There is no doubt that we’re currently in a candidates’ market. The Great Recession is nothing but a bad memory. There is low unemployment and a lot of employment opportunities, especially for the best candidates in the marketplace.
In the years immediately following the Great Recession, professionals were reluctant to consider a job change, and perhaps for good reason. But now? There’s no reason NOT to consider one.
What is your current situation? Have you felt the need to search for a new opportunity? Are you looking to grow within your field and also grow your career at the same time?
If the answer to these questions is “Yes,” then perhaps it’s time to conduct an honest analysis of your current employment situation.
While conducting this analysis, keep in mind that there’s a difference between being content and being happy. Unfortunately, some people cling to the status quo, even if the status quo isn’t what makes them happy. They believe that, “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.”
As a result, they don’t actively look for new opportunities. In fact, they won’t even consider a new employment opportunity if one is presented to them. This is backwards thinking, and it can have an adverse impact on the quality of your professional life.
Conducting an analysis of your current situation is a healthy exercise that all professionals should conduct from time to time. However, if you make the decision to do so, which criteria should you consider in your analysis?
While there are many criteria to consider and while each of them varies in importance depending upon the person and their situation, there is one BIG factor involved in a decision to search for a new job.
That factor is passion.
Even if you’re in an industry you enjoy, that doesn’t mean you have passion for the job you’re currently working. You could be in the right industry, but not in the right position. There are millions of people who find themselves in just such a situation.
- They want their job to be exciting.
- They want their work to be challenging and fulfilling.
- They want to be eager to go to work every day.
- But they’re NOT currently experiencing any of these things.
If you’re like most people in the employment marketplace, you want your job to do more than just pay the bills. You want your job to stimulate you on a number of different levels, including mentally, emotionally, and psychologically.
So with all of that in mind, you should ask yourself some questions during your analysis. These might be tough questions for you to answer, but they must be answered honestly. They include the following:
• Is my job exciting?
• Is my work challenging and fulfilling?
• Am I eager to go to work every day?
• Am I motivated to do the best I possibly can each and every day?
• Do I have an actual passion for what I do on a daily basis?
If your answers to these questions are “No” more often than “Yes,” then perhaps it’s time to take action. It’s time to explore this current candidates’ market and see what opportunities are available.
And it’s also time to partner with an experienced recruiter, one who has the knowledge and expertise to help you find your passion and grow your career at the same time.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place YOU, as well.