Start A New Job Search 18 Months After Starting A New Job

Start A New Job Search 18 Months After Starting A New Job
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Whether you’ve been with your employer for a while or have just been hired for a job, it’s a good idea to regularly search the job market to see what else is out there. Career Pivot recommends being prepared to switch jobs every three years.

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Job searches can take between three months to two years (or more), including all the time the company takes to interview applicants and make the hire. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to be prepared to change jobs every three years:

So how long will my job search take?

I tell my clients to plan on a minimum of 6 months to 2 years. If you are employed, it really depends on the amount of time you can dedicate to the job search. If you follow my Target Job Search Strategy, you should plan on starting your job search 18 months after you start a new job and plan on that search taking 18 months. That means you will be prepared to changed jobs every 3 years. That does not mean you will change jobs every 3 years, BUT you will be prepared to do so.

With this strategy, you’ll have the flexibility to move to a better opportunity or recover more quickly if you lose your job while still having the option of staying at your current job you enjoy.

How Long Will My Job Search Take? [Career Pivot]


  • So a company who’s job is to get people to change jobs is saying its a good idea to ignore moving up within your current job and working towards long service…..does America have long service? this is terrible advice for Australians. Get your long service and work your way up internally if possible. A new job every three years is a bit of bad advice.

    • I think it’s very valid advice for australians, I work for a government owned corporation and we had some of the best working conditions in the state but they’re slowly being eroded away to allow for more ‘flexibility’, I can’t imagine how much worse it is in private enterprise. Internal promotions are a think of the past, every advancement I’ve made in my career was due to changing companies.

      • every 18 months?

        I work for a uni and we are undergoing change as well but I can apply for other roles within the university and keep my long service. I have kept my roles for a minimum of five years, eighteen months is ridiculous I feel.

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