Animal Health Jobs : A New Opportunity

If you want to grow your career, then you must be at least open to hearing about a new employment opportunity. When you agree to hear about it, you are NOT saying, “Yes, I will resign from my current company and leave tomorrow to take another position.”

What you ARE doing is creating options for yourself. You can listen to the opportunity and decide that you do not want to move forward, or you can listen to it and decide that you do want to move forward. You can even decide later in the process that you don’t want to proceed because you don’t believe the opportunity is better than the job you have now Animal Health Jobs.

The bottom line is that people who are open to hearing about a new opportunity give themselves more options and having options is a good thing.

Teresa: I’ve heard that people are changing jobs more frequently now than at any time before. Is that true?

Stacy: That is true. Last year, LinkedIn published the results of a study based on its own user data. According to the study, changing jobs has become more common during the last few years. The study indicated that Millennials typically “jump jobs” four times during their first decade out of college. The Gen X Generation, which graduated college between 1986 and 1990, averaged only two job changes during their first 10 years out of college.

That means if you’re less than 32 years old, then you’re likely to change jobs at least four times before you reach that age. If you’re older than 32, then you’re likely to change jobs more frequently in the future than you did earlier in your career.

So the rate at which recent college graduates have changed jobs has roughly doubled in recent years, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down.

Teresa: So the more options that people create for themselves, the better positioned they’ll be to enjoy career growth?

Stacy: That’s correct. And being open to at least hearing about an opportunity is a great way to create options for Animal Health Jobs yourself.

Teresa: Why do you think people are so predisposed to not at least being open to hearing about an opportunity?

Stacy: Well, one reason could be that we are actually hard-wired to say “No,” if you can believe it. There’s actually some scientific evidence to back this up.

In 2015, the results of a study were published in PLoS Computational Biology, which is a trade publication. The study revealed that human beings are more likely to say “No” than “Yes” for biological reasons tied to how the brain functions. The senior author of the study said this: “It could be that humans are wired to be natural naysayers.”

But I think there’s even more to it than that.

Teresa: How’s that?

Stacy: After more than two decades in the recruiting profession, I believe a lot of it simply stems from fear of the unknown. People are naturally afraid of the unknown, and that applies to their personal life and their professional life.

There’s a certain degree of fear that comes with landing a new job opportunity. All sorts of questions race through your mind. What if the new job doesn’t work out? What if I don’t like my co-workers? What if I don’t like my boss? What if my current boss freaks out when I resign?

I compare this type of fear to what you may have experienced as a child when you went to the doctor’s office to get a shot. There were all sorts of scary things racing through your mind. But when you got to the doctor’s office and received your shot, you discovered that thinking about the shot was worse than actually getting it.

And just like getting a shot, thinking about changing jobs is worse than actually changing jobs Animal Health Jobs.

I have a handy acronym for effectively dealing with fear. That acronym is:

Fear = False Evidence Appearing Real

Fear can appear very real, but in many cases, that fear is false. It’s the apprehension of the situation that turns out to be worse than the actual situation.

Teresa: And when you ask professionals if they’re open to an opportunity, you’re not flat-out asking them to change jobs at all? You’re just asking them to be open to considering the opportunity, is that right?

Stacy: That’s right. There is no commitment on their part to do anything but just listen. By listening, at least they know what the opportunity is about. If they still say “No” to it, at least they’ll know what they’re saying “No” to.

Teresa: I know we’ve talked a lot about the people who say “No” to opportunity. What about those you’ve encountered who say “Yes” right off the bat?

Stacy: When I ask the question, “Are you open hearing about another Animal Health Jobs opportunity at this time?” they usually say one of two things:

“Yes, I’m open to hearing about it.”
“Yes, what kind of opportunity do you have?”

These two responses are the correct responses to this question. They’re not committing themselves to anything but hearing about what the opportunity is. And if they believe the opportunity sounds better than what they have now, then they take action. But not until then.

I can say without a doubt that those people who are open to opportunity are typically more successful in their careers than those who are not open. I have 20 years of experience to back this up. It’s something I very much believe in and that I’m very passionate about.

Teresa: So what should people do? What’s your recommendation?

Stacy: My advice is for people to overcome their biological wiring and their fear and at least be open to hearing about a new opportunity. Get all of the facts and information and then make a decision about whether or not you want to move forward. Just taking that one step will put you in the category of people who are more successful in their career.

Teresa: Stacy, thanks so much for all of this Animal Health Jobs great information today.

Stacy: Thank you, Teresa. I look forward to our next podcast!

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