A TopResume survey reveals that most professionals have a wandering eye for their next career move. Here's why this is a good thing.

During your next team meeting, take a look around. According to this TopResume workplace survey, nearly three-quarters of your colleagues consider themselves to be in the market for a new position.

TopResume asked more than 500 professionals, “What's your relationship with your current job?”. The survey revealed that 72 percent of workers are in an “Open Relationship,” meaning they're employed, but open to hearing about new opportunities.

“But wait,” you might be saying. “Shouldn't I want to be in a 'committed relationship' with a job I love?”

Well, yes ... and no.

It's great if you're one of the seven percent who love their job, but if a recruiter comes calling or a friend gives you the inside scoop on your dream role, you need to be ready to pursue it at a moment's notice.

TopResume Workplace Survey: Relationship with Job

Don't let yourself become too comfortable in your current position or so caught up in your day-to-day work that you lose sight of your long-term career plans. You should always be ready for the unexpected, whether that's an attractive job lead or an unforeseen pink slip.

Here are five ways to lay the groundwork for your next career move:

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Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated to include new data and a new infographic for 2022.

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