Ask Dr. Job’s chief contributor, Sandra Pesmen, is a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame and author of “DR. JOB’s Complete Career Guide.”

Winner of several journalism awards, Pesmen is a graduate of the University of Illinois Media College at Urbana, and is listed in several Who’s Who editions. She also has been Corporate Features Editor of Crain Communications Inc., founding Features Editor of Crain’s Chicago Business and a reporter/features writer for The Chicago Daily News.

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Hunt job or stay put?

Q.  I've wanted to look for a new job for a long time but everyone keeps telling me this is a terrible time to change jobs and I should be grateful to just have one. Is that the right advice or should I keep looking anyway?

Ans. This may be a really good time to start looking for a new job, according to the consultants at Winter, Wyman, staffing firm consultants that see the economy looking up. Tracy A. Cashman, a partner and general manager of its IT group, says many companies have been understaffed and are seeking candidates. Also, if you've been understaffed, overworked and frustrated at your current company, it may be the perfect time to move for a fresh start. But don't let the boss know you're looking and never quit until you have a better, firm offer in hand.

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