Recently I have talked to a significant number of individuals about people who are “thinking about” changing jobs.   I would say a majority of the people I have talked to have been in their current job for a number of years.   Though people inquire, there is still a great deal of hesitation.  There is fear about the unknown.  What we already know is familiar and safe, and making a change is scary and unsettling.  I get it.

Why the sudden spike in people interested in looking at other opportunities?  I think there are a number of reasons.  First, the economy is improving and more jobs are available than there have been in recent history.   Secondly, the jobs being presented are very enticing.

Do you remember dating?  Maybe you are married. Maybe you are single.  Maybe you are just not interested in dating at all.  Regardless, you remember the feeling.  The feeling of being wanted, needed, and desired?  Well, 2015 is going to be a big year for hiring.  It is hard not to jump on the bandwagon.

I have something to say to everyone who does not pursue their hopes and dreams.  You are potentially missing out. Missing out on career fulfillment, success and happiness. If you don’t try something, you will never know.

When a recruiter contacts you in the near future (and they will), what should you do?  Here are 5 Reasons why you should take the interview.

1.   There may be the perfect job out there for you.  This is pretty simple.  If you are dissatisfied with any part of your job, there may be an opportunity out there that fits you like a glove.  It may be the perfect job for which you have been searching.  It may fill all of the gaps of the things you would WANT in a job.

2.  You may learn that the perfect job is the one you have now.  Sometimes interviewing will make you realize that you don’t have it so bad.  Your current job may be the perfect job for you and you don’t need to make a change.  This will make you feel better about your current situation.

3.  You may learn that what you thought what you wanted to do isn’t what you want to do at all.  If you go out and interview, you may learn that the job that you THINK you want isn’t something you want to do at all.  It may be mundane.  It may require more effort than you are willing to give.  It may require you to do things that you aren’t great at doing.  This is a great litmus test for you.  You can scratch it off your list.

4.  You may learn about how other companies do things that can improve your current situation.  Every company does something slightly differently.  You may come back from an interview with a few takeaways on how you can improve your current job.  You can make some suggestions that would make your job the best job you could possibly have.  Maybe your current position just needs a little tweaking.

5.  You may learn more about your 5 year plan.  Maybe you don’t have the skills to do the job you are interviewing for.  Maybe you can learn what areas you need to improve upon to reach your ultimate goal.  Maybe you need to learn a little more from your current boss and ask to take on additional duties.

So, I pose this question to you.  WHY NOT INTERVIEW?