Most responsible adults tend to prefer security when it comes to their jobs. Yes, we all know that reasonable and informed risk taking often pays off in salary increases, promotions and bonuses, but it’s good to take risks knowing one can (more or less) safely fail. Quitting a current job and getting a new one is generally considered a much higher risk, especially in a weak global economy. So it’s natural for people to want to keep their jobs these days.
But it’s different if you don’t have a job (after graduating from your college or university, or lost a job and are ready to get a new one). Getting a job becomes a priority and the risk profile changes. Now it’s a much higher risk to remain without a job. There are also risks of getting the “wrong job” – one that won’t fill your needs, provide growth opportunities or even last for the time you’d like it to.
The benefit of looking for a job in these tough times is that companies tend to reduce their burden as much as possible, and are thus hiring for the most critical positions only. This means that:
a) if you get such a job chances are it’s a serious commitment for the company to have someone to do the work, so your job security is usually good;
b) the job role may be totally new or thoroughly redesigned, thus providing the successful candidate with opportunities to establish the performance/results baseline and grow from it;
c) an employer will try fill the vacancy as quickly as possible, increasing your chances to get the job even if you’re not 100% fit for the job description (be ready to convince them, though).
Are there any drawbacks? Of course, but from my point of view they are outweighed by the benefits. Expect the workload to be high, Be ready to start performing right away as there will be less chance for a nice and relaxed ramp-up period, the job scope can ‘creep’ adding new things to your plate as you go which weren’t originally listed, etc. But these are just great opportunities, aren’t they? So if you’re ready to work hard to jumpstart your career (or turn it into a new professional field), then apply to hot job postings, especially in times of global economic slowdown. Choose wisely and grab the best opportunity. The ‘hot jobs’ at Intel are just a click away.