Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I think it’s old school thinking to automatically say yes to this question.
The fact is there are many people out of work at any given time for a variety of reasons. If they do a good job presenting themselves to the marketplace with a great resume, and LinkedIn profile, plus they know how to leverage contacts in the search process, they’ll eventually find new work. So the idea that you have a significantly better chance of being hired if you are employed does not particularly hold true today.
So, if you’ve wondering if you’d put yourself at a disadvantage to leave your job to pursue an active job search, consider these points that could tip the scale in favor of leaving:
1. Your job is taking a toll on your health and wellbeing to the point that you seek (or are advised to seek) medical attention.
2. You consistently feel a sense of dread going to work. (Heart attacks most often occur on Mondays.)
3. You are stretched to the max at work, or travel frequently and can not find time to do any exploration (e.g. professional lunches or meetings at the coffee shop) during your workday. And you are just too exhausted after work.
4. You are certain you want to leave, have a target and plan to pursue new work. You can afford to be without a paycheck for at least nine months. (6-9 months is the average time it takes to land another job.)
Sometimes it just takes knowing you CAN leave that motivates you to take action—whether that is to resign or get going on your exit strategy.
Barbara Babkirk is a Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland.
With a focused and intuitive approach, Barbara makes a difference in people’s lives by helping them design a new life chapter. She has a successful record guiding career transitions for professionals ranging from executives and artists to attorneys and entrepreneurs.
An expert in her field, Barbara is a public speaker on work-related topics writes a solutions-oriented column about work for the Portland Sunday Telegram.
Scott Woodard is a career coach with Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement business in Portland, Maine.
Scott works with clients to identify and articulate their value and their personal brand. He helps clients develop clear, concise and crisp messaging to convey their particular difference, their achievements and their approach.
Scott coaches clients to market their brand through social media platforms, especially LinkedIn. He offers monthly workshops on how to make the most of LinkedIn for businesses or job seekers.