as prepared as I can be, and I don’t want to wait for it to happen – I want to go find it again.
That’s why I always look for jobs on Linkedin, that’s why I constantly tweak my resume, that’s why as soon as it’s February 1, I’ll be buying my name back as a domain. So I can have my website up and be able to push potential employers back to it. All of this is done in hopes that I can land back into public relations or advertising. I do all of these things hoping to get my career back on track.
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