Recruitment Industry

Is everyone looking out?

3 Dec , 2015  

Are you thinking about quitting your job? Most may say no depending on the context of your role and from an employment availability standpoint, but if I ask you there is something interesting, would you be interested to look at it? Many would probably say “yes”! Are you smiling now? Me too! First one was not a trick question, but it just does not appeal to the right side of the brain. Actually, both mean the same depending on how you look at it.

But then does that mean is everyone looking out for a change, probably not, but we behave in a way which indicates that we could be considering a change based on the next trigger. Just look at many job trends survey results over the last few years. Most surveys have pointed out that two thirds of people may make a job shift next year? I don’t know which that next year would be as I am yet to see this 60% attrition in most industries since these surveys started to predict about people movement. I am sure these surveys are not manufactured but their predictions never go on to become facts eventually, why?  It’s because people like you and me respond to those surveys. Why do we say that we may consider a change ?

  • Lifetime jobs are now history, most of us are likely to have multiple employers before we retire, I have had 4 employers already, how many have you tried till now?
  • We all read, hear about exciting stuff happening with some other employer all the time. In the Fortune and Forbes world there are only few great places to work, so maybe we hope to get a chance to work in those marquee names soon?
  • In a world full of chances it’s good to believe the next best job could be around the corner, that is how we might have landed into last few jobs of ours, that hope keeps the trigger of “wanting to change” in our mind.
  • Lifetime jobs are now history, most of us are likely to have multiple employers before we retire, I have had 4 employers already, how many have you tried till now?
  • We all read, hear about exciting stuff happening with some other employer all the time. In the Fortune and Forbes world there are only few great places to work, so maybe we hope to get a chance to work in those marquee names soon?
  • In a world full of chances it’s good to believe the next best job could be around the corner, that is how we might have landed into last few jobs of ours, that hope keeps the trigger of “wanting to change” in our mind.

Last week’s dinner with a VP of a services company got me to write this, she was excited about some breakthrough strategies her organisation is currently undertaking; she was even more passionate about the CSR work they do, how much her boss likes her and things like that, as it happens the conversation shifted to me and I told her that it’s one of the best years to be in recruitment industry, her eyes popped up, “Really? Yes with all the action in the start-up industry and a reasonable growth in economy, senior level hiring has seen a lift” I said, “then let me know if there is anything exciting that suits me ” she said, I was surprised though I should expect this being in recruitment industry, surprised becoz till about 5 minutes ago she was at the top of her career enjoying what she was doing, and now without batting an eyelid she says she may want to change.

I am stating some obvious similar “on the fence” conversations

  1. I am not unhappy in my current job, things are good for me here, just Becoz you said options are interesting outside, I am having this conversation
  2. My boss will kill me if he knows this, but you know if something exciting/better comes my way I may consider
  3. I don’t know how long these good times last, so it’s important to have a backup, as you are aware in large companies things change fast
  4. I am seeking an external validation on the sale-ability of my CV and pay

In a changing global economy employers are always on the toes to have the right talent and keep trimming workforces to remain competitive in challenging times. Organizations’ also shop around for what they call as talent for tomorrow to replace existing talent. It’s only fair that employees also keep looking out for their next dream job too, but I don’t know why sometimes when we look back it feels that some of the past jobs or employers look like the best times of our life. But grass is greener on the other side and maybe it’s good to keep that optimism with us for every bad day we encounter at work. Sounds diabolic?

Every time I climb a mountain to get a beautiful view I find greener pastures far away; Invariably my mind asks how and when to get there!

Every time I climb a mountain to get a beautiful view I find greener pastures far away; Invariably my mind asks how and when to get there!

 


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