Those of us who are employed live in perilous times. What seems like a “Dream Job” can quickly sour or disappear in the blink of an eye. While I remain hopeful for you that your position will remain stable and continue to give you the challenges and rewards that you desire and deserve, I am doubtful that this will remain the case and that you will retire from that wonderful job. Therefore it behooves me to encourage you to heed the following advice.
First of all, the best time to look for a new, better, more challenging and financially rewarding position is when things are going well. You are on your game and everyone loves you. Co-workers are on your side and your boss adores you. Getting references is not a problem and you don’t have to answer the potentially embarrassing question, “Why did you leave your last position?”
Secondly, keep you resume current and up to date. Get periodic letters of reference. If things do go south for you after you check out a position or two, you have the proof that things were great until they heard that you might be “looking”.
Thirdly, place any letters of commendation or news articles in which you are identified (positive articles) in an addendum folder. When you get an interview, you can hand the folder over to your perspective new employer. Its not part of your resume, but it shows that you are no joke.
Good luck to you and be ready for the next Big Thing!
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-Thomas C. Barry
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