Myth 1: It’s far better to look for a job when you have a job.
The basis for this common myth is several fold: there’s a belief that if you are employed you are more powerful and confident; you can be more selective because you will not be forced to accept a job if it isn’t the right fit; search firms have a bias against people in transition. However, staying in your company does not always guarantee job hunting success. Some clients have deliberately exited their companies because their jobs or boss have changed, or they were miserable and ineffective as the political infighting and bullying was too oppressive. Remaining in such an environment was exacting such a high emotional toll that it was immediately seen and felt by others as lack of confidence and credibility.
Reality: It’s all about what you believe and how you behave.
The reason why this myth is so widespread has more to do with people’s sense of personal worth and value.
People take their cues from you. If you behave in a bold, confident, and authentic manner you’ll clearly communicate that you currently have or can generate many options in the marketplace – employed or not. Keep in mind, regardless of varied marketplace biases (real or imagined), you will be selected for a meaningful role based on your personal chemistry and competency – not your employment status.
We don’t believe in this myth . . . and neither should you.