Can we talk? No, I really mean it… CAN WE TALK?
Despite all the FREE coaching out there reminding all of us to actively network and actively work our career advancement plans, I still see 2-3 of my LinkedIn connections per month that have obviously lost their job frantically start to network. Please don’t let this be you… (and yes, it is still happening despite the booming Healthcare IT market).
Do you wait until you are unemployed or hear that layoffs are imminent in your company before looking for a new position?
Do you ignore great opportunities when they are presented to you because you are loyal to your current employer and you believe that the feeling is mutual?
Freeman admits that today’s professional is overworked, lacking balance, and longing for more recognition, both through pay raises and promotions. Even with the HCIT job market as RED HOT as it is, employees need to make sure they are not harming themselves by ignoring the moments that do come along for more happiness and fulfillment.
One fatal mistake he mentioned is not looking for a better job while still gainfully employed at your current position. He makes the great analogy of a team looking for a new coach. Do you want to hire the guy who just won the Superbowl, or the one who has been sitting at home for two seasons after putting up losing records?
Also, Freeman encourages people not to buy into the notion that there are no jobs available. He shares that, on average, 2011 has had four million jobs filled every month with another three million left unfilled. One of those could be the right fit for you!
I encourage you to check out all of his fatal mistakes. I imagine we’ve all made at least one.
If you are intent on accelerating your career success, just make sure you are not too busy in the exhausting effort just to complete your daily tasks that you discover you have settled for less than you could have achieved.
What do you do to make sure you don’t miss a great career opportunity that comes along while you are busy with a job that you don’t really love?