Job-hopping, or working for a number of different employers in a relatively short amount of time, has earned itself a negative connotation over the years. But, according to a CareerBuilder survey, employers are no longer quite as steadfast in their disdain of job-hoppers. In fact, the hospitality industry has one of the highest percentages of employers who expect workers to job hop, beat only by the IT industry. It seems that employers are starting to realize the benefits that these employees can bring to their teams including a wide range of experiences, a broad skill set and an ability to adapt and learn quickly.
While you might not necessarily be in the market for a new job, keeping your eyes open for new career opportunities is a smart move, especially as the stigma surrounding switching jobs—or even careers—continues to diminish. Here are four reasons why you should always be on the lookout for your next career move—beyond landing your dream job, of course.
Brush up on those interview skills
The interview room can be a master class in thinking on your feet. The quick-thinking skills required to ace interviews can help you land your next job, but can also help you feel more comfortable in high-pressure client conversations and sales presentations. Working in the meetings industry means you can find yourself in a variety of high-stakes situations with attendees, venues or stakeholders, so the ability to think and solve problems quickly is a valuable career skill to have.
Practice your resume writing
Similarly, continually revising your resume helps you practice your business writing skills. Resumes require concise, results-driven writing, which is a skill that can and will benefit you in a variety of aspects of your every day job, from emails to attendee programs to sales pitches. According to another study from CareerBuilder, 60 percent of surveyed HR managers say that a well-written, customized resume is essential to landing an interview. Practicing this customization technique regularly can benefit you the next time you’re tasked with creating custom materials for your meeting’s attendees.
Evaluate where you are
Before you decide on the jobs you want to pursue further, you have to analyze the aspects of your current job you are passionate about, those you don’t mind and those you wish you never had to do again. This analysis of your current situation can help you two-fold. First, it can help you navigate the job market and narrow down which open positions might interest you. Focus on jobs that include the responsibilities you enjoy and the tasks you are passionate about. This analysis can also help you take stock of your current position and can serve as a starting point for a conversation with your boss about expanding or refining your current responsibilities.
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