New Year, New Job?

Over the past few years, the pandemic has empowered workers especially when it comes to finding their next role or career. This year, all signs indicate that it will still be a candidate’s market since employers in many industries, including senior living and long-term care, struggle to fill empty seats.


For that reason, many American workers are considering a job or entire career changes. In fact, a recent survey indicated that 20% of workers plan to pursue a new job in 2023.


If you’re ready to jump ship, here are some tips to make it a smooth transition:


-Perform Self-Assessment. Take inventory of what you like and don’t like about your current job. What would you change and how would you change it? Is your current job fulfilling or would another job make you happier?


-Map Out Your Plan. Once you’ve decided that pros of leaving your job are greater than the cons, you need an idea of how exactly you’ll make the transition.  Do you have enough cash in reserves so that if something should happen, while changing jobs, you have an emergency fund?  Do you plan to start your new job right away or take a break in between?


-Make Networking Connections.  Many times, it’s who you know and not what you know. Research from Zippia in 2022 shows that up to 85% of jobs are filled through networking. If you’re networking with people you know, that’s easy. Just calltol them you’re looking for a new opportunity in a specific area. For those people who you’ve met maybe once or twice, email or contact in person with an opening line of “Since last we spoke, I’m looking for a new opportunity.” To reach out to people you don’t know, it’s best to first connect on LinkedIn and then proceed with caution and maybe find something in common. Remember to be genuine.


-Upskill. It’s always a good idea to brush up on your shills when switching jobs. Do you need additional education or training? It’s important to know what will be needed for your next opportunity. You should also update your resume and include the new, relevant skills you’ve obtained. Make sure your skills and resume align with the next job you want.


-Be Mindful of Economic Conditions. Switching careers can be challenging for various reasons, one of which might be the economy. The current economic climate might make it more challenging to land the dream job you want. Some organizations might be cutting back on hiring. Be sure to weigh the possible consequences of making a job change right now. You may be giving up the security that comes along with your senior level or tenure in your current role.


-Contact Recruiter.  There are plenty of reasons why you might want to contact an executive recruiting firm. For example, it’s their job to be an expert and not just in recruitment but the current job market, and in your specific industry. In addition, recruiters know about jobs that you don’t. Contact a reputable executive search firm like MedBest to find out more. Remember, chatting with a recruiter isn’t a commitment.





Julie Rupenski is the Founder & CEO of MedBest Recruiting. Since opening its doors in 2001, Julie has grown MedBest into an award winning, multimillion-dollar national firm, garnering impressive awards including INC 5000 2021 and Tampa Bay Fast 50 2021!  This year, Julie was named as one of the “Top 100 Women Leaders in Tampa 2022″ by Women We Admire.


MedBest has gained national recognition due to Julie’s industry expertise and high level of success. Julie has an in-depth knowledge of the senior living industry.  She previously worked in operations for both senior housing and senior living prior to founding MedBest. Today, Julie and her industry-savvy team of recruiters, make it their mission to place exceptional industry executives in senior living positions where they have the greatest impact.


Julie’s industry articles and interviews have been published in Provider Magazine, Argentum Quarterly, LeadingAge Magazine, McKnight’s Senior Living, Florida Senior Living Association, Florida Health Care Association, Florida Assisted Living Association, LeadingAge Florida, LeadingAge Indiana, LeadingAge Oregon, Virginia Assisted Living Association and the Pennsylvania Health Care Association.


Julie earned her degree in Gerontology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida and continues to cultivate her career through senior living conferences, forums, trade shows, and expos.


MedBest is an award-winning national Executive Search Firm exclusive to the Senior Living Industry. For more than two decades, we have connected senior living organizations with exceptional senior living executive talent for both permanent and interim roles. MedBest was named as one of American’s top companies by Inc.5000 plus we are a Tampa Fast 50 Company!

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