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Posted on Wed 02nd May, 2012 - --- (7 comments)

I constantly meet with professionals who are desperate to leave their current job. They were happy and maybe not that long ago, but for whatever reason they have got to the point where the very thought of turning up to work makes them feel miserable.

When I meet with these people I question why it has taken them until now to start looking for a job? Desperation nearly always means people do not present themselves as well as they normally would. Without meaning to, they will often come across negatively, jaded, even a bit miserable which are all major turn offs to future employers. But even if they can act through it, when someone gets to this stage, they make poor decisions . Their standards and criteria drop dramatically. An average job can suddenly look great although in reality it is just a way out. This will inevitably mean that in a few months, when they are seeing life a bit rosier, they will realise that they have sold themselves short and will often end up leaving the new role quickly. Suddenly their CV is starting to look a bit messy.

If you are happy in your current job then the likelihood is that you won’t consider looking for another job any time soon and that is fine. You may stay with your present employer for another 10 years. However, things out of your control can impact your situation. Take the banking sector as a recent example. A lot  bankers found themselves without a job very quickly, and let’s be honest, how many employees predicted that or saw it coming? All the banks were involved in retrenchment  and cost cutting since last year.

Perhaps that is unlikely to happen again, but the most seemingly secure companies can wound up. Beyond stability, I have seen examples when new managers are bought in who have a different style, change the structure etc. Suddenly a happy and financially rewarding job  becomes not so great anymore. It is dangerous to assume things will always remain the same.

Outside of your own company the corporate landscape can change quickly. New companies enter the market, mergers and acquisitions occur, decision makers change and these can all create new career opportunities in your sector. That dream job can sometimes come along, as do new and better salary packages that are just too good to turn down.

If you are not keeping up to date with what is going on, then you are not managing your career thoroughly. As a career professional, you should have the same pro-active approach to managing your career as you do to winning new clients, building your team, increasing your profits, seeking an internal promotion or similar.

From experience, getting a new job can take a minimum of six months to one year when you are seriously looking. It becomes a little harder when you’re not working. It can take years to bounce back into the employment sector.

So, don't wait until you are desperate, miserable or forced to look for a new job. Regardless of how fantastically happy and secure you are at the moment. Give your career a regular health check - you may just need to or be surprised with what you find. If you chance upon a good chance apply, when called for interviews attend anyway, always keep your CV updated.


Comments (7)

No. 1
Posted on Wed 02nd May, 2012 11:00:28 GMT by Tobi W-K

Awesome post! Thanks.Avn't started work yet but will keep this at the back of my mind.
No. 2
Posted on Wed 02nd May, 2012 12:40:44 GMT by AYOBAMI

This great write up for employees and unemploy status's. You are too much and great.
No. 3
Posted on Wed 02nd May, 2012 16:28:21 GMT by Rob

wow...great piece worthy to be read. keep it up. cos av got ds @ d back of my mind.
No. 4
Posted on Wed 02nd May, 2012 20:57:56 GMT by Aku

Nice piece. Change is certain that is only one thing that is constant.

Great companies change for good; none usually change for worse. Employers think of the good of the company before that of the employees.

If a change in processes, structures and systems will bring about efficiency and cost savings and subsequently more return to shareholders who are you to stop such. Remember every change goes with a reward for individual that initiated it.

If you don't think for yourself to leave they will think for you. Is it bound to happen? I will say yes. Don't wait until it happens. Always do health’s check on your CV.

The earlier we get smart about our career the better for us.

No. 5
Posted on Thu 03rd May, 2012 06:37:01 GMT by aliyu Aminu

God will continue to bless you as you continue to touch people's lives
No. 6
Posted on Thu 03rd May, 2012 09:43:47 GMT by Oshobukola

True Talk...Bank render many people Jobless, frustrated and confused. Having a career check, very important. Good Advice...thanks.
No. 7
Posted on Thu 03rd May, 2012 14:58:39 GMT by Evelyn

Thanks , But we need the best job.

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