Right now just isn’t the right time!
A common phrased used by individuals who aren’t happy at work but just can’t bring themselves to step out of the comfort zone they’re use to. May be you’ve used it in the past?
So what’s the best time for a career change? The truth is if you’re waiting for the right time it will never arrive. Sure you need to be ready for a career change but how and when will you know you’re ready?
It sounds like a bit of an open answer, but I assure you there’s never one time that’s better than another. Too many variables for too many individual situations make it impossible to pick just one moment.
And what’s more, until you’re truly ready for a career change, you’re not going to be looking for it. You won’t have the passion, the drive, and the interest in finding the perfect new position – or at least, the next step in the right direction. The hiccup here is you end up staying in a role well past the expiry date because the timing just hasn’t been right.
What can you do to avoid becoming stale?
Before you’re ready for a real career change get your resume in order. Because once you’ve made that small commitment you’re proclaiming to yourself that you are ready when an opportunity arises.
You might be thinking what do I need a resume for when 94% of executive positions are filled through networking contacts. Eventually at some point in the process you will need to hand in a resume – to a recruiter, a headhunter, the hiring manager, or a combination of all three.
So if you looked at your resume today what would it say about you?
Remember your resume is your sales pitch. You may not like the broad concept of “selling yourself,” but that’s life and if you aren’t ready to proclaim your experience to the world and celebrate your achievement then maybe you don’t deserve that promotion.
Put yourself in a recruiter’s position and ask yourself, “are you worth their time?”
Your resume isn’t just a rehash of your history. If it were, there wouldn’t be an entire industry built up around resume writing. You have to be interesting and stand out from the increasingly large pack. You need to demonstrate the value you can bring to the new company.
It takes less than 30 seconds for your resume to make it on the yes or no pile so you want to hit ’em over the head with how much better you can make their company – in simple numbers, not in wild boasting.
And let’s not forget the worst-case scenario – getting fired or laid off. You may not be “ready” for a job search if one of those two events comes to pass. But if you’re prepared – that is, if you’re resume is up to date, and you are open to the idea of change then you are in a far healthier position when you are taken by surprise and told your longer employed.