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Are You A Job Search Procrastinator?

Youíve been in a dead-end job for months, or even years now, yet you canít seem to gather up the courage to look for a new job. Or your company announced there will be a series of layoffs coming this year and you donít know if youíre going to be affected. Is that enough to make you start job hunting? If not, then you could be considered a job search procrastinator.

Prepare for Layoffs

ďIím comfortable where Iím at.Ē This is one of the more common scenarios when someone doesnít want to look for a new job even when critical situations arise. Iím talking about those who go down with a sinking ship. The ship being the company for which theyíre employed, of course.

If your company announces upcoming layoffs, that means the company is in trouble. Possibly not in fear of bankruptcy but itís not doing as well as planned or expected. You know heads are going to roll but you donít know if yours is going to be one of them.

Iíve known people who have stuck it out till the very end. And where does that leave them? Without a job. and scrambling. Even if you are offered a severance package, it might not be enough to support you and your family.

Something that employees have to realize is that when this situation occurs, you canít be too confident about your place in a company. You have to weigh the risks involved with sticking it out. Yes, you want to be loyal to your companyÖwhen possible. But donít let that loyalty blind you to the fact that you could very well be out of a job soon.

Going Nowhere Fast

Youíre educated, a hard worker with high work ethics and you do your job well. So why are you in the same position youíve been in since you were hired?

For many people, this is not a problem. They crave that Ďsamenessí. It provides comfort knowing what to expect each and every day. They donít want something new and Ďbetterí. Theyíre happy where they are.

However, there are others who donít look for jobs out of fear. Fear of change. They want something more, new and different but theyíre not getting the opportunity with the company theyíre at.

But at the same time, they realize they have a good stable job. Why mess up a good thing?

Taking the Initiative

If you find yourself in either of these situations, you have to look at the pros and cons of looking for another job. Whatís the worst thing that can happen if you stay? Conversely, whatís the worst thing that can happen if you find another job? Are there greater benefits of starting to look around to see what other companies have to offer you?

No one can answer these questions for you. Each job seekerís situation is different and everyone has different responsibilities and goals. Take time to explore the reasons behind your job search procrastination. Maybe itís to save you from yourself and from reacting too quickly. Or maybe itís holding you back from reaching your full career potential.

- Heather Eagar

Heather Eagar is a former professional resume writer who is now dedicated to providing job seekers with resources and products that promote job search success from beginning to end. For resume service reviews, interview and job search advice, go to