Article by Max Schnepper, Practice Manager at Workbridge Orange County
When you’re in IT, it’s all about approaching systems proactively versus reactively. So why not approach your career the same way? As a Practice Manager in Workbridge Orange County, too many times have I sat down with extremely competent candidates who were unexpectedly laid off due to no fault of their own. These unemployed jobseekers are often desperate to find an adequate role, let alone one that further develops their skills. If you end up in this type of situation, you're playing from behind –be proactive and put the power back in your hands!
Below are a few of the reasons why you should look for a new role when you’re still at your current employer.
Time Is On Your Side
How long could you support yourself and your dependents without a steady paycheck? That time frame is the maximum amount of time you have to find an adequate position once you’ve left your current position. If you start looking proactively while you’re still at your current employer, your time frame for taking a new role is exponentially expanded. This way, you can focus on finding a position that you’re excited about and one that will fast-track your career, as opposed to one that will simply pay the bills.
No pressure, you’re already viewed as an asset!
Many hiring managers have told me that the best candidates are the ones who are actively working. Employed candidates are viewed as being proven assets. Where does this mindset come from? Well… have you ever wanted or needed something so badly that when under pressure, you’ve completely botched your attempt to get it? Unfortunately, this happens all the time during interviews when you’re facing unemployment. On the other hand, if you begin your search while you have a comfortable employment situation, you’re taking a significant amount of pressure off of yourself and lessen the likelihood of self-sabotage when interviewing for a new role.
Be Proactive- Start Your Job Search Today!
Get What You Really Want
Room to Negotiate
Lastly, you’ll have more control of dictating what your final offer will be. Simply, what will it take for you to leave your comfortable role to start at a new and exciting company? Everything in terms of compensation should line up— don’t forget that salary isn’t everything, instead focus on the total package the company offers. Not only will you have the upper-hand on getting a higher hitting salary range, you’ll also have leverage to get additional vacation time, flexible hours, stock options and a myriad of other perks that are possible in an offer.
So if you’re not in an absolute ideal position, make sure you’re keeping your eyes and ears open to new and exciting opportunities. Better yet, call your localized and specialized recruiter and tell them exactly what your current situation is and where you’d like to be!