Ever heard the phrase, “He who hesitates is lost” or “The early bird gets the worm”? Almost everyone is familiar with these common sayings… sure you may have heard them before or even used them yourself. But take a moment and ask yourself, are you someone who hesitates? Someone who let’s opportunities pass you bye, simply because you are not prepared. Ask yourself, are you prepared to take advantage of that next big job opportunity, that next promotion or raise?
Job hunting and your professional career advancement are often overlooked throughout most employees’ careers until that once in a lifetime opportunity arises. Typically, we are forced into action by either being faced with the loss of employment through company downsizing, layoffs, or that unexpected; you’re fired. Or have opportunity present itself in the form of a pending promotion, out-of-the-blue recruiter contact or new business opportunity that can launch your career to that next level.
In either case, being purely reactive to a pending employment change or opportunity can be perceived as being unprepared to any future employer. You always want your first impression to be strong. Therefore, throughout your career is it highly recommended you annually update your resume and professional credentials, and keep an up to date list of professional references.
If an job opportunity arises that you believe is right for you, do not hesitate to submit your resume. The days or weeks you spend preparing your resume could cost you the job or promotion. Any future employer will see you as a more decisive candidate if you were prepared and reacted immediately. Do not allow your un-preparedness to determine the direction of your career.
You do not need to be perfect. Having a recently revised resume available will be a huge head start in making any quick revisions and submitting your resume. The concept of acting immediately is difficult for one who is a perfectionist who tends to mull over decisions and wait until they are sure that everything is right before they do anything. There is some value in that, but not in this current job market. It is too competitive to hesitate. If you see something that might be right for you, act on it immediately. You will greatly increase your chances of getting hired or obtaining that promotion.