Creative Leadership

Why You Need to Be Looking for Your Next Job Now

I get a lot of phone calls and emails from people looking for jobs. They’ve been fired, laid off, whatever, and are desperate to find a new position. As a result, I’ve learned something important about the perfect timing to find your dream job:

Look for a job when you don’t need it.

That’s right. Here’s my advice:

1) Never get complacent. Too many people get jobs, enroll in the insurance and benefit programs, and then get lazy. As a result, when they get fired or laid off, they’re shocked and stunned. They have no clue what to do.

2) Always be looking for the next job. Today we live in a volatile economy. Most people from my generation had parents who worked with one company for a lifetime. My family was different. My dad was a pastor and worked at 6 or 7 churches in his career – plus, had a side job teaching school bus drivers as a way to make ends meet. My mom did various jobs as a secretary just to help out. That taught me that no job lasts for an entire career, so always be looking for the next one.

3) Always keep your resume, demo reel, and/or portfolio ready to show. You just never know….

4) Finally, understand that the world of work has changed. The future belongs to those who hustle. It’s not about long term job security or lifetime benefits anymore, it’s about what’s next. Those who are always ready are those who will win.  Read my books Phil Cooke on Creativity or One Big Thing to help you understand the mindset you need.

How about you? Any other tips that will prepare people for today’s rapidly changing workplace?

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  1. Use your current job as a leverage for your next one.
    • Take any kind of training that your current job offers to acquire transferable skills.
    • Work on projects or products that are sought after in your industry, even if it’s as a volunteer
    • Write down all your achievements as you complete them
    • Record any praises, accolades or thank yous from clients and or colleague
    • Measure your success by outcome, not output. Productivity is good but impact is better
    • Familiarize yourself with office politics, never know, it could be useful
    • Learn to ask questions during meetings, every meetings. Make these questions count

      1. Am I the one thanking you. For your website is a great resource for communication experts in church. May God bless you and your team for your faithful work.

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