In today’s work environment, this might be the situation that most people feel they relate to. You don’t dislike where you currently work but if something better came along, you’d consider it.
Even a generation ago, people expected jobs for life – to find a company and work their way up as far as they could before retiring.
If you’ve made your start in this industry a little late in your career, you might still have this mindset – and that’s fine. But it’s worth noting that there isn’t the same expectation of employees to work their whole career in one company.
As long as you’re not changing jobs every year or two, your CV won’t be considered unusual with a few changes of company.
If you’re in this category, it’s probably most important that you take some time reasonably regularly to take stock of your situation and see if it’s changed.
Many people just let their current circumstances continue, unchallenged. With the opportunities this current environment can offer, that could be a mistake.
So every 6 months or every year (perhaps as you prepare for performance reviews), sit down and consider if you’re still happy where you are and if there are aspects of your career you’d like to change.
But how do you go about doing this?
- If you’re happy with the level of job and responsibility you currently have, is your salary at a point you’re happy with (and in line with industry norms)?
- If you’re ultimately looking to progress beyond your current level, is that a possibility within your current company?
- And if it is possible, is this something you’re clear on how to achieve?
- Are you being offered the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and learn new things (if this is what you want)?
- Is your work-life balance at a point you’re happy with? (For example if a different company has opened a new site closer to your home, there might be the opportunity for a shorter commute or a change in shift pattern)
- Are there jobs out there that you’d be qualified to do that are offering better salaries or perks?
When weighing up all these options, try not to get too distracted by one aspect of any other company and consider them as a whole package. The grass isn’t always greener and you need to fully consider the risks associated with the unknowns of a new company.
It’s worth noting that people will often put themselves in this group because it seems like the easiest option. But if you’re truly in this group, you’ve almost got double the work to do. Thinking you can just sit back and a job will magically land on your doorstep is unlikely to be a recipe for career success.
All too often people think they’re in this category and time simply passes them by.
Actually, it’s probably best to follow the advice for the group above and the group below. You’re well placed to take advantage of the opportunities available to both groups in this current industry boom.
You can prepare yourself with all the necessary information about your local options and make sure you’re receiving current job opening to your inbox (as described above) without the active job hunt. You can also make sure you’re getting the most out of your current situation by discussing progression or alternative opportunities with your current company (as described below).
Either way, make sure you keep up with industry networking. If you’re “passively job hunting” (i.e. you’re open to a new opportunity but you’re not necessarily spending hours each week looking for it), networking is where you’re likely to find the best returns.
Much like our jobs board being delivered to your inbox, networking will allow you to hear about opportunities as soon as they’re available and give you a chance to consider if it’s the great thing you’ve been waiting for.
Networking also allows you to get to know the opportunities that other companies offer their staff and know what you might realistically expect from a role there.
The other main reason people put themselves in this group is because it’s often easier just to stay where you are. Change takes effort. And people often don’t know where to start.
If that’s the reason you’ve put yourself into this group – you’re definitely not making the most of the opportunities of this current market. Consider our Advanced Career Coaching programme.
It takes the uncertainty out of the process by laying out the steps you need to take, one at a time. We’ll help you decide which roles are right for you and show you how to successfully job hunt around your current role.