Are you dissatisfied with your current job—or even your general career path? “You’re not alone” would be an understatement.
Even in our recovering job economy, an ongoing job satisfaction study conducted by The Conference Board puts today’s general job satisfaction at just below 60 percent. Of course, determinants of job satisfaction are constantly changing. But if you find yourself wallowing on the “dissatisfied” side of this statistic, you may want to make a career move soon.
“If you’re still reeling from the chaotic market conditions of the pandemic year, leaving a secure job for a new one—especially in a new field—may seem unthinkable. But the truth is that today’s job market is rapidly shifting in favor of candidates, and 2020 taught employers valuable lessons about accommodating employee needs.” Says Stephanie Staiano, CSS ProSearch Sales Director.
Here are four reasons why we think NOW is an opportune time to make a career switch.
Reason #1: We’re In a Candidate-Driven Market
Most U.S. economists agree that we’re entering a candidate-driven market. This simply means that the job market is moving into more favorable territory for candidates (as opposed to employers). With an increasing number of job options and a lower percentage of active job-seekers, candidates collectively possess more bargaining power than they’ve had in years.
Moreover, employers have observed a major decrease in the amount of time candidates spend on the market due to accelerated virtual hiring and onboarding processes. In other words, candidates are going—fast.
Reason #2: Employment Opportunities Have Become More People-Centric
Another reason to make a career move now is that many, if not most, employers have adjusted their perks, benefits, and general business practices to better align with candidates’ desire for flexibility and more work/life balance. 2020 proved that workers could be just as, if not more, productive working remotely as in the office, pushing employers to start offering permanently remote or hybrid work options. Additionally, companies are expanding and diversifying their benefit offerings after the pandemic illuminated the value employees truly placed on care.
Reason #3: You’re Already Contemplating a Career Change
If you’ve made it this far in our article, we’re guessing this topic has been living in your mind rent-free for a while. Even if changing jobs—or even career paths—doesn’t seem like a logical option in terms of financial stability, consider this:
The average full-time worker spends around eight hours per weekday, 40 hours per week, and nearly half of their waking hours solely work. That’s a significant amount of time spent bored, frustrated, or even miserable. Even staying in a job you’re simply apathetic about can have negative long-term effects on your personal life and overall job performance. Life is too short to invest most of your time and energy into work that leaves you unfulfilled and unhappy—especially to the detriment of your mental and physical health. Listen to your intuition when it tells you it’s time to make a change.
Reason #4: You Have An Abundance of Career Resources at Your Fingertips
Today, finding new career opportunities is easier than ever. Not only are companies providing easy digital access to job openings, networking opportunities, and even professional development courses, but recruiting firms are constantly searching for new talent. Plus, they have the specialized, industry-specific knowledge and experience to help candidates find well-suited positions in the midst of changing career paths.
Are you ready to take the next step in your career journey? The experts at CSS ProSearch are always ready to help you land fantastic roles in the diverse fields of Sales, IT, and more! Reach out to our team today.
CSS ProSearch is a sales recruiting firm that places top sales and marketing talent for growing businesses in the healthcare, technology, and consulting verticals.
Our sales recruiters take a consultative approach to recruiting, acting as a true partner in the success of both our clients and our talent. With over 50 years of combined experience, our team combines best-in-class recruiting practices, technology, research, and innovative approaches to deliver exceptional service with every engagement. Learn more here.