There is continuous change in business markets today, creating new career opportunities. Because of industry “disruption” by small start-ups and innovations in technology, organizations are in a constant state of fluctuation. They need to keep up with the demands of their customers and clients while trying to stay on the cutting edge and maximize profits. Companies are also heavily influenced by organizational and societal values. Twenty years ago, the concepts of “green” operating practices and corporate social responsibility were not nearly as popular as they are currently.

As a result of the shifting priorities in corporations, it is essential that professionals proactively manage their careers. While typical for those in the baby boomer generation, employees are no longer working for the same company for extended periods. One study has shown that the number of companies people worked for in the first five years of their career has almost doubled over the last twenty years! It also identified that hopping from job to job is slightly less common for men than women. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that, throughout their lifetime, the average Baby Boomer has held 11.7 jobs. Here are three reasons you should always be open to new career opportunities.

Create Meaningful Connections

There are quite a few benefits to being a passive job candidate while you’re happily employed. You can create strong connections with others online and in person. Networking with recruiters, established leaders and colleagues in your industry can also help build your reputation and get you increased visibility. If you work for a bigger company, you’re probably familiar with the term career management. It involves making calculated decisions about your career that can lead to raises and promotions.

It’s almost impossible to manage your career without building relationships successfully. Attending an event is a great way to meet others in your industry. Joining relevant professional associations and organizations can also be helpful for career development and management.

Stay Up to Date on Trends in Your Career Industry

If you’re open to alerts about new career opportunities, you may be exposed to current trends in your career industry. Advancements in technology create new career roles and demand those positions be filled. If you have profiles on online job boards and relationships with recruiters, you can be the first to hear about new positions. Are you prepared to have a conversation about a new career opportunity that would pay you 20% more than you’re making at present?

Learning new skills, tracking developments in your industry, and obtaining relevant certifications help maintain your status as a learned professional in your current position. They also can make you a great candidate for other roles. Those who are current on cutting-edge trends are also seen as worthy of promotion or advancement and leaders within their organization.

You’re Prepared for the Unexpected

Some of the most common changes within a company involve mergers, acquisitions, new executive leadership, and structural reorganizations. Any of those situations can alter your job security, role, and compensation in a short period. If you have already been a passive job seeker and decide to test the waters of the job market, you’re ahead of the pack. This background work can significantly decrease the time a new job search may take.

You can’t guess how everything will unfold, even in the most established companies. Passively taking part in the open job market can prepare you for any unexpected circumstances that impact your career.

Still find yourself looking for ways to boost career growth? Fly High Coaching is always here to help. We offer expert professional resume services and career coaching to help you improve throughout your career journey or make a career change. Contact us today to get started taking action on your career goals or check out our FREE Kick Start Your Success course for more ways to improve your career situation.

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Porschia Parker-Griffin

Porschia Parker-Griffin is a Certified Professional Coach, Business Consultant, and Founder of Fly High Coaching. When she is not coaching, Porschia enjoys traveling, cooking, and working with animals.
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