That’s right. It’s just “exploring”. You have not decided yet. In fact you are happy with your current role. You don’t have any issues at all with your present organisation. You don’t even have any plans of resigning. Then why now?
Exploring is not at all a bad thing. However, you need to have options if you want to make the best choices in your career. When you explore, it means you care about your future. As much as possible, you want to be informed and always be updated on what’s happening in the market.
However, if “now” is too drastic, then here are some questions you can ask yourself.
- Do you have an established timeline to achieve both your short term and long term goals?
- Are your goals aligned with that of your company’s?
- Do you have opportunities to move up in your current organisation?
- Are you looking for more challenges?
- Are you curious on what other organisation can offer for someone with your skill set and experience?
- Do you feel you deserve more?
If you said more No’s or Maybe’s, then you need to start exploring.
Let me tell you a secret of the one best way to get this started.
Speak with an expert
It is never a waste of time to meet with an expert who is very well connected in the industry of your choice. Speak with a recruiter with a track record of putting people to their desired roles. Take advantage of hearing more about what’s happening in the market, what it can offer and where it is heading in the future.
Imagine this, what if you were to meet at least one person today who is genuinely interested in helping you achieve your aspirations, goals both short term and long term, or even just someone who wanted to speak with you, share thoughts and innovative ideas? Too good?
Partnering up with an expert is like having a special agent. He/she will call you for any roles that could be of interest and will keep you updated on what’s happening. No need to do your own research, no need to google and find random updates, no need to log on to your online profile, no need to constantly explore new roles. Basically, your agent will do all of this for you! Couldn’t be more convenient, right?
Most of the time, I speak with people who are not looking for a new job. However, 80% would normally be happy to hear what roles/jobs I am currently working on. If you are one of them, then don’t wait for a recruiter to call you. Be proactive and take ownership of your career.
Exploring doesn’t mean you are resigning. You are curious, what’s out there? Can you be in a better place?
Well, you’ll never know. Start connecting now.
Jorj Maceda – Resourcing Team Leader