When is the best time to look for a new role in 2015?

By Posted on : 29 Apr 2015 0 Comments

I am often asked about the best time of year to look for a new job. Is it after Australia day? After FYE? After the top 4 banks pay their bonuses? The reality is that the financial climate has improved and recruitment volumes are steadily increasing, therefore it is less about when the market is ready and more about when YOU are ready.

Your emotional state and professional status is the only things that will indicate readiness this year. On average, 60% of applicants that I meet or engage with are not emotionally or professionally ready to take the plunge into a new role. This can show through;

  • Being unprepared for the meeting with the recruiter or the employer
  • Proceeding to offer, only to decline at the last minute (quite often burning bridges in the process)
  • Being vague about career direction
  • Lacking enthusiasm in meetings and interaction


Due to heightened economic confidence and increased competition for key roles, the market has shifted significantly and it is no longer excusable for a candidate to explore the market unprepared or to be unclear about their next steps.

To clarify, you do not need to have an exact picture of your next role or career direction, most professionals do not. However, it is crucial that you consider the following before you begin the process of exploring external opportunities;

1. Can you clearly articulate WHY you are considering a new role?

2. Have you contemplated your financial commitments and what you need to earn? Have these been discussed with your family/partner?

3. What would your ideal role look like?

4. Have you discussed potential internal roles?

5. Is there anything your manager can do to keep you in their business?

6. Have you considered your career goals and mapped out your own career roadmap?

7. When is your bonus/remuneration cycle? What impact will this have?

8. Have you a mentor? Have you discussed a move with them?

So, WHEN is a good time to look for a role in 2015? The answer is WHEN you have considered and can articulate the above points!

By Victoria Butt