Whether you’ve been with your current employer for one year, five years, or 20 years, the assumption that passively looking for new career opportunities is somehow disloyal is arguably very outdated. In fact, we find a large percentage of our talent users consider themselves “passive job seekers,” meaning they are open to new career opportunities, but they aren’t actively searching for and applying to new positions. In this personal anecdote from The Muse, Caribou Honig, founding partner of QED Investors, writes that job security can’t be guaranteed and that this sort of job security can’t depend on company size or reputation, but only on your personal, “marketable skills” and “passion to deliver results.” Keeping an ear to the “job market” ground isn’t out of disloyalty to your current employer, but out of respect for yourself as a talented professional.
If you’re interested in continuing your job search, keep reading for the 3 reasons you should be open to new job offers and opportunities as a passive job seeker. Who knows – Maybe the grass really is greener on the other side.
1. Fighting Off The Career Plateau
“Plateauing” is a term used lately for fad weight loss products, exercise equipment, and diet plans – but have you considered the career plateau you may be experiencing? Think about your average day at work. If you’re starting to find your job a little too easy, it’s not a bad idea to see what other opportunities await. In this Inc. article, “The Upside of Being Bored at Work,” this stage of your career is described as a good thing, showing that you’ve “matured as a professional” in your role and position. Checking out other career opportunities could lead you to jobs you never thought you would apply to, continuously evaluating your skill level and challenging yourself to new heights – beyond the bounds of your current role.
Interested in new career opportunities and open to receiving new offers, but don’t want your current or previous employer to find out? We get it – That’s why we offer a great feature called Stealth Mode, which hides all your activity on our platform from your employer(s). With Skillgigs, you’re free to search, browse, and post – guilt-free. Sign up today to try out our Stealth Mode feature.
2. Negotiating Salary – Made Easy(er)
As a passive job seeker, you have a luxury most job seekers don’t have – a job. While this seems like almost too obvious of a point to make, having a job while you’re job-hunting has its perks. Salary negotiation for a candidate who is currently unemployed is typically a short conversation, mostly because that candidate (a) doesn’t have an income to compare the offer to and (b) is probably just hungry to get their foot in the door. As a passive candidate, you can leverage your current position to work out a better counter-offer. If that doesn’t work – it’s okay! You still have that great job of yours waiting for you the next morning. Having a job can give you the confidence to raise your asking price, especially if you love your current position. Since the hiring manager knows they have to convince you to leave your job, you can negotiate using phrases like “I won’t leave [your job here] for less than [$$$]” or “What can you offer that’s different than [your job here]?” – Probably a very different conversation than your first interview. While we’re on the subject, having a job makes you likely to be more confident during every stage of the job search process, from the type of jobs you apply to – to the interview itself. We could all use the confidence boost during an interview, why not use the safety net if you have one?
Whether you’re a passive job seeker or active, no one wants to go into an interview without a clear idea of a reasonable asking price. At Skillgigs, we offer a great service called a Real Market Value (RMV) report. This customized analysis accounts for your skills, experience, and location along with real-time supply-and-demand data for people with your level of expertise to offer you a clear understanding of your salary expectations. Sign up today to request your RMV report.
3. Learning What Makes You Unique
Okay, we know you’re unique, but passively searching for new career opportunities can show you how unique you are as a candidate, and what skills employers are most interested in today. Updating your old resume is a refreshing way to look back at all you’ve accomplished so far in your current role. Adding and highlighting new skills you’ve used over time is a chance for you to reflect on everything that makes you a unique candidate. Additionally, sifting through new job postings frequently can reveal what skills you aren’t using that employers are looking for – and give you a chance to enhance these skill before jumping back into the talent pool. Read more on popular technical skills and the tools to learn more about them from our latest talent blog here.
Creating a 3D Resume on Skillgigs is a great way to evaluate your current skills. Our Skill Index analyzes your previous work experience, the skills you used during that time, and the length of time you were in each role to evaluate your proficiency level in your top ten skills, using a colorful eye-catching visual for employers to view with clarity. Find out more about creating a 3D resume here.
Why Use Skillgigs For Your Passive Job Search?
As a passive job seeker, Skillgigs offers the easiest avenue toward your next big career move – with as much or as little activity as you prefer. Our talent advocates work hard to make your passive search as easy as possible. With a user-friendly platform, simple ways to search gig-listings, and convenient skill listings for employers to find you, Skillgigs is the perfect place to start your passive job search. Sign up today to see the opportunities waiting for you.