There is a misnomer in the employment marketplace. (Actually, there’s more than one, but we’re going to focus on just one in the interest of this particular blog post.)
That misnomer is this: you have to be looking for a job in order to consider a new job.
That’s simply not true.
What IS true is that, yes, if you’re actively looking for a new job, then you would be more prone to considering a new job. After all, you’re an active job seeker. However, just because you’re not an active job seeker doesn’t mean that you can’t consider a new employment opportunity.
In fact, it’s often when you’re not even looking that you find a great new job. How many stories have you heard of somebody who experienced just such a thing? Perhaps you have done so at some point in your life, as well.
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you come across a new employment opportunity. Perhaps a colleague lets you know about it. Maybe a recruiter presents it to you. Or maybe you just sort of “stumble across it,” which can happen from time to time.
Even if you weren’t looking for a new job, it makes sense to at least consider this new employment opportunity. And below are four reasons why this is the case:
#1—You have more leverage.
When you’re considering a new job and you already have a good job, you’re moving from a position of strength, as opposed to a position of weakness. This means you have more flexibility and you can make better decisions. In other words, you can “take it or leave it.” You’re not feeling pressure to take something that you don’t really want.
#2—You can gain information.
Even if you don’t go anywhere and you stay right where you are, you’re gaining some new information, at the very least. You have an idea of the kinds of employment opportunities that are available in the marketplace when the times comes for you to make a move.
#3—You stay in practice.
In practice for what? In practice for when the time comes for you to make a move, which we just mentioned a couple of sentences ago. Considering employment opportunities is like anything else. The more you practice, the better you become.
#4—Because you never know.
What the heck does this mean? It means that you never know when an employment opportunity that you decide to consider, maybe even on a whim, will turn out to be the opportunity of a lifetime. Or at the very least, it could turn out to be an opportunity that represents the next step in your career journey. Every career has some unexpected turns. You just want those unexpected turns to be as positive as possible.
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