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Happy With your Job? It’s Time To Look for a New One

Happy With your Job? It’s Time To Look for a New One

Waiting until you need a job is the worst time to look for one. Even if you like the job you have, looking for the next opportunity is a smart career move. And if an opportunity comes along, you don’t have to take it. The choice is yours.

Here are 3 reasons you should look for a new job even if you are happy where you are.

Your ideal job may not be available the next time you're looking for one.

Whether something happens and you decide to quit or you're laid off, you be looking for something quickly and may end up taking something that isn't ideal for you simply because you need a job.

If you're looking for a job while you're still gainfully employed at something you like, your job search is really about making a step up, whether that's an increase in your position on increasing your scope and responsibilities. If you wait until you need a job, your next job may end up being lateral or even a step backwards. Looking for a job now before you actually need one is more of a career move than a job hunt. Remember, if you find something, you don't have to take it. That's the point. You have more choices when you are still employed.

The job network won't wait for you.

Many jobs aren't advertised, particularly more senior positions, and if they are, you are much less likely to see the if you aren’t looking. If you wait until you need a job to start networking, connect with head-hunters and keeping your ears to the ground for available positions, it will be too late.

If you're not in a hurry for new job, that's even better. You can foster a network within your industry, which you should do anyway, and lay the groundwork by asking people in your network about the job market, and even plant the seed that while you are happy where you are, you would like to hear about new opportunities. Something might come up next month or next year, but at least you will hear about it. Be sure to share the job market knowledge you pick up with others in your network. In other words, be sure to give, not just take.

You should also connect with head-hunters who deal in the industry and type of position you are interested in. Let them know what you're looking for so if a job comes up that fits your requirements, they will check to see if you're interested. There's nothing wrong with being approached about a new job. If you want, you can pursue it. If not, just say no thanks – this time. And if you can, help them out and pass it along to someone else in your network who may be interested.

You're in the best possible negotiating position for salary and benefits when you don't need the job.

Human resources managers know that if you're out of work and looking, you're likely to settle for less. If you already have a job you like, you have more leverage with the company who wants to hire you.

Getting a new job in a different company is the easiest way to improve your financial petition. Unless a promotion is imminent within your existing company, your compensation is unlikely to improve very much where you are. And sometimes, even internal promotions have come with limitations in the % your salary can increase. By starting now, you are more likely to find a new job that you like even more than your current one, is a great stepping stone in your career and significantly improve your compensation.

About Michel Theriault

Michel is the founder of Success Fuel for Managers. He is an author, speaker and consultant focusing on topics relevant to Managers and aspiring Managers in businesses of all sizes who want to get results, get attention, and get ahead. He is also a contributor to Forbes and AllBusiness Experts . Michel is available for speaking engagements, training and consulting. Connect with him or send an email.

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