Job Search Timing: The Things You Must Know

Job search timing. Is this the right time in your career to make a job change? What are the things you must know to answer this question?

Success is greatest when timing meets necessity. ~

Are You in the Wrong Job?

Here are some questions that will help you know that it’s time to consider a job search.

  1. Is every day a crisis?
  2. Do you feel burned out and can no longer do your job?
  3. Is the culture toxic?
  4. Have you outgrown your job and cannot get greater responsibility?
  5. Is your company in financial or performance trouble?
  6. Does your company fire people unexpectedly and seemingly without cause?
  7. Is your commute too far or too expensive?
  8. Are underpaid?

Are Your Problems Temporary?

Notice that in the last paragraph that I said “consider a job search.”

Some of these problems can change over time.   If you spend the time making your current job better instead of spending that time on a job search, you may find staying in your current job helps you several ways.

Here are some ideas on ways to improve you working conditions.

  1. Take more breaks.
  2. Do not work during coffee breaks or lunch.
  3. Leave your work at your workplace.
  4. Do not work around the clock or seven days a week.
  5. Take vacations.
  6. Learn methods to relieve stress and develop a positive attitude.
  7. Ask for a pay raise.
  8. Avoid toxic people.

Job Search Timing and Risk

There are risks of going to a new workplace.

First, you may find that the problems at one workplace exist at the next work place.  You are only moving from one rut to another rut.  Changing jobs in this case would be a huge mistake, especially if you are walking away from accumulated benefits and tenure.

Second, you may find that the new job solves one problem but brings on other problems.  For example, you leave your current job and get more money.  However, you find that the culture or workload are a disaster.

Third, the offer that you negotiate may be an increase.  However, you find that there are hidden expenses at your new job.

  • Commuting costs
  • Clothing costs
  • Insurance Costs
  • Increased taxes
  • Lost vacation
  • Unrealistic bonus expectations

Is Your Job Search Timing the Best for You Mentally and Financially?

A job search is certainly a lot of work. It takes planning, time, effort, and money.   There are risks of losing your current job while you are looking for a new job. Furthermore, a job search is a numbers game.  Contacting more people will increase the likelihood that you get a job.  However, as more people who learn that you are in a job search, you will increase the risk of your employer learning that you are looking around.

These factors are stressful.  You must ask yourself if you are in a position to conduct a job search.

Do You Even Want a New Job?

Starting a new job is full of changes.

For example, you will meet new people and must build new relationships.  Second, you may find the new culture is a complete shock.  Furthermore, you may find that your current skills don’t align as well as you had hoped in your new job.  Additionally, you will have a new boss to impress and to understand.


With job search timing, you increase your success in landing the job you deserve.  Before you launch a job search, look at all the factors to decide whether the timing is the best for your efforts to find a new job.