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.
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]