The Best Way to Get a Job is to Keep a Job | Article by Tulsa staffing company’s own Ginny Morgan (Senior Recruiter with Trinity Employment Specialists)
What is the best way to find a job in today’s job market? Honestly, the best way to get a new job is to keep your current job and do it well. I give this advice for several reasons. The first is something you may have heard time and time again – longevity in a position looks great on a resume. Jesika Moffitt states in her August 2012 blog ‘Job Longevity: Your Resume Will Scream Commitment’ on www.sparkhire.com that longevity is considered staying at a position for more than a two year period. This will say several things to a prospective employer. It conveys commitment and consistency. It also demonstrates a level of good judgment in accepting new positions instead of just continually taking the first opportunity that comes along.
Second, it is paramount to continue a high level of effort on the job even if it is a position you no longer would like to hold. Keeping a good attitude on the job is also crucial. Remember your boss will one day be a reference and you do not want them to ever state that you work performance was anything less than exemplary. A prospective boss will want to hear that your work only improved over time. It will help you shine if new responsibilities and tasks were taken on during your tenure.
It is also a good idea to keep up a good work ethic because you never know who is watching you performance. For instance, the Medical Assistant at my physician’s office is fantastic. She has a great presence, is knowledgeable and has a great rapport with the doctor. As a medical recruiter I notice these things and they truly stand out. She is the perfect passive candidate to approach about future opportunities. And, you can bet I will be speaking with her when the right opportunity arrives, because she has shown not only a level of dedication to her job but a great expertise in her field.
Networking is the third reason for keeping your job in order to obtain your next job. In ‘6 Networking Tips for Your Job Search’ the author has great advice for those looking to network to in order to expand their job search. Developing a good professional network can be invaluable when searching for the next career. When you are well connected and can develop a good working relationship with others they are more able to share job leads and offer recommendations. Word-of-mouth is by far is the best way to find a new job, and networking is the best way to achieve it.
Longevity of two or more years in a career, showing a good dedication to your current position and professional networking are three great reasons it’s a great philosophy to keep your job in order to get a job. Not only does this strategy show good decision making, creativity, but it also shows a level of dedication to developing your future goals. Gaps in employment are never good on a resume and this can be a big red flag to any good recruiter. You do not want to catch any prospective employer’s attention in a negative way before they even have a chance to meet you. Keep that job until you find the next right fit, and your resume truly will scream commitment.