I've had several conversations this week with people who should be passive job seekers, but haven't quite gotten there yet. Their jobs are okay, but not terrific. They aren't as motivated as they used to be. In one case, the company has a new CEO who has significantly changed the organization. In another, the individual isn't as motivated as she thinks she should be.
Everyone I spoke to wondered if they should be searching for a better opportunity. My advice was to start carefully exploring options and gear up for a passive job search.
It's important not to raise any red flags with your current employer and jeopardize the job you have now, but even if you're not ready for an active job search it's always appropriate to be a passive job seeker. You will be able to check out new job opportunities and see what is available in your career field. If you find a job you're interested in, you'll be set to apply.
In fact, everyone who is working should take the time to be sure they are prepared to job search because you never know when you might be in the position where you have to find a new job. If you're not happy at work, it's better to be in a position where you can leave on your terms when you're ready to move on.
Here's how to use passive job searching to your advantage.
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