Source | LinkedIn : By Matthew R. Chapman
As Madonna says in her song “Jump”:
“There’s only so much you can learn in one place
The more that I wait, the more time that I waste”
In any career, in any sector, you have to adapt, develop new skills, and evolve – re-branding yourself to meet new demands and to take advantage of new opportunities….much like any pop star who wants to extend their commercial shelf-life. But, like anything in life, career moves are also about opportunity-cost and timing.
I have, personally and in the past, related to Madonna on the opportunity-cost conundrum. A bad day, a bad month, a bad boss, a bad job – everything can trigger the desire to jump.
But when is it too early? When is too late?
1) No Time Is Too Early
You are responsible for your own career misery in my view. Blaming the company or your boss for a less than ideal situation will get you nowhere. Take your career into your own hands if you are unhappy. Raise your dissatisfaction constructively and early with your internal bosses. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot, of course, but give adequate time for solutions to be found to your dissatisfaction.
2) Watch The Market
Some of us blindly love our companies and even our bosses. Of course that’s the ultimate! However, disregarding market opportunities is dangerous and lends to institutionalising one’s views of reality. Harvest trusted relationships with a few head hunters and connect yourself always with what the market is doing. You don’t need to be too active in the market, unless you are unhappy, but it pays to have the occasional discussion. Sometimes it will reinforce that you are in the right job.
3) Always Keep Your CV, Profile, And Bio Updated
In a previous post I talked about the importance of keeping your CV fresh and constantly evolving with your achievements. A shorter, non-confidential bio – almost like what you may use for a speaking engagement introduction – is sometimes “safer” to pass, especially if you are not actively looking. Some people rely on their LinkedIn profile, and it is also important to keep it up to date; however I think a CV or bio is still more widely accepted as a piece of paper to pass (electronically).