Why You Should Look for Jobs When You’re Currently Employed

by Versique

Are you employed but still find yourself searching for the next best job? If so, your search to find out if the grass is greener on the other side is one of the best decisions you can make. And you’re not alone. The best candidates I interview (around 30-40 a week) are usually happily employed and actively seeking the next best opportunity.

Being employed gives you an advantage over unemployed candidates with the same qualifications. You can use your employment to gain work in your favor, here’s how:

  • Confidence: The biggest advantage employed candidates have is confidence; using that confidence is key. You know what you’re looking for in a job and a company because you’re already in a position that shows you what you like and dislike. Additionally, you don’t need a new job, so you can play hard-to-get.
  • Network: Employed candidates are more plugged into their network. This network, along with career opportunities brought to your attention by recruiters, will open the doors to other jobs and opportunities you may have never heard about otherwise.
  • Compensation: Employed candidates can justify a new salary and benefits based on what they are currently earning; unemployed candidates cannot. You will have an easier time negotiating salary and attracting the top dollar that you deserve.
  • Employed: Some companies only interview candidates who are employed. Here’s your chance to jump into the candidate pool for those exclusive positions.
  • Again, Employed: Candidates with a job don’t have to answer the tough first question: “Why are you unemployed?” If you are unemployed, depending on the situation, it can be difficult to not come across bitter or desperate when answering this question in an interview. If you are employed, the question will usually turn out to be, “Why are you currently seeking out a new position?” which can be much easier to answer and work in your favor in the long run.

Being employed is one of the best times to start looking for a new opportunity. Not only do you have the advantages listed above, but you also have leg up in case you find yourself out of work or laid-off. Check out this great article on why it’s important to be actively seeking employment even when you are employed.

Next Steps: Meet with a recruiter, clean up your resume, and interview while employed. Who knows, the next best job for you could be just an interview away!

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