Career counselors say that the best time to look for a job is while you are already employed. And this is true for a number of reasons.
Out of work and looking
The first reason is that you’re not under pressure to find something. If you are unemployed and looking, there would be a lot greater pressure to find something more quickly. You have to consider your financial situation because you are no longer drawing a salary or have benefits. Also, the longer you go without finding employment, the more difficult it usually becomes to find something because employers are wary that your skills have eroded.
There is a stigma associated with people who are unemployed, and it’s something they have to contend with in the job search.
If, on the other hand, you are still working, you can afford to take a more measured approach, and consider your options more carefully. You can take your time.
Another reason to look while you still have a job is that organizations value people who are already employed. It’s a kind of validation that you are a good worker and that you can perform well.
Some of the best opportunities may come along while you are not even looking for a job. That’s because recruiters are searching for passive job candidates, people who may not be actively looking for a job but who may be willing to move if the incentives are right.
So it’s important, while you are still gainfully employed, that you keep your resume up to date and maintain your network. This way you can take the time you need to do a good job on your resume. The worst time to work on it is when you need to get something back to a recruiter quickly so he or she can take it to another employer.
For the same reason, you need to keep your LinkedIn profile up to date as well. Employers and recruiters routinely inspect these when they are looking for new people, so you want to make yours stand out.
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