Job openings in April soared to a new record high, with 9.3 million vacancies coming as the economy recovers from its pandemic depths. This is great news for those who are actively looking for a job, but even more importantly, this is a unique opportunity for people who are happy with their current roles. Here are 3 reasons why you should check out the job market right now, even if you love your current role:
#1: Make Sure That Your Skills Are Still Relevant
With a record number of job openings, almost much every company, every sector, and every skill set is in demand right now–but not all. Legacy jobs in all sectors are becoming obsolete due to digital transformation; make sure your skillset isn’t one of the ones being put out to pasture!
Check if your experience is still relevant to the market, and consider upskilling before it’s too late if you’re not seeing many open roles for your skillset. Here are the Top Ten IT Skills in Demand in 2021 that you can master to stay relevant and competitive.
#2: Understand Your Current Market Value
Per the recent U.S. jobs report, wages rose substantially in June as employers try to attract employees by paying more. The latest evidence shows that workers have the power to demand more as the economy reopens.
Take advantage of this time to evaluate if you ought to be asking for a promotion or a raise to be paid what you’re worth!
#3: Broaden Your Horizons to Future Career Growth and Possibilities
A recent survey revealed 41% of workers are currently thinking about resigning from their jobs. Why? The pandemic has given workers more time to reevaluate their career goals. If you’ve ever been curious about changing fields or trying out a new role, now is a great time to see what is out there. The newly expanded availability of remote roles makes it even easier to find the best opportunity for you anywhere in the world without being constrained to what is locally available.
Review open jobs (and maybe even talk to a few hiring managers) as you think about your post-pandemic career goals to make sure that you and your current company are in alignment.