When is the very best time to look for a job?
a) When you have a job (so don’t quit before you find a new one).
b) When you have time to devote to finding a job.
c) When you’re “ready” and focused to look.
d) Once your resume gets updated.
e) Only after two years in the same job.
f) None of the above.The correct answer is (f) none of the above. The ideal time to look for your next job is the day you start a new job. If you’re like most professionals, you’re probably thinking “What? You mean I don’t get a break from the grind of looking for work? "Or maybe you’re thinking “Whoa, I have to learn my new job first – plus, my employer isn’t paying me to look for a new job.” Related: How To Job Search While You’re Still Employed Logical thoughts, but they reflect some outdated and dangerous thinking. Outdated because getting hired is more and more about being plugged in at the right place and the right time and dangerous because managing your career is no one’s responsibility but yours. Have you had the experience when you mention that you’re looking for work and in response, you receive sympathetic groans and cautious advice from others? Job searching falls into the category of horrible "best-to-be-avoided" experiences like root canals and public speaking. It's human nature to only undertake a search when absolutely necessary, say when you lose your job or you’re so miserable you fantasize daily about just quitting. The problem is that you’re thinking of your job search like a crash diet. Here’s how job searches are like crash diets. We know we need to lose weight or look for a new job, but life gets in the way. So we plod along, not doing anything about it, until its class reunion or career crisis time. Then, we find ourselves frantically trying to cram everything in -- exercise/meal replacements and resume rewrites/networking -- with little time for it to actually work. We try shortcuts, and we set ourselves up for failure. If we could just stick with a more balanced and healthy lifestyle approach, we’d actually have less anxiety and stress. Here are three ways to start your job search the day you start you next job: