These are good times for job seekers and candidates in the employment marketplace. For one thing, the economy seems to be doing just fine. For another thing, the unemployment rate in the country has been hovering near historic lows.
And not only that, but employers are also quite eager to hire. They’re even being more proactive and even aggressive in industries where candidates are particularly scarce. That’s because they literally can not afford to not hire the people they need.
We’ve addressed what this means for employers in a previous blog post, but what does this mean for job seekers and candidates? It means the following:
- We are in a candidates’ market, with plenty of employment opportunities and options.
- There is a scarcity of top candidates in many industries, including within the Information Technology and Engineering fields.
- People are changing jobs more frequently, driven in large part by the habits of the Millennial Generation. On average, professionals are changing jobs every three to five years. However, some are changing jobs as frequently as every 18 months to two years, and those people are not being labeled as “job hoppers.”
Now, it makes sense that if there are more employment opportunities and options and that more job seekers and candidates are taking advantage of those opportunities and options, then these job seekers and candidates must resign from their current employer. After all, you can’t go to work for another employer until you tell your current employer that you’re done working for it.
When it comes to your resignation, there are two main things to keep in mind:
- Do NOT be afraid to submit your resignation. (By this, we mean afraid of the repercussions, if any, from your employer.)
- Make sure that you resign the right way.
What does it mean to resign the right way? We’re glad you asked that question! Below is the answer:
- When you accept another company’s offer of employment, you are giving your word and making a commitment that you’re going to work for that company. It’s not a “maybe,” it’s a “will be.”
- After accepting the offer, submit your resignation in writing and give notice at your current employer. The time frame involved should be about two weeks.
- Do NOT accept a counter-offer from your employer if one is made after you submit your resignation and give notice.
- Do NOT accept another company’s offer of employment after you’ve accepted the first offer.
- Work out your two weeks to the best of your ability and prepare for your exciting new career move.
Times are good, so take advantage of them. But be mindful of the potential pitfalls that exist and do your best to avoid them.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.