Here is the situation: you have the good fortune to still be employed and maintaining your current pay. For the past few months, you have been feeling a bit stuck in your role and had been thinking about making a change. Then, in an instant, the world seems to shut down.
You had a couple of interviews already lined up before the crisis, but with unemployment rates higher than ever, strict social distancing orders still in place, and the incredibly shaky stock market, you concede this might not be the best time to switch jobs. Your current job might not be your ideal, but you are in a safe harbor, and in a storm like this, any port will do.
You might be asking yourself, “Is this truly the best time to get a new job?” As with most things – it depends.
Deciding to make a career change is never easy, much less during a global pandemic. However, it is important to evaluate the potential rewards, instead of immediately counting yourself out and retreating to binge-watching “Tiger King” on Netflix.
There are two things to consider when deciding on a career change right now:
Decide your reasoning for staying or leaving – Most of us start looking at other opportunities when we are either not feeling completely fulfilled in our current roles or we receive a message from a recruiter. Earning more money is usually on the list of desired job perks, but it’s usually many other factors typically take the top spots – like needing a new challenge, feeling as though your contributions are not being acknowledged, and/or a promotion is not in your future with your current company. These are all valid reasons to look for other opportunities! Make sure if you do stay in your current role, it is out of satisfaction and not guilt.
Make sure you are thoughtful and strategic when applying – Even in the uncertainty of the current pandemic situation, companies are still looking to add employees who will be impactful. Now more than ever, employers want problem solvers. Companies are still forecasting and planning how their most valuable assets, their people, will not only help them survive these challenging times but flourish into the future. Regardless of today’s economic crisis, it is crucial to consider the following question when applying for a job: Are you able to help the organization’s bottom line while advancing your own career development?
Ultimately, you need to do what you feel is right for you and your family. However, these companies will continue to move forward and by deciding to sit tight and wait it out you may very well miss the opportunity that is in alignment with your goals.