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When Is The Best Time To Look For A Job?

20th May 2014

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Well... the answer is: When you are NOT looking for a job?

Throughout my recruiting career, I’ve often had candidates telling me it’s not the best time to look for a job. Different reasons were cited, the common ones being, “I am working on an exciting project right now”, “I’m expecting a pay increase”, or “I’m waiting for my bonus payout” etc. The list goes on and on and on.  Has it ever occurred to you that once you receive the bonus or finish the project, there could be another one just round the corner? So the question is… WHEN is the best time?

The best time to look for a new job is not when you need one; you just want one. There is no pressure for you to secure a job quickly, or to settle for something lesser than what you are ideally looking for. Should you come across an opportunity that really piques your interest, it also increases your bargaining power with your prospective employer as you are not in a hurry to move. You are in control. 

Job-seekers who wait till they are laid off, passed over for a promotion or get weary and start to really hate their job are at a serious disadvantage! A typical job search can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months, so it never hurts to have an updated resume handy and be ready when the time comes. 

I often encourage candidates to keep their eyes and ears open at all times for interesting opportunities. Perhaps even consider going for informal meet-ups with hiring managers or recruiters to stay in touch with market dynamics, or gauge employment opportunities or positions that may interest you. This also helps keep you top of their minds should a great opportunity avail on their end, or when the need for a new job for you arises.

This is particularly apt for Xpand’s “Candidate First” model. We focus on building long term relationships with our candidates, in order to let them know when their perfect role arises.

So… now that you have finished reading my blog, why don’t we catch up for a coffee to discuss your next adventure?