“I have made a choice. Now it must be broadcast to the world!”
– a basic distillation of social media content
Snark aside (and because I consider this blog in its own way to be a social media platform), I actually have made a choice, and do want to inform my audience of it prior to executing format.
For some time now I have been semi-consciously collecting hardcopy literature publications (aka “books”) that would make for shareable content vis-à-vis selected, relevant passages.
So for the next several weeks, I plan to do just that (as evidenced in part by how I spent my Saturday this weekend). The idea is to kick off each post with some quip or paragraphs, then provide a brief commentary/observation/insight below.
Let’s begin the run with a burning topic that has been dominating my mind:
When should you start looking for a new job? The answer seems to be that you start looking the day you begin your current job. Think for a moment about what this means to each of us as decision makers. It means that the questions “Where should I work?” and “What kind of work should I do?” are never resolved. Nothing is ever settled. The antennae for new and better opportunities are always active. The Microsoft ad that asks us “Where do you want to go today?” is not just about web surfing.
This kind of job mobility offers many opportunities. Being able to move around, changing employers and even careers, opens doors to challenging and fulfilling options. But it comes at a price, and the price is the daily burden of gathering information and making decisions. People can never relax and enjoy what they have already achieved. At all times, they have to stay alert for the next big chance.
OH RIGHT, THAT’S WHAT THAT NEEDLING ANXIETY I’VE BEEN FEELING IN MY TEMPLES IS ALL ABOUT.
Basically, a type of #FOMO for your career. Well, best not think too deeply about how to make this choice. Be informed, yes. Let it consume you, no.
The other side of the coin is that if there was once an opportunity…there will be again. Acknowledge your worry; disregard it; confidently appreciate what you have for the present.