The core of being a good recruiter is understanding what is missing from someone’s career satisfaction and matching them with a client who can provide that missing element. This year, employee engagement scores are better than year’s past, but they are still not great. Lack of respect, challenge, work- life balance and of course, compensation all come into play in the formula.

However, it is surprising to us how many people when we call and request to talk about their career give us this response: “No, thanks. I’m happy where I am.” Really?

How happy are you? You might be comfortable in your role. You may think your position is stable and your career is fine, but how do you know if you don’t take the time to benchmark with recruiters like us to find out what else is available?

We’re not asking for a commitment. We suggesting you share with us where you are in life, what you like about your role, what you don’t like. Is there a component that is missing from your current situation? Are you positive your company is not up for sale?

Are you so well networked that if your role was to disappear next week, you would be in great shape to find another one quickly?

Happiness is a subjective measurement and can shift with the wind. You like your boss but what happens when they decide to move? Is your happiness confused with being comfortable? Ask yourself this question: When is the last time you felt like you really moved the needle for your business or for your career? If it was longer than 6 months ago, you might want to reevaluate your situation.

And on the comp issue, have you thought about the invisible cost of a 3% merit increase over the next 10 years? Compare that moving to another company, where you can elevate your base by 7%, 10% or more. Add additional increases on bonuses, profit sharing and/or long term incentives and the compounded increase can become life-changing over the years.

Taking a mental sabbatical from the outside world when it comes to career opportunities can cost you in a variety of ways. When you need a job it is much easier to get one if you are a known commodity in the market than it is when you are unemployed.

What does it hurt to talk? By benchmarking with external recruiters, you can make an educated decision on how happy you really are. And if that answer is “really happy now”, good for you. Keep in touch and we can always connect in the future.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask here.

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