The Best Time to Change Jobs

The Best Time to Change Jobs

Changing jobs is one of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life.  That statement does not mean that job changes do not bring high rewards.  Getting married, having children, and buying a house are also among the most stressful experiences in a person’s life.  Yet these experiences are rewarding.

To make any major life change successful and rewarding requires preparation, planning, and timing.

Changing jobs often means leaving friends and familiar routines to go to a place where you do not know anyone and where the people, the ways of working, and the culture are completely different.

Although money is a good reason to go to another job, money is not the only reason.  If you feel frustrated, where you are working and want to move to a new job, write down the things that you want in a job.  Generally, the three most important considerations are money, location, and duties.  If you are underpaid, have a horrible commute, and bored with what you do everyday, you have three good reasons to begin to look for a new job.

The best time to get a job is when you have a job.  People who do not have a job are competing with people who do have a job.  Unemployed people have to explain why they do not have a job before they can start to present their qualifications.

If you do not have a job, prepare to discuss your situation.  Rehearse your discussion with your friends or family before meeting an employer.

Look at your personal situation and decide if you want to try to change jobs at the time.  Job changeis stressful.  If you have short-term circumstances that are stressful, waiting until those things pass will help you enter the job market with more enthusiasm and confidence.

The holiday season can make job changes more difficult, but you do not have to put all your job-change efforts on hold.  For example, you might want to use spare minutes between Thanksgiving and the New Year to polish your resume, put together your list of references, create a list of potential hiring companies, sign up for job boards, and other things you can do while sitting on your PC or laptop during the evening or when waking up in the morning.

Companies hire people year round.  Continue to contact employers, make applications, and schedule interviews any time that fits your schedule.  If you want to interview between December 26 and December 30, there are fewer interviews that week, but some companies still have their doors open to applicants.

If you are having difficulties on your current job and you have found that you cannot improve these conditions, begin to discuss your plans to make a change with your friends and family.  However, keep your plans confidential and private to prevent your current employer from knowing your plans.  If you have already found that conditions will not improve where you are working, you will only make your current employer view you as disloyal by having them learn of your plans to leave.

Consider the timing of bonus payments, options vesting, vacation time, and other things you have earned.

Leaving a company for a better opportunity when you are doing a great job and on good terms is a great way to stay on top in your career.  There is stress involved in the change.  Pacing yourself, timing your change relative to other things in your life, and planning your change carefully will cut the stress and make your change more successful as you move on to the next stage of your career.

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