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Asked by Maura on August 28, 2015

I currently am looking to find a new job. Would you suggest keeping my current position while I am looking or do you think it would be more benficial to concentrate all of my efforts on the job search?

Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on August 28, 2015

It depends on your personal financial situation, but in general, it is not a good idea to resign from a position without something else lined up.  If the concern is finding time to go to interviews, etc., most companies are pretty flexible about working around the schedules of their candidates.  It is not uncommon to have interviews over the lunch hour or either early and late in the day.  More importantly, in this job search process, you will likely be asked why you left employer XYZ.  Advising that you left to concentrate on your job search would most likely not be viewed in a positive light by a potential employer.

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Answered by Cassandra, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on August 28, 2015

If financial stability and maintaining a current standard of living isn't an issue than you could consider focusing all of your time on the search but I'm not sure that's a feasible option for most people.  Here are some questions to ask yourself: what if the job search takes longer than anticipated and you don't secure a job for six to twelve months after your current role, can I afford to live?  Would I be ok with providing an explanation on why I left my last role? How will this decision impact my overall demeanor and perspective during the search while unemployed (e.g. can I demonstrate enthusiasm and convey excitement or will I demonstrate frustration)? Leaving your current role will create a gap of employment on your resume that an interviewer would question, as well.  There are plenty of questions you'll need answer during the job search but that's not one to include in mix unnecessarily.  Many people search for roles while maintaining employment and resign with the proper notice when the right opportunity is secured.  In summary, keep your current role while looking for a new role. Happy job searching!

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Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at Hewlett-Packard, on September 21, 2015

Personally I would suggest keeping your current position while looking for a new role, unless you have a good reason to leave now (i.e. unsafe work environment). Most companies are willing to work around your schedule for interviews and some may even be able to have video conferences as an option. 
Good luck in your job search!  

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