The quote above was taken from the popular children’s story Goldilocks. Although it may seem elementary at first, one cannot negate the fact that this excerpt teaches an important lesson. The fact is that the subject in question (Goldilocks in this scenario), is constantly on a quest to achieve the best possible outcome via trial and error. This principle becomes increasingly relevant as one begins to take a look at today’s job market.
So what is the perfect opportunity for you? This is certainly a question that requires in depth thinking, analysis of self, and (in most cases) a healthy serving of trial and error. Let’s now take a moment to fast forward from the start of one’s career to the point where he or she has settled in to a role that feels…let’s say, just right! Now, this individual has been working for Company ABC for three years; the compensation plan is competitive, the benefits are good, and the daily routine starts to become second nature – we are now in metaphorical cruise control. This can be a very smooth part of one’s career, but it can also be a highway to mediocrity.
When one has settled into a role that is no longer challenging, it may be time to consider pursuing new opportunities. As a general rule of thumb, if you are very comfortable, it is likely that you are not being challenged – if you are not being challenged you are not making an impact. Furthermore, if you are not making an impact, you are probably not on your way toward advancement.
At the Glenmont Group, we spend the majority of our time reaching out to passive candidates to alert them of relevant opportunities and to provide them with a general overview of the competitive landscape. Making moves within one’s area of interest has become far more common. The average number of moves within the US workforce is now 8.7 during one’s career. When moving to another organization, the average increase in compensation is just about 15%. So the next time you feel “comfortable” in a given role, consider the opportunities for advancement and title that are associated with moving to another organization!