How to Explore the Job Market as a Tenured Employee

Tips to Gain Confidence & Get Organized

Katelyn Harris Lange


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If you’ve worked for the same company for the past 5, 10, or even 15 years, all this talk about the Great Resignation might have you wondering what else is out there.

Exploring the job market shouldn’t feel like a guilty secret you’re keeping from your current employer and it doesn’t commit you to actually accepting a new role.

If browsing jobs or taking a recruiter call is something you’ve been mulling over for a while, now is the time to put yourself out there. Most importantly, this job market is a prime opportunity to prioritize your wants and needs.

Scanning the market is a wise choice to:

  1. build relationships with recruiters who often circle back with future opportunities
  2. provide real-time intel on how your pay compares to the current market rate for your skillset
  3. keep the rust off of your interview skills and practice builds comfort when speaking about what’s important to you in the workplace

These easy tips will help you get organized, add structure to your job search, and keep you on track while navigating what can be an emotional and frustrating experience.

Confidence, clarity & structure

Over my last five years working in recruiting and workforce development, I’ve spoken with hundreds of tenured professionals who are nervous about exploring the job market.

Below are the most common limiting beliefs that I hear.

  • I’m afraid my skills are outdated
  • I’m not sure of what job titles accurately capture my skillset
  • Would a tech company be interested in someone with a non-tech background?
  • I think I’ll have to take a pay cut to change roles

These 3 steps will get you over your fear and well on your way to better assessing if your current company and role is the best option for you.

1. Schedule a Recruiter Call

The best way to face off with your self-doubt is to speak with a recruiter or talent…



Katelyn Harris Lange

Here for economic justice and community. Philanthropist and power shifter writing about work, social impact & relationships.