Always Meet For Coffee: Don’t Pass Up Career Opportunities, Even When You’re Not Looking

Job momentum in the technology sector shows no signs of slowing down. In 2014, the San Francisco metro area reached statistical full employment, and science and technology is considered one of the top performing industries. Additionally, software engineering consistently ranks highly among careers based on compensation and job availability – so how can you best leverage this pool of opportunities to further your own career? In short – always meet for coffee.

If you’re an engineering executive, you’ve likely experienced firsthand the increasing volume of calls from recruiters pitching new opportunities, colleagues touting hot new startup ideas or a VC connection that’s hoping to chat with you over coffee. You might be prone to say you’re too involved with another project to consider deals, but that’s the wrong move. The market has never been riper with opportunity for new engineering leadership and you will never know when that perfect opportunity, with tough challenges, an inspirational leadership team and big financial upside, is available if you don’t keep your options open.

Even if you’re not actively considering new career opportunities, don’t shut yourself off to exploring your options. The case for coffee:

This advice really applies to all career paths – if someone is interested in speaking with you about a job, do it. At the end of the day, you’ve got nothing to lose and potentially the world to gain. So take the meeting. And for you non-coffee drinkers: now would be a good time to start.