There are plenty of reasons to try and stay with your current employer. Like having a job, health insurance, stock options or restricted stock, bonuses coming, or something else that enables you to decide to stay rather than risk going.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consistently evaluate your situation. Just because companies are raining down with layoffs doesn’t mean you should cling to what you have at all costs. Because there are costs. Costs like not wanting to go to work on Monday. Putting up with a disgusting manager who will submarine your career. Or losing your marriage because of the hours you are working.
One aspect of self-management is control and the other is perspective. In these trying times, it is easy to get lost in the weeds of work and lose the perspective that it is time to move on.
While Gen Y is taking it on the chin with unemployment numbers, all of us should learn this valuable lesson from them: it’s OK to change jobs even in the midst of a recession. In fact, often you should.
I’ve always had this simple career management formula, learned from one of the best managers I’ve worked for in my career: Job skills plus job performance equals opportunity.
If you have job skills and you can show your accomplishments, a recession is a great time to seek out opportunity. Get closer to what you want to work on, not what you are forced to work on.
Perform well doing your work. Evaluate what you want to do next. Then go after it.