If the idea of a job search gives you chills or causes you to perspire, you are not alone. The current market hasn't helped quell this fear. The idea of suddenly being out of work and needing to make ends meet is certainly a cause for alarm. Part of this is brought on by the fact that we view job-seeking as something we do when we are out of work or when we are greatly dissatisfied with our current employment.
These are certainly times when a job search is warranted. However, there is another great time to begin a job search. In fact, it is during this time that you will be your most marketable. The most desirable time to look for work is when you are happily employed.
I know I'll hear cries that this is disingenuous for your employer, that some sacred bond has been broken. But let me explain.
First, let me define what I mean by job search. In the context of those times when you are gainfully employed, a job search really constitutes networking. It is not as much about you sending out your résumé as it is about keeping in touch with your network of contacts. I cover this more fully in Chapter 12, "Building an Active Contact List."
Suffice it to say that your career is a life-long affair. Whether you continue as an employee with your current employer or you strike out on your own to build a business, the contacts you cultivate are your keys to success.
Begin building that network nowthis very day!