The New Biggest Career Mistake

In past generations, you could expect to be loyal to a company, stay there for 25 years, and you would have job security. The recession of 2008 changed everything and now, that is no longer how job security works. In our new economy, you may find yourself looking for a new job when you least expect it. The quantity of opportunities available to you is great, but at the 200+ level they are hard to come by, miss out on one and your professional relevance will suffer.


Here is how and why the average executive role is only 18 months:

  • Your current employer is purchased by a larger company out of state.
  • Your employer’s product, service or business model no longer is relevant in today’s market. The money runs out with no more investors interested and no additional financing options available.
  • You are making more money than market value for your current duties and responsibilities. Reductions in workforce are now done from a fiscal perspective and no longer LIFO (last in, first out).
  • New PE investors with a new plan and their own people.
  • The new biggest career mistake is not consistently keeping an open mind to opportunities that will keep you in the highest demand in your industry and/or discipline.

Here Are the Top 3 Reasons You Should Look For a Job While You Don’t Need To:

1. The odds are not in your favor. Statistically speaking, what are the odds that you will find your dream job when you need it or when you are not busy at work? In case you haven’t realized it yet, you rarely get less busy. The second issue that stacks the odds against you is that at 200k+ salaried roles, there are fewer opportunities available due to the supply and demand nature of the job market. We call it the Job Opportunity Bell Curve.

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