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EP 1635 I am happy where I am but this job seems so good.  So be interviewing for my next job.  Even when I am content in my current one?

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This is No BS Job Search Advice Radio, Episode 1635. I'm your host, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, and welcome. It's Sunday. I was out yesterday on a Walk for World Peace on a brisk day with a whole bunch of people in Asheville, North Carolina. It was lovely walking, and walking, and walking and helping them raise money. Lovely day, and I'm back today with more advice that's going to be designed to help you. And, this one basically answers the question of "I'm happy in my current job but should I still interview for something else? I hope you find this helpful. I hope you give it a great review. And it's Sunday. Let's just get going. Okay?

And I received a question for someone I thought was very useful. "Should I be interviewing for my next job even when I'm content in my current one?"

What do you think? Does it make sense to start looking at other things even though you're happy?

Now, content is an interesting word but I think that's a deflection. The real thing is, often, when we're content, we're comfortable. We stop pushing ourselves; we've stopped. We stopped stretching ourselves. We stopped trying.

And I remember years ago when I was in search and there was a sales trainer named Steve Finkel, who would teach us different closing techniques. And they were kind of manipulative techniques. And there was one thing he said that really stuck out. And the premise was, you're trying to recruit someone, and they said, "I'm happy where I am." And he said, and this was his clever rebuttal, but "clever" belies the fact that it's true. It makes it seem as though this rebuttal has no basis. In fact, when it actually does.

And he told people to say was, "The person who gets ahead isn't always the smartest, or work the hardest, although goodness knows that's a great quality to have. The person who gets ahead is the one that remains alert to opportunity." I would add on to that, "sometimes those are internal to an organization. More often than not, they are external.

And between those two statements, the one that Steve proposed, and my add on to it, that's absolutely true. Being content doesn't mean that you won't be more content in the next organization, stepping up to a new challenge. It doesn't mean that the next firm would be proposed something even better, that you'd like more There's no way to find that out unless you talk with them.

For now, you don't have to go hat in hand like a supplicant, begging for more as the job hunter who's active might. You are content where you are, and that's cool. But if you open your eyes and open your ears up to other possibilities, you may find that there's a better option for you somewhere else.

I know at my last search firm. I spent a lot of years with them wheree I eventually came to realize what difficult circumstances, but, because I was in the mix of things and well regarded, often, I didn't really feel it was safe until I got out of there. As such, once those unnecessary burdens and shackles were lifted from me, until that happened, I didn't realize how miserable I was at the last place.

That may or may not be true of you. I'm going to take the word content at face value and say you're happy, you don't have a care in the world, you're well regarded, happy with the money that you're making. It's not money that's going to motivate you. It's the nature of the work. I take that at face value.

Who's to say that there isn't a better opportunity somewhere else, that when someone knocks on your door, they might not have a better chance for you. Now, many of the things you'll look at aren't going to be better. That's great. You affirm that your situation is better than that one. And I'm certainly not saying to do this every day. But, when there's something that piques your interest, something that makes you go, "Huh," even for a moment, listen to that silence.

So, pay attention to and notice how your emotional response is true. Explore it. It may be confirmed orrejected, but listen to it and explore.

So that's today's show. I hope you found this helpful ane, if you did, here are a few more ways to get more from me. First of all, at my website, which is, I have more than 7000 blog posts there that you can watch or listen to or read that will help you find your next job.

While there, if you're interested in one on one coaching from me, you can schedule a session, either a discovery call or coaching session with me by using the button on the homepage that says SCHEDULE. You'll see a number of different options. If you just want to have a quick chat to see if coaching makes sense, use the discovery call option.

If you want the best of my advice with an emphasis on interviewing, go to where I have curated information with a focus on interviewing. If you decide to take a lifetime membership at the site, basically, what I do is I give you the money back in the form of one hour of coaching with me that you can use is in two 30 minutes sessions. Thus the site becomes free.

You can also hire me for a resume or LinkedIn profile critique. Trusted Advisor services, help with a salary negotiation, and much much more at my website. Like you, I don't work for free. I do charge for what I do.

You can also take my classes on Skillshare and become a premium member using the link in the show notes and receive two months for free, instead of just the one that the site offers. Skillshare offers thousands and thousands of courses, not just simply mine, but on a host of different subjects that can help you in many different ways.

Lastly, join my group on Facebook, which is called Career Angles. It's free to the first 250 members who join and is focused on helping you to do better at work. Information is shared daily and we're attempting to build a supportive group there. Ask to join. I'm not letting recruiters in so it's a safe place. You won't get harassed.

And I'll be back tomorrow with more. In the meantime, I hope you have a great day. Be great!

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Jeff Atlman - Job Hunting Coach - Job Search CoachJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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