The winds of change have started to blow now that the tumult within the economy has somewhat stabilized. However, don’t misinterpret this stability as a chance to relax if you’re an employer or eagerly rising star employee. Employers and achievers — welcome to the eye of the storm. Those “winds of change” will quickly create a change in the climate of employment throughout the country. With the increase in stability comes less reluctance on the part of employees to begin searching outside the current sphere of employment to find better opportunities. Of course, with the top talent leaving several key positions to change scenes or discover the entrepreneurial spirit, the competition for top candidates rises to a fever pitch. In this confusing tempest, finding the best workers or place to work often requires a reach outside of internal hiring and immediate networks. For truly talented workers to be found, company-employee matches will increasingly be found on a national scale. The standards for talent that have been relegated to the bare minimum in order to continue operation will be shed in this new climate of migration. With less risk, companies will ask for more talent from a star employee. While this talent seeking becomes a focal point for companies, skilled employees also have the benefit of scarcity on their side. With the relative lack of talent, negotiating for benefits, salary, maybe even a company golf cart, are becoming valid negotiating points. There’s a sunny outcome in the end, but brace yourselves, the storm is on the way.