Mikey P is the latest reader to ask this question. “Laurie, how will I know when it’s time to start looking for a job?”
My answer is always the same. You should never stop looking for a job.
- You look for a job when you are gainfully employed because it’s easier to find a better job — and a better-paying job — while you still have a job.
- When you find the perfect job and you are happy, look for another job in the same company — or with a competitor — so you can gain more responsibilities and earn more money.
- You’re at the top of your game and you don’t want to earn more money? Bullocks. You’re never at the top of your game, and your kids will never stop bleeding you dry. Complacency will get you fired. Look for a job so you are prepared when the hammer falls.
Many people look for a ‘sign’ before they begin a job search. Let me be your sign. Your company won’t turn down a chance to outsource your job to China, and your boss wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to throw you under a bus to save money in the budget.
This is the sign you’ve been waiting for, yo. Start your job search today. Look for a job from the comfort of your warm cubicle with free, company-sponsored high-speed internet and your cushy Aeron