Q: I’m finishing college in May; when should I begin searching for a job?
A: When I was finishing college, the old adage was “for every 10,000 you hope to make, allow 1 month of job searching.” I began the job search in the Fall of 1996, and by March of 1997 I had companies in mind that I’d consider working for, and interviews setup. Sure enough, the job I landed (which paid about $30k at the time), started in May, which match the 10,000/per month rule).
This same rule can be applied after college. If you are planning on leaving the job you are in, you may want to plan on researching jobs several months prior to your decision to leave, allowing for maximum opportunities for consideration.