I am currently serving a one-year term as an AmeriCorps VISTA and it is coming to a close in August. I'm wondering if it's too early to start looking for a new job, or if I should start applying to positions now. Your advice will be much appreciated.
Savvy says: Timing a job search is always a tough game. To see my answer to this question, read more.
A bigger question is really when you're available to interview for jobs. Whether you intend on living in the same city after your VISTA service is complete or plan on moving away, you need to be realistic about taking time away from your current commitment to attend interviews. If you can't find time during weekdays or aren't able to take off any days to travel to an interview, then you might wait until you're a little closer to wrapping up your current position to start applying for jobs. What's the point in applying if you can't interview?
Like I said, timing a job hunt is nearly impossible. It's a slow market these days, and while most companies and organizations like to see that you can start immediately, hiring during the Summer typically lags more than usual. Polish your resume and draft cover letters for various types of positions that you come across while you're perusing job boards. You want to familiarize yourself with the current job market and be able to hit the ground running when that perfect position arises.