I get calls all the time from candidates who are (are you ready for this) …waiting to get fired. Oh Yeah. Once they realize their career is in jeopardy they hit the speed dial button and call a recruiter. That is not a bad idea – but perhaps their timing could be off (just slightly). If things are not going well at work, some of us just ignore the situation hoping things will improve and get better. That is not always the best plan. OK – it’s playing with fire and your economic livelihood. Depending on the role you have, your skill set and your salary expectations – it could take a while to land the perfect job that pays you what you earn today (or more) without relocating.
Did I mention making sure you also find the organization with the right culture? Didn’t think so. The HCIT market is heating up – but that’s no excuse for not reacting soon enough if you smell trouble. Bad news early is good news. Bad news late is really bad news…
I suggest that you maintain a virtual “Rolodex” of really good search professionals who know the HCIT space and stay in touch with them periodically – it never hurts. Doing a quick reach 0ut every 3-6 months is always a good idea – even if you are happy with your current role. Calling is a solid defense strategy. Only the paranoid survive – right? If you are getting that sick (in the stomach) feeling that you might be weeks from a possible termination, by all means do not dally. Do not pass GO. Just stop and develop an action plan to reach out to your immediate network of contacts and the best HCIT recruiters in the business. Waiting until the last minute is like saying your best strategy is hope. Hope is not a strategy and quite frankly can lead to negative cash flow in a heartbeat.
Best advice: Stay in touch with your network and with the search professionals you know and trust.
Don’t wait until the last minute. Bad Plan.