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What is the best time to look for a job? And 4 more Q&A from a career coach

What is the best time to look for a job? And 4 more Q&A from a career coach

Marlene Chism

by Marlene Chism 04/03/2019

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Jan H., Germany

Hi! When it is the best time/season to look for a job?


the best time to look for a job is when you don’t really need the job. The point being, that when you are in a state of “need” or you are nervous because you are struggling to find employment you aren’t able to present your most valuable self to the employer. So, the best time to look for a job is when you already feel successful. However, whether you need the job or not, it’s all about mindset and preparation. The mindset is this: I have something valuable to offer this company. The preparation part is to know about the company. Study their culture and know their core values. Determine what you bring to the table. Come to the interview wanting to be of service.


Felipe F., Colombia

My friend is really upset because he’s sent tons of CVs and got no job offers he would like to accept. How can I keep him motivated and make him try further because he’s seeing no results of his efforts and is really frustrated. Thank you for the answer!


You have to let your friend experience his own journey. You can encourage him, but chances are he might need some expert help with a career counselor who can give him honest feedback about why he is experiencing struggles. Try to remember that even though you feel his pain, it’s not really your job to keep your friend motivated. Just lend an ear, be supportive and encourage him to find the expert help he needs to move forward.


Markus S., Germany

I’ve been working in my company for 1,5 years now. I don’t see a lot of opportunities here, because I’m basically doing the same things I’ve been doing when I just started, but I don’t know if I should look for a new job now or wait longer to create some “consistency” in the CV – in the Uni and after graduation I’ve had only short internships (3, 4,6 months). Would it mean in my future job search how long have I stayed on your first job?


I’d like to challenge you to ask a different question. Instead of worrying about whether you should stay until you find another opportunity, ask yourself how you can create opportunity right where you are. Put together a plan and then go ask your boss for new opportunities. Get crystal clear on what kind of experience you desire. It’s easier to get opportunity if you know exactly what you are wanting. Once you can truly articulate what you want, then you can make a game out of it and start designing your own opportunities. You may ask for mentoring. You may ask to cross train. You may even have to do some volunteer work that doesn’t pay much. In other words don’t ask what your company can do for you, ask what you can do for your company. See the bigger picture. Make yourself valuable right where you are, then you won’t have to worry about whether or not to leave. You will either attract the right opportunities there, or you will be recruited.


Rafael H., Brazil

What are the best tools to keep my skills updated?


If you were a dentist, I would say attend dental conferences. If you were a carpenter I would say apprentice with a master carpenter. Whatever industry you are in, there are associations you can belong to that will keep you updated and there are always mentors with more experience who are willing to share their knowledge. With that said, the one skill set that will elevate you in every single area of your life is what I call critical skills. Critical skills are often referred to as “soft skills.” The reason I call them critical skills is because the one skill everyone needs is to learn how to communicate effectively. Nothing happens without communication. You need communication to sell, to negotiate, to manage conflict, and to manage others. A great affordable resource is Linked In Learning Global Platform. You can learn both hard and soft skills for a monthly fee.


Marlene Chism is a consultant, executive educator, and international speaker. She is the author of three books: Stop Workplace Drama (Wiley 2011); No-Drama Leadership (Bibliomotion 2015); and 7 Ways to Stop Drama in Your Healthcare Practice (Greenbranch 2018). Marlene is an expert offering two courses on the Linked In Learning Global Platform.

Marlene works with corporate executives and leaders of high-growth organizations that want to stop workplace drama, elevate leadership, and significantly improve strategic relationships. From corporate retreats, to association meetings Marlene’s message of empowerment and personal responsibility is making its way around the globe. For more information visit

Marlene Chism

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