Thursday, July 15, 2010

Don't Quit Your Job In June or November

If possible, it's best to have a job while you are looking for another one. Still, sometimes that's not possible. People move, can't stand a boss, can't interview while working for someone else, yada yada.

If you must quit a job before you can look somewhere else, don't quit in June. Based on my own personal observations, July and August are slower periods for hiring new employees. The period between Thanksgiving and New Years is slow, too. If 3 or 4 people weigh in on a hiring decision, there's a pretty good chance one of them will be on vacation during the summer or holidays. Even if a vacationing interviewer can speak by phone, it's not as desirable as interviewing in person.

Even if you can afford to be unemployed for a while, do you really want to start your job search off during a slow period? The subtle influences that affect you during a lethargic hiring process will creep into your subconscious. You may begin to doubt your desirability or chances for success.

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