Before You Start Looking
Why it’s a good idea to be looking when you’re not looking
By talking the time to periodically evaluate your employment situation, regardless, of if you are happy in your job or not, it allows you to make well informed career choices as and when they present themselves.
Some easy steps you can take to make sure you stay well informed and well prepared when opportunity presents itself include:
- Speaking with your manager on a regular basis;
- Speaking with someone who has the job that you want;
- Updating your CV;
- Speaking with a recruiter;
Speaking with your manager on a regular basis
Good managers want to keep good people so if you keep them informed about what you are looking for you might be surprised by the types of opportunities that come up internally.
- What do you think are the skill gaps between me and my next role?
- What do you need to see out of me over the next 3, 6, 12 months to make you belive I’m ready for the role?
- Realistically, if I was a address these points what time frame would you expect that role would open up for me here?
Obviously there is a balance to be struck between making sure you are exceeding the performance requirements of your current role and looking for to the future.
The additional benefit of having these conversions on a regular basis is that you will know exactly where you stand internally which will allow you to better assess external opportunities should they present themselves.