SmartTalent - When to Start Looking for a JobWhen you want a new job or a career change, you need to determine the best time to begin looking in order to be successful. That time will be different for each individual, but there are some common factors that come into play for everyone. No matter how strong your career has been in the past, you need to have certain factors in place before you begin a job search –  or else you may face serious struggles.

Look When you Don’t Need a Job

An excellent time to begin a job search is when you actually do not need a new job. This will take all of the pressure off of you to find employment and make it a more enjoyable process. Looking for a job when you don’t need one enables you to take your time and find one that fits you as close to perfect as possible. Even if an offer comes along, you are not forced to take it, because you are still employed.

After Research is Performed

Never enter into a new job search without performing thorough research. You must know the type of job you want, the industry in which you want to work and the types of companies that are hiring in your niche.

After the Ball Drops

Of course we mean in the new year. One of the best times to begin a new job search is after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Many companies start hiring again when the calendar switches to a brand new year because of updated budgets. It is also a good time of year to search for a job because it can make you feel like you are starting fresh, and having the right mindset can make all of the difference in the world!

Following the Completion of a Project

If you have just finished a major project at your current employer, start looking for a new job. This is an excellent time because you have a strong piece of evidence to show off to potential employers when they ask for your portfolio. Another reason to search for a job after a project is that you do not want to burn any bridges while you’re on an assignment. Stay focused on the task at hand and complete the project in its entirety before beginning a search.

Following a Life Change

Avoid looking for a new job in the middle of a major life change. This includes not starting a new job while planning a wedding, while going through a personal lift change or while going back to school full-time. You need to invest a lot of time and energy when starting a new job and if you are going through a major life change, you may not have the ability to dedicate the resources you would otherwise to your job search.

Are you ready to begin the search for a new job? If so, contact the experienced recruiting staff at SmartTalent today to find the ways to begin your search.