While you hear on the news that the US economy could be in trouble when it comes to the housing crisis, employers are still planning to add employees over the next few years. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2006-2007 estimates that more than 18 million jobs will be added by the year 2014. The industries where you will see an increase in the number of jobs are as diverse as the people needed to fill the positions. Things to consider when you’re ready for a job change. You can expect to see an increase in the number of computer jobs, healthcare jobs, engineering jobs, and leisure/hospitality jobs in this time frame, just to name a few industries.

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You might get excited when you read news about new jobs being created and think “now is the time for me to make a change.” However, if you are ready to change jobs you should make that decision independent of what you see or hear on the daily news, and if you are content where you are working you should stay put. Your career is an important part of your life – it’s who you are, it’s what you do and it’s how you support your family. Make the decision to change jobs based on factors that are independent of economic news – career path, opportunity for growth, or personal dissatisfaction are just a few reasons you might consider taking a new position.

We’ve written before in this blog about the use of third party recruiters (or headhunters). Don’t discount the use of a recruiter when looking for a new opportunity. A recruiter who specializes in your industry can be a great ally in your search for a new career opportunity. However, it is crucial that you find a recruiter who specializes in the recruitment of professionals in your industry. While someone might be good at recruiting nurses, they probably don’t have the industry knowledge to help you find a job in a transportation related industry (for example).

If you’re only complaint about your current job is money, you can consider asking for a raise before going through a job change search. If you’re dissatisfied with things that just can’t be changed (such as room for growth) then now might be the time for you to explore your career options.