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Is the current economic and political environment a deterrent to you to consider other opportunities?

(You also may answer this question on LinkedIn. I posted it on Career Management.)

I am noticing every day there is one more name added to the rolls of staffing companies and retained search firms who are “leaning out.” However, I also see many recruiters/ staffing specialists/ talent acquisition professionals who are currently employed, answering positively to questions from companies who are hiring such professionals. Here’s my rationale: it is common practice that the last one coming is the first one to go when companies are in this mode. So, if a person is employed in an industry which is going through layoffs, why would this person put him/herself in a more precarious situation? I agree it is smart, even necessary in our line of work, to stay updated about the marketplace. However, isn’t putting yourself out there in such a public manner too risky? Thoughts, anyone?

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Comment by Raul Ramos y Sanchez on December 31, 2008 at 9:56am
I would not assume the "last in, first out" rule applies universally. Some companies may see a lean economy as an opportunity to eliminate highly-paid marginal performers and soon afterwords bring in a replacement at a lower salary. Some questions to ask yourself if you are being courted by an employer in these lean times: Does the company's financial health look good? Is the company known for high turnover? How long was the tenure of the predecessor for the job being offered to you?

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