I was invited out to FOX 9 to talk about the the latest BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showing 2.25 million folks quit their job in April, a 7.2 percent jump from March and just below February which was a multi year high.
There is starting to be a more noticeable churn within the job economy. Some folks are leaving one job for another and some... many more than a year ago are leaving a job without a next one lined up.
Yeah, that’s right... quitting without a next place to call “home away from home”.
Do I recommend this?
Well... yes and no. There needs to be some serious knowledge of what the job picture is for your skill set and a very long and sincere conversation with yourself (spouse and family too) about where you are financially.
A point I did not make in the story is this... sometimes the grass is not greener on the other side. You could very well be moving into a new company and position and the chair you are filling is vacant because the previous person moved on to greener pastures.
So be careful... sometimes the grass is greener where you water it.
Do I think though that for some this is something to think about? Absolutely. A lot of people have felt stuck since the recession and are itching to get out and do new things.
So call me mixed… depends on who you are, what you do, where you do it and your financial situation.
How much of a trend is this?
Not big… but the needle is definitely starting to move and this will become a much more common thing.
- The number of calls and email I am getting from friends and friends of friends who are updating resumes, LinkedIn profiles is up dramatically the past 90 days.
- My speaking sessions... "career maintenance" as in raises, offers, planning is asked for far more than "job search" as in I lost my job
- While some managers, directors, CXO's are concerned about someone like me (recruiter/headhunter) calling their people... if I call them, they return the call right away.
My local and national recruiter and HR conferences are full with recruiting presentations... very few with retention.
Take away for CEO’s, Managers, Recruiter and HR teams: you have a blind side… your own staff is being recruited by someone.
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