When is the best time to look for a NEW OPPORTUNITY? My answer, as empathically as I can state it would be “WHEN THERE ARE THE MOST INVITING AND ENTICING OPPORTUNITIES, and, HIRING IS IN FULL SWING!” So let me state clearly that “EDA has not had this many great opportunities since well, lets just say since office space was an extremely hard-to-get commodity way back when, in the valley .
What I am trying to say in my usual metaphoric way is (and I could have just said since the “CRASH”), , there are so many great opportunities in EDA right now. As for when is the right “time”; I think clearly that the time is right now, as it is toward the end of the year. The end of the year is a great time to start the process. Clearly bonuses (if any) are forthcoming, and the slate is clear to start the New Year the way you want, with something new and exciting. This should almost be your pre New Year's RESOLUTION.
So, First let me CLEARLY say the following. As a recruiter, (and a darn good one, but whose bragging), I make my living by finding people new opportunities. Having said that, I also pride myself on being a friend and confidant to the folks I work with. I always try to be someone that can offer good and caring balanced advice. A good recruiter should be concerned about their clients' future, because changing a job is also changing your life. The opportunity must always be for the better, and I make sure to make that crystal clear to everyone I work with. I tell them to make the change because you want a better opportunity, not because some recruiter is calling or telling you. Now that I got that out of the way, let me divide the decision to change careers in to three categories. Let us briefly discuss each
Those that need to get out
Lets start here because this is the easiest and most obvious.
If you are one of those that have been (IM)patiently waiting for the right time to leave, or perhaps have lost passion for your work, or even feel that your input is of little merit. Maybe you feel like you get little recognition or appreciation for your hard work and dedication, or you see no clear improved career path. Most important, if you are struggling with your team, manager or future of the company, then you absolutely should be looking right now. If any of these or similar even closely resemble your thoughts, then NOW IS THE TIME TO IMMEDIATELY START LOOKING.
Those that are wondering if this might be a good time to test the waters and see what is out there
So you ponder more than infrequently about looking for something new. Perhaps it is boredom, perhaps it is as simple as working for the same company for to long. Maybe it is that you want a new project to excite you, or maybe you just want something different than what you have now. Well then, now is the prefect time for you because you do not have to leave, but you can leave if you find something that truly excites you. If you are really serious about looking, and you are not just looking to waste everyone's time, then truly you are in the best position! You can “look” and if you do not like what you see, then you simply stay where you are until something better comes along. Go on a few interviews, call your recruiter and ask him what kind of opportunities he/she has. And then spend a few hours checking them out. Your recruiter can best guide you to the most appropriate and best opportunitiesavailable to you.
Those that should not even think about looking
And for me, this is even easier than the first. Never leave for MONEY, unless it is DRAMATICALLY improved money! If you are one of those that are happy with the work you do every day, and with the people and managers you work with, then stay where you are! No one is ever truly happy with the money they make, and a few more dollars is never worth the risk of not replicating all the good things you had before. No GOOD recruiter should ever try to make you leave something you are 85-90% happy with. If he/she suggests that you look with the above criteria, then get a new recruiter. Never consider a move when almost everything is pretty darn good. Like I said, no one can guarantee that they can replicate the good you already have.
I know that the thought of looking for a new opportunity for some is like a visit to the dentist without Novocain. But you owe it to yourself to be happy and like what you do, and if you do not have that where you are now, then you need to start the new search today. You owe it to yourself to be in an enjoyable working environment and to like the work you do. Since you spend the lions share of your week there, then you should have excitement and be motivated to do the best you can, and like doing it. You owe it to yourself to have this and more, and we can help you find it, if you do not. When you're happy and like what you do and where your work, the rest of your life becomes just a little easier, and a lot more satisfying.