The job search has become a full-time reality for most people. Even those with fulfilling, lucrative work feel like they have to be on the lookout for the next big thing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Bottom line: If you like your job, keep it.
“That doesn’t mean that you, in terms of keeping yourself attractive to other employers, ‘let yourself go,'” says Bonnie Nylek, a career coach in Morristown, N.J. “But you don’t need to feel like you have to be on a continual job search. Give yourself a break and enjoy the job you have. And be an active participant in keeping your credentials and contacts current. That’s not actively looking for a job, that’s just being a realist.”
Still, there’s always that looming wrecking ball just around the corner. “That’s the fear for most people,” says Nylek. “Things may be going exceptionally well, but that doesn’t mean a round of layoffs won’t be coming next week. That’s why they overstress about work at times and may make a move to a new job because of unconfirmed worries about their current position.”
There is a happy medium, says Deborah Brown-Volkman, career coach and president of Surpass Your Dreams in East Moriches, N.Y. She offers these tips to help you remain gainfully employed.
1. Be confident about the future: Call it what you want, but if you tell yourself something bad will happen to your job, it just might. Instead of dwelling on the “what if” scenarios, focus on an “I’m OK” philosophy. Your employer may change, but tell yourself you will always be employed and reality will likely follow suit, she says.