As of November 2010, the unemployment rate in Nassau County was 11.6%, making considering a job change more difficult.
The cliché that says “when one door closes, another opens” is small comfort to those who are reeling from doors being slammed in their faces. Losing a job that is personally rewarding and “comfortable” can be nearly as stressful as the death of a loved one.
Reasons for the door slamming on a job could be an unexpected lay-off or the less dramatic, but equally stressful, decision to leave a job in search of a greater opportunity or to escape a situation that is no longer comfortable.
As of November 2010, the unemployment rate in Nassau County was 11.6%. These shaky economic times make considering changes more difficult, if not almost impossible. Those with no sense of job security with their current employers may want to remain open to opportunities, or open doors, just in case one door slams and, if possible, look for another job while still employed.
One such opportunity may be found by just getting a foot in the door. A job you find may not seem to be the best fit, but once employed, opportunities may arise giving you a chance to use your experience to show the employer how valuable you can be.
Something else to consider might be a position that is similar, but not quite the same as what you have done in the past. For instance, a paralegal that has worked in law firms may want to apply at corporations or non-profit organizations that have legal departments. A change like this might provide more job security and opportunities for job satisfaction and career advancement.
Compromise is the name of the game in uncertain economic times. Workplace expectations and demands favor employers, but employees are resilient according to Randstad, a company that tracks trends in the workplace. In the past six years, Randstad tracked a trend of confident employees who were switching jobs, taking risks, and demanding benefits. Not surprisingly, their survey also suggests that, as the employment market softens, job seekers are lowering expectations and are more appreciative of their current jobs.
Changing jobs during a changing economy is a decision to be made within your own comfort zone. When you have explored the risks and opportunities in making a move, compared to the pluses and minuses of staying put, you can make a well-considered decision.
Whichever you choose, take time to remind yourself that the cliché is true… another door will open.