If you’re considering a new job there really is no time like the present to begin your search. While some experts will tell you that summer is the best time to start looking, others will swear that January is the peak hiring season.
Truth be told, there is no right or wrong time. In fact, you should always keep an eye out for your dream job (unless you already have it of course).
Here are some other clues that it might be time to move on.
You have some free time
Thanks to online digital applications, applying for jobs has never been quicker or easier. You will, however, need a little bit of time on your hands to prep for interviews and do some research into the roles that you are applying for. If you can spare a few minutes here and there now might be the perfect time to start looking.
You don’t need a new job
Applying for jobs when you don’t actually need a new job is brilliant because it completely takes the pressure off. You’re also less likely to settle for a mediocre offer. If a great opportunity comes your way you can decide whether you would like to take it or not. You’re in complete control.
Before you hate your current job
If your current job is starting to get on your nerves it might be time to consider a move. The last thing you want is to start resenting the company and your fellow colleagues. It’s always better to leave on a good note while you’re still at the top of your game. Plus you’re more likely to get a killer recommendation letter that way.
Make that too comfortable. If you find yourself on autopilot during the week it could be time to mix things up. Your job should excite and challenge you. If you’ve lost your drive or you see no sign of progression in your current role then it might be time to check out some other offers.
After a major life change
Definitely not during or before. Starting a new job can take up a lot of your time, especially if you have to log a few extra hours to get up to speed. If you’re planning on getting married, moving home or going through any other big change in your life you may not be able to dedicate the hours you need to be successful in your new role.