1. In a down economy
1. 在经济萧条的时候

This one is obvious, but in case it isn’t: Pay close attention to Department of Labor reports on job opportunity and unemployment rates within your field, and decide whether leaving your current job at this time is really worth the effort.



2. When you’re hoping to make more money
2. 当你想赚更多的钱

Salary is a primary reason people consider switching jobs. But first, research the average salary for someone with your skills and background to see what’s possible. Next, script an argument to your current employer about raising your pay. You should especially take this path if you’re satisfied with where you work.



3. You’re bored
3. 你觉得无聊了

Your first reaction to employment ennui shouldn’t be to leave your job entirely, but to diagnose the problem. Have you truly outgrown the position without any hope for more diverse responsibilities? If so,discuss opportunities for restructuring your current job with your supervisor before making sudden moves.


4. You’re overworked
4. 你的工作太多

The yin to being bored on the job’s yang - having too much to do might also cause you to look elsewhere. Your plan for handling this is also similar: First, analyze how well you’re managing your time, then plead your case to your boss. Together the two of you might be able to compromise and prioritize your assignments.


5. Before a monumental life change
5. 在人生有重大改变之前

There are times when your focus will, and should, be on more important issues than your career, whether it’s because of an event that’s happy (like getting married or being pregnant) or due to one that’s sad (like getting a divorce or the death of an immediate family member). You won’t have the time to carefully make decisions about whether a new job is right for you. You might also make a decision that’s based more on emotion than rationale.


6. You’re house hunting
6. 你在找房子

You’ve heard the saying, “Job hunting is a full-time job itself.” So is house hunting. You won’t have the time to take the level of care that you should with either activity if you’re trying to do both at the same time.


7. Right before that big vacation
7. 在大假之前

If you know you’re about to spend several weeks away on your honeymoon, or that you finally saved enough money and vacation time for a walkabout on the Australian outback, then wait until after you’ve had these once-in-a-lifetime experiences to dive into a job search. It’s unfair to make a new employer compensate for your extended absence.



8. The end of the year
8. 年末

This warning has nothing to do with hiring opportunity and everything to do with hiring logistics. A lot of people take time off from work around the holidays, and you’ll have to be more patient when it comes to scheduling interviews, tracking down your references and waiting on callbacks. If you can afford to, delay your search until January, when more people are likely to be in the office.



9. You’ve had a few bad days at work
9. 工作不顺心

The best remedy when you’ve had a disagreement with your boss or seen one of your projects derail isn’t to run for the hills. Those are the breaks with any job, and you shouldn’t immediately jump to the conclusion that it’s time to move on.


10. You’ve been with your employer for less than a year
10. 在老板手下做事不到一年

No one is suggesting that you do working at a company that’s making you truly miserable, but you also don’t want to rack up too many job flings. Hiring managers will rightly see you as a flight risk, and they’ll require a good explanation for why you’re leaving your current job so soon.