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How Soon Should I Start My Lateral Job Search?

ByManaging Director, San Francisco Bay Area Director, Diversity Recruiting Practice
Question: Now that it's almost a new year, I'd like to begin a job search to lateral to another firm. Understandably, I don't want to miss out on receiving my year-end bonus. I'm concerned, however, because our firm doesn't distribute bonuses until March. Is it too soon to begin a job search now, knowing that I won't realistically be able to move until mid- to late March at the earliest?
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