Is this the right time to look for a different job?

Is this the right time to look for a different job?Is it time for a different job? How do you know when you should move on to another role or another company?

The better question is: are you ready for a different job?

If someone said, “send me your resume, you would be perfect for this position,” do you have a resume that’s ready to go?

I can’t tell you how many times people have told me that they had an opportunity for the perfect job but they didn’t plan and their resume is from college or is 15 years old. Or their resume doesn’t come close to representing their value.

You may think you are never going to change jobs but today there is no assurance that your job will be there tomorrow, much less in 10 years.

You need to be ready to market you

Throughout my work with clients, I run into some people who understand this and live by it. They strategically plan their career to build skills in diverse areas. These leaders look for opportunities within their company to grow skill sets in different areas and different jobs. Some people evaluate what they need and actively look to grow those skills even if it means getting a different job outside their company.

If someone understands the manufacturing process but doesn’t know how that product gets to market, they select a role in product marketing to learn. A few companies deliberately rotate young professionals through an intensive leadership training program. This allows them to get a taste of the variety of positions available. They build a knowledge basis in multiple facets of the company.

While that process isn’t common, staying in the same company for 30 years is almost non-existent today but was common 20 years ago.

Your resume is the foundation of the job search

Be prepared with a value-filled resume because you don’t know when you will need one. As I speak with hiring managers and human resource professionals, they tell me they don’t want someone who stayed in the same job for life. Rather, they look for people who can change roles, expand their capacities, and continue to innovate.

Are you ready for a different job? The resume is one ingredient.

Savvy job seekers have a current accomplishment-driven resume combined with a quality LinkedIn profile. They keep in contact with their network throughout their career and continue to build connections with people who help them grow both personally and professionally. Is it time for you to become one of those savvy job seekers?

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