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Mark Gilbert
Mark Gilbert
Mark has been involved in EDA recruiting for over 18 years. He is Founder and President of EDA Careers, but started his career in EDA as executive Vice President at EDA Jobs. Mark was also VP of Marketing and Business Development in the beginning of the Internet revolution and has been a … More »

TIS THE SEASON TO BE LOOKING…FALALALALALALA…Now Is The BEST Time To Start Checking Out New Opportunities…

December 9th, 2015 by Mark Gilbert

Every year around this time (actually even earlier), I start getting flooded with calls asking if this is a good time to look for a new opportunity.  My answer in short is: it is the BEST time to look, as many projects are wrapping up, the year is coming to an end, and a mild short-term break is on the horizon.

Starting a job in January is probably one of the best times to join a company. Everyone is fresh (sort-of) and coming back from some well-deserved time off.  Spirits are high, as is the conversation and camaraderie, as everyone shares their holiday stories. At the same time, all are trying to get back into the routine of work again for another year.  It is a rare bit of social time right before the year starts its long grind, and a good time to meet and fraternize with new soon-to-be colleagues.

It is never easy to join a new company and become part of the crew.  Being part of the group and learning a bit of personal friendly data about your new co-workers is a great ice breaker, served up perfectly, before the nose-to-the-grindstone daily routines get too entrenched. I cannot say enough about how much nicer it is to work in a place where you feel like you are part of the extended family.  The reality is, you probably spend nearly as much time with these people (maybe more) than you do with your family and friends, so liking where you spend your time can make all the difference in the world in how you feel about going to work every day.

There is another aspect to why now is a good time to consider researching new opportunities. The end of the year is a great time to reflect on where you are in your current position and ask yourself if this is what or where you really want to be, whether now or in the foreseeable future. If you know you are not where you want to be (for any number of reasons), or even if you are just uncertain, then it just might be the time to start checking on what else is out there.  Rarely is there any harm in looking.

How do you take the first steps?

The first step in the process is to update your resume, even if you are only considering other possibilities.  IT NEVER HURTS TO HAVE AN-AS-UP-TO-DATE RESUME AS POSSIBLE.  Remember, things change, layoffs happen for a wide variety of reasons, and being prepared with an updated resume and being ready to look gives you an important head start.

It is also a good time to (selfless plug coming…) talk to your favorite knowledgeable, industry-specialized recruiter (which should hopefully be me) and discuss your thoughts and ask what other opportunities might be out there.  A good recruiter knows salary ranges and industry opportunities and availability.  More so, a good and honest recruiter can help you set reasonable expectations about your future possibilities, wants, and desires.  A good recruiter can walk you through not only the process but help you along with your decision.

Make no mistake, every recruiter seeks strong qualified candidates; after all, that is how we make our living.  But the good recruiters will also help you in your decisions and let you know if this is indeed a good time to consider leaving your current situation.  They can help you assess if you are truly in a position to improve your future. I have told countless, really qualified candidates that now (meaning when they called) is not a smart time to move. I review with them the reasons they are thinking of looking, and discuss the merits as well as the contradictions. I know that I am playing with people’s futures and I do not take that responsibility lightly, and the fact that so many of you take me into your confidence weighs heavily and quite proudly to me….giving you the best advice for YOUR future is paramount.  I am comfortable knowing that if you do not move now, you will call me when you are ready to do so. I am in this for the long haul!

We embark on this journey of discovery together, and hopefully come up with a conclusion that serves YOU the candidate first and foremost, and then by default hopefully the recruiter also. It should never be the other way around.

Bottom line, think about it NOW and make some decisions to control your future.  If you’re ready, update your resume to the point that I or any recruiter can honestly evaluate your best course of action and next steps.  Once you know what might be best for your future, you can either start the process of moving forward, or conversely of being satisfied for at least the next year.  I am available any time to talk, even if you do not use me as your recruiter.

I wish you all the most success in your journeys, and the happiest for this Holiday Season. May the next year be even better than this…as for many this was a pretty darn good year. HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

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