You read correctly. Even if you are gainfully employed, even if the economy and job market is terrible (like it is now) it’s always a good idea to see what else is out there. Your job may have been an awesome opportunity when you started a few years ago, but maybe your interests or needs have changed. The actual act of searching for a job psychologically puts you in the driver seat of your career and can be very empowering. Besides, if you have not been looking for a job, how would you know if your perfect job was out there?
As a side note, I would like you to also get into the heads of the employers, particularly the ones that cut staff. I have a hunch that this economic downturn, as devastating as it has been for businesses everywhere, has served as a prime opportunity for employers to cut dead weight or people that did not mesh with the group, even if they didn’t need to cut more costs. This could have numerous repercussions:
First, could a large bulk of the unemployment figures be made of people that fall under this category? At 10% unemployment ask yourself “Could 10% of the office have been dead weight?” In many offices those numbers may correlate very nicely.
Second, while these offices might be running lean even after these layoffs, they might have wiggle room for someone who is talented and can add value. No good employer will turn away someone that is truly talented and can add to their team.
Find 3 jobs that you are qualified for and would quit your job to work at in a second. If you can’t bring yourself to apply to them, then you are a rock-head. (1 hour)