You’ve probably heard the phrase “Strike while the iron is hot” before. But what does that mean, exactly?
Well, in simple terms, it means that there’s a right time to do something. As you might have already guessed, the words used in this phrase are related to blacksmithing or a similar profession. When you’re forging steel with a hammer, you definitely want to “strike while the iron is hot.”
This allows you to shape and bend the steel to your liking. However, if you wait too long, then the steel is no longer malleable and you won’t be able to shape it correctly.
This analogy definitely pertains to your career and also to the employment marketplace at large.
That’s because when it comes to both ensuring job satisfaction and career growth, this is definitely time to “strike while the iron is hot.”
Actually, the word “hot” is a good word to use when describing the employment marketplace. That’s because employers are optimistic, and that optimism is driving a desire to hire. The unemployment rate is at the lowest level that it’s been in years, and there is a near-record number of job openings across the United States.
And in case you’re wondering, the industries with those job openings include Information Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing. Translation: there are a LOT of opportunities available in the marketplace for those professionals who are looking to improve their employment situation and grow their career.
In other words, the “iron is hot.”
There are basically only two ways to enjoy job satisfaction and grow your career. You can do it with your current employer or you can do it with another employer. The key is to decide which way is best for you.
To come to this determination, you must conduct an “audit” of sorts of your present situation. That means asking some tough questions about both your job and your employer. These questions can include the following:
- Do I enjoy what I do on a daily basis?
- Do I enjoy the people with whom I work?
- Do I have a good relationship with my supervisor or manager?
- Do I have access to training opportunities to sharpen my skills and add new ones?
- Do I have a career path at my current employer?
- Am I being compensated adequately for the value that I provide for the organization?
Your answers to these questions are key in determining which way is best for you. Perhaps you do enjoy what you do on a daily basis, have access to training opportunities, and are being compensated adequately.
However, if your current situation falls short in any of these areas, then it would be prudent to consider the other opportunities that exist within the marketplace. After all, those of you who remember The Great Recession know for a fact that the market is not this “hot” all the time.
But the marketplace IS “hot” right now. So right now is the time to “strike the iron.”
If you’re seeking more job satisfaction and career growth, The Doepker Group can help!