THE ANSWER IS “RIGHT NOW.” Even when you’re employed and doing well in a hot industry, don’t wait for it to cool down or to experience an involuntary job loss before asking yourself, “What do I do next?” That question will answer itself if know the best time to look for a job is right now.
The concept of a “right now” or continuous job campaign
To look for a new job needs to be a continual process. You never can tell when the company you’ve been working for all these years will decide to transfer your job outside the U.S.A. or downsize your department.
We saw this happen on TV a couple of months ago. You’ll recall watching a manager tell 1400 shocked workers at the Carrier Air Conditioner Factory in Indianapolis Indiana they’ll lose their jobs as the factory is moved to Mexico.
Before this happens to you, stretch beyond your comfort zone —especially when you have a job—by practicing the concept of a continual job search. That’s also how to keep a step ahead of the downsizing committee.
How to conduct a continuous job search
Your career needs to be a continuous job search. That means to think about looking for a new job both right now—if you’ve just lost a job— and the day your next job begins.
We’re not talking about a regular job search while you’re gainfully employed. You need to keep a job for as long as possible or until you decide to move on to a better opportunity.
A continuous job search is conducted by keeping in touch with your network of contacts after landing a new job or before you’re forced to move on. When you understand the best time to look for jobs are right now you’ll find a job fast when you need it.
Check-in with your network regularly. And whenever you do, don’t ask for leads to jobs, but inquire about what’s going on in your industry and share your work experiences. You’ll use this feedback to enhance your current job. How? By adopting the best practices you’ve learned from your conversations in the field.
Then when it’s time to move on, your network of contacts is already in place and ready to help. And because networking is a two way street, be willing to advise and refer contacts who reach out to you.
Jobs need to be fulfilling and something you want to do very much
It’s estimated you spend over 60 percent of your time working. So you’ll be a happy camper with less angst when you do what you love and love what you do.
You’d be surprised how many of job finding clients I’ve worked with have admitted to drifting in and out of jobs without any forethought or planning. “It just happened,” they’d say when asked how they got into their line of work. Deciding what it is you’d love to do and then going for it will enhance your career.
If you’re working now, begin a continuous job search by networking with contacts who helped you land your current position. If you’re presently conducting a job campaign, keep your network green after you land by checking in with your contacts from time to time while using the ideas mentioned above.
Just as important as a continuous job search is knocking ’em dead in the job you have. You’ll learn how to be a better employee—a star at work—from your first day on the new job in the chapter titled, “What to Do for an Encore Now That You’ve Landed” in my book “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.” Learn what to do during the first week on the new job…how to set goals for a job… how to be liked by managers and fellow employees…and much more.
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