by Trevor Lee

When we had kids my wife started a tradition of doing a “New Year’s Interview” each year on December 31. It was sort of a personal “state of the union.” She wrote down things like achievements from the past year, favorite foods, and what they most enjoyed doing. As they got older it became something they could do for themselves and it became a useful way of helping them consider various aspects of their lives.

While intentional reflection is important for leaders throughout the year, the year’s end has a way of forcing that reflection when busyness has pushed it to the back burner. Reflection on its own won’t really be useful to you or your business though. When my kids fill out their “New Year’s Interview” as fast as they can and never look at it again it’s really a pointless exercise. So how can you make sure your reflection is worth the time?

by Matt Thomas

People 30 years old and younger are unfamiliar with a world where a job was simply a means of putting food on the table or best case, saving for retirement. If you are over 30 then you walked (crawled?) through the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing recession. Those 30-35 entered a hostile job market and probably still remember asking themselves what exactly they went to college for!

Our economy is on quite a run right now with a bull market lasting much longer than anyone expected, and with recession indicators cooling off, it looks to continue for the foreseeable future. In a strong economy, candidates are often presented with multiple opportunities. In the recruiting industry, we see a sharp increase in passive candidate placements. In other words, folks who are not actively looking for a job but are open to new opportunities.

But how should we assess a new opportunity? Especially when we are fairly content with our current job. Here are 5 questions we should ask ourselves when assessing a new opportunity: