2/8/18

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Looking for a New Job


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When is the last time you looked for a new job?

Attention to detail is key; this article is not called 3 reasons why you should get a new job. Trying to get a new job implies you’re not completely happy with your current job or you think that there are better opportunities available. If you’re trying to get a new job then you should definitely be looking, but just because you don’t want to get a new job doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be looking. Sounds kind of weird, I know.

When I say looking for a new job, I’m not talking about actively applying or talking to recruiters. In my opinion, looking for a new job simply means keeping an eye on the job market. It means answering questions like:

  • How many companies in my area have positions in my field?
  • How many of those companies are actively hiring?
  • If I lost my job today, how easily could I get a new one?
  • Is the number of jobs in my area increasing or decreasing?
  • Where would be the first 3 places I would apply if I needed a new job?



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Looking for a new job doesn’t mean you’re currently dissatisfied with your role or position. In fact, even if you love your job, I’d still encourage you to stay in touch with the job market and here are 3 reasons why.

1. If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse


While this saying is more commonly used in sports, I think the methodology still applies to the job market. If you’re not staying up to date on job opportunities and employment in your city and in your field, then you’re getting behind in your career. As a professional, you owe it to yourself to stay at the top of your field, and one of the best ways to do that is staying in touch with the job market.

One of the easiest ways to stay in tune with the job market is keeping up to date with platforms like LinkedIn, Glassdoor, or Indeed. Keeping up to date doesn't mean you need to peruse these sites with a magnifying glass 24/7; just check once or twice a month to see who is hiring and what opportunities are in your area. Again, looking at these sites doesn't mean that you want a new job - the purpose is simply to raise your awareness.

2. You never know when a company will change or restructure


If there’s one thing that is constant in every profession and career path it’s this: things change! Whether you’re a banker or a chemist, your jobs are changing, and the companies you work for are changing, too. Today’s world keeps getting faster and faster, and companies have to change even more suddenly to keep up with industry trends and standards. Sometimes these changes can result in a loss of jobs, sometimes to even the company’s highest potential employees.

If you were to lose your job today, do you have a back-up plan? Don't let a company's change of plans take you out of the game - always have a back-up plan and know what you would do if doomsday came.

3. It keeps your network up and running

Being at the same company or in the same role for many years can take a toll on your professional network. While you may develop some deep, meaningful relationships, it can be challenging to keep your broader network alive and breathing.

Have you ever heard the saying, "It's not about what you know, it's about who you know,"? Maintaining your professional network is a critical element of staying relevant in your career. A strong network needs both deep and broad relationships to be effective, and staying in touch with the job market can help keep those broader connections alive.

Aside from periodically searching the job boards on LinkedIn or Glassdoor, keep tabs on your contacts that work in other cities or at other companies. Make it a point to reach out to them from time to time to see how their job is going or to learn what is going on with their company. The more frequently you reach out to others in your extended network, the more lively that network will become. Conversely, if you fail to give it enough attention, your extended network will shrivel up and die. (Smart Money Seed is not implying that lack of contact will actually cause death to those in your network.)

Don't let yourself down.

If I haven't said it enough times already, let me say it one more time. Staying in tune with the job market doesn't mean you are not happy with your current job. Touching base with a contact from another company doesn't mean you are ready to jump ship and start a new career. 

Keeping tabs on local job opportunities is simply about raising your awareness, and as a top-rate professional, you owe it to yourself to be aware. Keep those connections alive, stay current with opportunities in your area, and make sure you're ready for any curveball your professional career throws at you!

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