Updated: Jan 18, 2018
Chances are you’ve heard the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This cliche is used over and over again to imply that if something is working for its intended purpose, it should be left alone.
On the surface, this makes sense. After all, it seems silly to spend valuable resources, like time and money, on something that doesn't need fixing, right? Well, here’s the thing: this phrase makes sense… until it doesn’t.
When it comes to your career, this cliche should never apply. Although you may be really happy with your current company, you never know when you’ll have the opportunity to elevate your career to the next level. A recruiter could call you at any point and tip you off to a great position that fits your skills and your overall aspirations.
Instead of completely settling into your current role, stay open to possibility. You don’t always need to be searching for the next thing, but you can keep your mind open with the following steps:
1) Realize Job Searching is Like Dating
Everyone knows someone who looks for love in all the wrong places. Whether it’s a friend, family member or a random Facebook connection, you know someone like this. It’s no secret that these people often struggle to find love because they want it more than anything else. They’re so desperate for it that they drive it away.
In some ways, managing your career is very similar. You don’t want to look for your next career move when you’re unsatisfied or unemployed. The best time to think about your future prospects is actually when you’re happy and satisfied with your current role. This way, you’ll consider opportunities from a place of power, not fear.