This question comes up often when recruiting candidates, and I am sure our outreach is ignored at times because candidates have asked and answered this question themselves. This article is meant to help you answer this very question and might just change the way you view new opportunities that are presented to you in the future.
I reach out to and talk with hundreds of candidates each year and one of the first questions I ask them is “So why are you looking for a new job?” I’m amazed that most of the time the reasons are completely valid and well thought through. Very rarely do I hear compensation is the number one motivator. It’s definitely important, but rarely the driving force behind their interests in new opportunities.
A good time is any time you are in a position that feels like you are on auto pilot and completely unmotivated. A good time is when you are no longer challenged, learning, or feeling the impact of your work on the organization; it’s time to ask yourself why that is. Regardless of what you do for a living, you should feel motivated at the start of each week and feel rewarded at the end of each week with the work you’ve done.
The feeling of being stuck in their current role and an under appreciation for the work they do is the top reason I get from candidates as to why it’s time to look for new opportunities. They want an opportunity to grow professionally, to take on new challenges, learn new technologies and be part of an exciting organization that values its employees.
I can tell you from experience that opportunity is not a lengthy visitor. When a recruiter reaches out to you with an opportunity, I encourage you to pay attention and evaluate the opportunity, you owe it to yourself!
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