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My company has just been bought by a private equity company. I have friends who have been through this, and it invariably leads to layoffs as the company is chopped up and sold off piecemeal. While I believe my job is safe in the short term, I also think it’s time to start planning to find a new position somewhere else. When is the best time of year to make a move?

Great question, and there are two more questions you need to answer, all of which play

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