Picture this: you’re job hunting for the first time in five years and you’re quickly finding out that a lot has changed on the job searching front. Now, you’re panicking – you have realized you have no idea how to go about this.
Failing to exercise job search skills over your career leads you into siloed thinking. By definition, you can only know what you know, and thus anything outside of your experience is unknown.
Want to avoid this type of situation? Practice job searching even while you’re happily employed. Here’s why it’s good for you:
- Job searches help improve your networking skills, which can be used to better evaluate market data.
- Job searches help you understand what it’s like to be a job seeker, which makes you better able to empathize with your candidates
- Job searches can force you to think about doing old things in new ways, or new things in old ways. Without the safety net of a job, you’re forced to work outside your comfort zone.
- Job searches teach you how to sell yourself and explain your experience. That’s important for internal promotion.
- Job searches will help you network within your industry (which you should be doing anyway) and lay the groundwork by asking people in your network about the job market.
- Job searches will help you make a step-up in your career – whether that’s an increase in your position on increasing your scope and responsibilities.
Waiting until you need a job is the worst time to look for one. Even if you like the job you have, looking for the next opportunity is a smart career move. And if an opportunity comes along, you don’t have to take it. The choice is yours.