When Is the Best Time to Start Looking for Your Next Thing?

Libbie Snyder

And the answer is: right now.

Even if you are happy in your current position, it’s wise to stay informed about opportunities, skills that are in demand, and how much you are – or could be – earning.

Finding an awesome gig doesn’t happen overnight. If you wait until the pressure is on to find a job, you’re more likely to compromise on what’s important to you. When you stay up-to-date on the market and your worth, you can make informed decisions on opportunities that come your way.

Have no fear – our top tips are here:

Opportunity Knocks

An ongoing, casual look at openings is essential, and will let you know about offers at the best time – when you still have a job. It’s also vital to maintain contacts who might tell you of an ideal opening. Both steps allow you to be selective and avoid the pressure of searching when you have no other options.

Here are some career-building habits that are good to develop.

Your Current Job Is Going Nowhere

No job is perfect, but when your job begins to cause you serious grief, and your boss doesn’t care, it’s time to leave. But start looking before you can’t stand it; hating your job leads to stress, which might show during interviews or even get you fired.

Or maybe it’s not you. If the talk around the office is about how your company is sinking, don’t wait to look elsewhere.

Here is how to spot a struggling company.

You’ve Been There Too Long

Five or more years in the same job damages your position in the company. Studies show that the longer you stay, the lower your chances for promotion.

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It’s also a fact that old timers get paid less over their career than those who frequently change jobs. In addition, when you don’t move for a while, your skills suffer and your resume doesn’t show a variety of experience. Changing jobs frequently also gives you more contacts and references.

This is why staying at a job too long destroys your earnings.

Don’t Wait ‘Till It’s Too Late

It takes time to find a new job. The average search lasts 43 days, and moreover, the higher the desired salary, the longer the search – about one month for every $10,000 that you want to earn.

So keep that finger on the pulse, and you can kiss those FOMO fears good-bye.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius