The professionals who progress on their career paths are not the ones who sit around and wait for opportunities to come their way, or for circumstances to change to finally force their hands. Maybe it sounds counterintuitive, but if you start waiting to job search until you actually need a job, you’re already a few steps behind. Learn why you should always be keeping your eye out for new job opportunities, even when you’re happily employed.

It Prevents Complacency

Sometimes you can get too comfortable within the safety net of a job, even if it’s stagnant and not fulfilling your needs. This complacency keeps you from taking the necessary steps to start job searching, because you may be telling yourself that you’re fine where you are. Always being on the lookout for new opportunities can help you remain open minded and goal orientated, so you don’t get stuck in a become static on your career path.

Passive Candidates Tend to Be More In-Demand

Fair or not, candidates who already have a job are often viewed as more desirable than those who are between jobs or are actively searching. When you search as a passive candidate (one who is not actively searching for a new job but is open to hearing about new opportunities), you have the upper hand because you can easily pass over offers that don’t fit your requirements.  When you’re actively job searching, you may be more likely to settle for a less-than-ideal position.

It Keeps You on the Offense

Expect the unexpected in the professional world. In most fields, there are no guarantees, and you never know what could happen to your supposedly steady job. Don’t wait until you’re in a the job hunt to update your resume and keep your eyes open for available jobs in your industry. Instead, empower yourself by taking the steps on your own terms. You’ll have the confidence to know that if something were to happen to your job, that you’d be ready to find something else.

When you’re ready to take the plunge and move forward to new opportunities, turn to Mark/Ryan Associates, Ltd. As a staffing agency that has been serving the Chicagoland area since 2004, we work closely with candidates to match them with the available opportunities from our clients that are the best overall fit.  Search our current job openings to get started or contact us today to learn more about the services we provide job seekers.

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