In the last few weeks, countless news stories have popped up about the “Great Resignation.” Millions of American workers are quitting their jobs. They are re-evaluating what’s important in their lives after a year of working from home, spending more time with their families and gaining a new perspective on work-life balance. So, what does this mass exodus from the workforce mean in terms of people’s careers?
If you’ve found yourself unhappy with your current work situation, the good news is that this is a great time to look for something new. Companies are being more flexible than ever before. This means that there may be more job options available to you than in the past couple of years. And, you likely now have options beyond your local area.
That said, don’t assume that the way things are today is the way they’ll be tomorrow. For example, the apartment rental market one year ago was terrific. If you wanted to rent a new apartment, you could find a deal in a great place. People were leaving cities in droves. However, in the last few months, the entire situation has changed. People are moving back into cities. And finding an apartment has become much more complicated and more expensive.
The market may be great for job seekers today, but that may no longer be the case in a few months. If you aren’t happy at your current job, now is the time to look.
But also, don’t take your current job for granted. Keep putting in the same effort today that you put in every other day. Don’t assume a new profession is waiting around the corner. Looking for work takes time. You may need this job. And, even if you find a new one, you’ll eventually need references from your current job.
Do your best, and doors will open. Nurture your current job, and you’ll be able to wait until another comes along. The last thing you want is to run from one bad situation to another or find yourself stuck in a hostile environment. In other words, don’t resign today. Keep steady until you find something new.
– Angela Copeland is a career expert and founder of Copeland Coaching. copelandcoaching.com